Catherine Bayton

Volunteer

I’m Catherine, an ex nurse and mum to 3 fabulous children – Jessica aged 26, Chloe 21 and Lewis aged 17. I gave up nursing to bring up my children (as you can imagine trying to organise shifts around 3 children is really difficult!).

While the children were growing up I volunteered at their playgroup and school. Once they were older I decided to retrain, so I went to college and qualified as a nursery assistant.

Over the years I’ve tried to take some time for myself occasionally. I went to college to do some leisure courses which I really enjoyed. I’ve done reflexology, aromatherapy, flower arranging and cake decorating. I feel these activities have really helped me to de stress and relax.

I, personally, have been very lucky to have never suffered with PND but following a traumatic event in my life, I had a very downward spiral with my mental health. I struggled with eating, sleeping, retaining information, remembering what I wanted to say, normal activities such as shopping etc.

As part of my recovery I started volunteering at a dementia support group initially, which I still do. Then following that I saw an advert to volunteer at Sunflower. I thought this would be great for me as I’ve always loved helping people (and having a cuddle with a little baby, while mum has some time out, is a great bonus!).

I really enjoy volunteering at the group, it’s such a friendly and supportive group to be a part of.