Aminata's story

Being in a new country is never easy, but with Scotland facing the coronavirus pandemic Aminata didn't know how she would set up her new life. Children 1st were able to help.

Aminata arrived in Scotland with her newborn baby, Hope, not long before the country entered lockdown. Aminata is an asylum seeker, fleeing violence, who found herself living alone in a city she didn’t know, struggling to adjust and overwhelmed caring for her first baby. And with the country in crisis she didn’t know where to turn.

Aminata’s health visitor put her in touch with Children 1st. Since then a Children 1st Family Support Worker has spoken to Aminata and Hope every day. With support, Aminata has been able to get a bus pass and visit the GP, dentist and pharmacy, as well as local shops. Aminata has been given food, clothes and baby equipment to help her care for little Hope.

After arriving in Scotland scared and anxious, Aminata no longer feels alone and is gaining confidence. She can cope with the challenges of being a new parent, even in lockdown, and Hope is healthy and happy. Last week Aminata said she sees Children 1st as her “new family” in Scotland.

 

We are here to support every family in Scotland to cope through coronavirus, and into the future. Whatever is affecting your family, you can talk to us. Parentline is here for you every day of the week, over the phone and online.

There also lost of organisations in Scotland who offer specific support for asylum seeking and refugee families.