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, girls and all people who menstruate 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 social, emotional and educational support, to improve well-being and self-esteem.
We support women, girls and people who menstruate through menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, and 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 genders.
We offer compassionate peer support, and provide a safe, nurturing environment to explore emotional and physical literacy as we pass through these rites of passage. 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 belonging, supported, 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. 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 from pregnancy to parenting. The Nest has grown in other areas as well – starting to deliver services around menstruation and menopause support, with much more 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, sexuality, learning ability, physical impairment, mental illness, age, occupation, income, or wealth. 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).
Get to know us better
Our Team in Numbers
Transitioneers Period Empowerment Volunteers
Perinatal Peer Supporter volunteers
Nest Friends – Menopause Peer Supporters
Meet The Nest Team
Hazel is team coordinator, menopause and menstruation projects lead, facilitator and trainer. She lives on a smallholding, loves making sourdough bread and keeping bees. email@example.com
Jodie is a breastfeeding peer support lead and antenatal educator. She is safeguarding lead, Nesters and Nestlings groups facilitator. and Perinatal Peer Support Network trainer. firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy is a chartered physiotherapist, yoga teacher and massage therapist. She offers pregnancy yoga and post natal core restore sessions , supports the Nesters and Nestlings groups and manages the hire service. email@example.com
Perinatal Peer Support Volunteer Network
FedericaPerinatal Peer Supporter - Nesters
Federica volunteers as part of The Nest Perinatal Peer Support Network. Originally from Italy, she’s been living in the UK since 2011; she lives in Exeter with her husband and daughter, and they’re expecting a second child this year. She loves coastal and countryside walks, travelling and baking.
JenPerinatal Peer Supporter - Nesters
Jen volunteers as part of The Nest Perinatal Peer Support Network. She lives in Exeter with her husband and son. She enjoys spending time outdoors, whether with the dog and family by the sea and on the moors or just in the garden. She enjoys helping new and expectant mums at Nesters, which is very different to her day job working for Devon County Council Highways.
BeckyPerinatal Peer Supporter - Nesltings
Becky volunteers as part of The Nest Perinatal Peer Support Network. She lives in Devon with her husband and 3 children. Her favourite place is by the sea, exploring a rocky beach with her children as well as National Trust walks with the family. Becky works for the NHS as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.
EmmaPerinatal Peer Supporter - walking group
Emma volunteers as a Walk Leader within The Nest Perinatal Peer Support Network. She grew up in Devon and loves living near the moor and sea. She enjoys being outdoors with her young family. She spends her 'me time' at choir singing her heart out.
ZoePerinatal Peer Supporter - Nesters
Zoë volunteers as part of The Nest Perinatal Peer Support Network, to support pregnant mums and birthing people as they become parents. She lives in Pinhoe with her husband and daughter. She loves spending time with friends and family, sewing, and curling up on the sofa with a good box set!
CarlyPerinatal Peer Supporter - Walking group
Carly volunteers as part of The Nest Perinatal Peer Support Network. Originally from the USA, Carly has lived in the UK since 2013, moving to Exeter with her family in 2019. She is a mum of two, and enjoys exploring Devon with them and her Geordie husband in tow. She is also an enthusiastic sewer, and likes to read in that elusive “mum spare time”. She works as an archaeologist at the University of Exeter.
Transitioneer Team – menstrual empowerment
Nest Friends – Menopause Peer Supporters