The Nest Southwest is a not-for-profit, social enterprise, community interest company. It was set up in Devon by local women to support other women and girls through the major life transitions of menstruation, pregnancy, birth and menopause by providing social, emotional and informational support.
From left to right: Nancy, Jodie & Hazel are The Nest’s 3 co-directors. Scroll down the page to read more about them and The Nest team.
Our Vision & Mission
Our vision is to live in a world where women and girls feel empowered and fulfilled at each stage of their life. We want to be part of creating a cohesive society where these rites of passage are honoured as gateways of personal development as well as biological milestones.
Our mission is to provide emotional & educational support, improving well-being & self-esteem to enable peer mentoring and increased wellbeing. We support women and girls through menstruation, pregnancy and childbirth, to post-menopause.
We believe in intersectional feminism by promoting gender justice and racial justice. We are anti-racist and pro-trans rights. We believe in equality for all women and girls everywhere.
We offer compassionate peer support, and providing a safe, nurturing environment to explore emotional & physical literacy as we traverse these gateways. There is no right or wrong way to go through these gateways, they are as individual as we are. But we don’t have to do it alone.
What a different place our world will be if we felt supported, connected and respected as we welcomed ourselves to the next stage of life!
The seeds of this dream had been swirling for some years before finding a place to land. The Nest was officially registered as Community Interest Company in October 2019 by Hazel Acland, Jodie Wilkerson and Nancy Osborne. Together they launched their first project in March 2020 just as the covid-19 pandemic was sweeping the world. Those plans quickly adapted to this new reality and became a weekly online wellbeing group to bring together pregnant and birthing people in the Exeter and East Devon area. The group has evolved to create a perinatal peer support network, training mums to support other mums through matrescence. The Nest has grown in other areas as well – starting to deliver services around menstruation and menopause support, with much more planning in the pipeline!
We aim to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere. We want to challenge all forms of oppression including those based on race, ethnicity, nationality, faith, gender, sex, class, sexuality, gender reassignment, learning ability, physical impairment, mental illness, HIV status, age, occupation, income, wealth and unrelated criminal conviction. We aim to design our activities, services and decision making processes specifically to encourage and support participation from people who face disadvantage in society, including women, girls, BME people, disabled people, LGBTQI+ people, and people on low incomes.
The Nest Southwest CIC is fully committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults. We believe that safeguarding is of paramount importance and that everyone has the right to be safe. We work hard to ensure that The Nest protects and promotes the safety and well-being of all children, young people and adults we work with. All our team members are trained in safeguarding and child protection and have valid DBS checks. The Nest has a designated safeguarding lead who oversees and regularly reviews our training requirements and safeguarding policies. The Nest’s Safeguarding Lead is Jodie Wilkerson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Our Team in Numbers
Transitioneers Period Empowerment Volunteers
Perinatal Peer Supporters
Meet The Nest Team
Hazel is a doula, childbirth educator, author and women’s circle facilitator. She is The Nest team coordinator, Nesters & Red Tent facilitator and Transitioneer Project co-lead. email@example.com
Jodie is a breastfeeding peer support lead and antenatal educator. She is The Nest safeguarding lead, Nesters groups facilitator. and Perinatal Peer Support Network trainer. firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy is a chartered physiotherapist, yoga teacher and massage therapist. She runs The Nest pregnancy yoga, supports the Nesters groups and manages the hire service. email@example.com
Chloe TingleAssociate Trainer & Facilitator
Chloe has a background in menstrual health programmes around the world. She is co-lead on The Nest Transitioneer training project delivering menstrual wellbeing sessions in Exeter schools.
Jayne MeakinFinance Officer
Jayne is The Nest volunteer finance officer and bookkeeper to help the organisation run smoothly, effectively and sustainably. She works at The Met office in Exeter.
Jen MurphyPerinatal Peer Supporter
Jen volunteers as part of The Nest Perinatal Peer Support Network, to support pregnant mums and birthing people as they become parents. Her day job is with Devon County Council Highways.
Federica RaponePerinatal Peer Supporter
Federica volunteers as part of The Nest Perinatal Peer Support Network, to support pregnant mums and birthing people as they become parents. Her background is account management.
Natasha is working with The Nest on an internship placement from Plymouth university where she is studying design.