Offering social, emotional and informational support through menstruation, pregnancy, birth and menopause
The Nest Southwest Community Interest Company is a not-for-profit social enterprise that hosts regular groups, workshops and creates vital peer support networks.
What We Do
Our goal is to support you to be your best self and this is at the core of everything we offer. Our peer support groups are a safe space where you can share your journey with others and strengthen your inner resilience. Our volunteer programs build on your previous experiences to develop your skills.
We want to help you make informed choices that are best for you and provide quality information you can trust. Our informational support comes through our local support groups, our hand picked library, the curated resource sections on the website, our workshops and social media campaigns.
We are a women-led grass roots social enterprise with the mission to help create a more informed, confident, ecologically aware community that respects rites of passage. We want everyone to emerge empowered by their experiences to go on and support others.
How we do it
NESTERS: Weekly pregnancy & beyond support group. Book Here.
NESTLINGS: New mums chat group for Nesters graduates.
RED TENT: A monthly women’s group to share support, information and stories relating to the menstrual cycle. Book Here.
YOGA: Weekly classes to gently stretch and reconnect you with your body. Book Here.
MENOPAUSE CAFE: A drop in open space for anyone interested in talking about peri/menopause. Coming soon.
PERINATAL PEER SUPPORT NETWORK: A group of mums who have been trained to support other mums on their journey through matrescence. Interested? Get in touch.
TRANSITIONEERS: We are training a cohort of volunteers as Menstrual Empowerment Educators to deliver menstrual wellbeing workshops in Exeter secondary schools. Learn More.
HIRE, BORROW, BUY: Birth pool, TENS machine, birth balls and a hand chosen library of books. Book Here.
BLOG: Check out our posts to see what we are currently talking about.
SHARING: Our Social Media Campaign aims to inspire via social platforms.
COMMUNITY: We have a WhatsApp Group for our Nesters & Nestlings members and create a sense of community in other ways in order to inspire women to come together and share their experiences, questions, and knowledge.
RESOURCES: Our ever-growing list of resources on each life transition page is also the perfect place to start learning about each topic.
Report: Read our report into the experiences of 243 women and menstruators in Devon. HERE
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Our Organisation in Numbers
Perinatal Peer Supporters
Transitioneers Period Empowerment Volunteers
Pregnancy & Beyond Support groups held in 17 months
The Nest is the place for you if…
- You have a womb
- You menstruate
- You are perimenopausal
- You are menopausal
- You are post-menopausal
- You are pregnant
- You have given birth
- You want support through one of the major life transitions
We know that not all people who menstruate are women, and not all women menstruate. Our services are available to all people with a menstrual cycle and/or a womb, including non-binary and trans people. Read Our Full Equality Statement Here.
Natalie, Member of Nesters group
Jen, Member of Nesters group
“All parts of the journey”
Felicity, Member of Nesters group
Read our blog posts
- Menstrual Empowerment EducationMenstrual Empowerment Education We want to train a team of ‘Transitioneers’ to provide menstrual health workshops for pre-teens in schools in Exeter. WHAT’S THE PROBLEM AND WHY IS IT A PROBLEM? Only one in five girls feels comfortable talking toContinue reading “Menstrual Empowerment Education”
- Perinatal Peer Support Network in ExeterPerinatal Peer Support Network in Exeter This week sees the exciting launch of The Nest Southwest’s Perinatal Peer Support Network (PPSN). This small but mighty group of women have lived experience of birthing in a pandemic and are being trainedContinue reading “Perinatal Peer Support Network in Exeter”
- Happy LBT+ women’s health week!Happy LBT+ women’s health week! Here at the Nest Southwest we strive to be inclusive and take seriously the need for positive allies when supporting lesbian, bisexual and trans women’s health. This week is LBT+ women’s health week and this blogContinue reading “Happy LBT+ women’s health week!”