Smart Space

We’ve developed Smart Space, a modular-based digital training programme, to meet the needs of emerging and established VCS services in perinatal mental health.

The themes have been shaped by listening to and learning from the VCS community. The idea is that we’re balancing hearts and minds to consider both the practical and emotional aspects of running, growing and sustaining a service.

Smart Space is designed and delivered by experienced founders, leaders and professionals from the sector. They share ‘how to’ guidance, tips and strategies in bite-size videos to ensure it’s as accessible as possible. Modules are complemented by a ‘living library’ of resources as well as some Honest Conversations from people talking openly about their first-hand experiences of growing services.


We’ve focused on topics that are high on the agenda in conversations with our community and tailored them to both emerging and established services. Themes include:

  • Overview of perinatal mental health
  • Growing a service from scratch
  • Developing a safe service
  • Promoting your service
  • Navigating funding and finance
  • Governance

A springboard for you

Smart Space is a springboard of ideas and considerations to help you enhance and develop your service. We don’t promise to have all the answers, but we do hope to plant some seeds. There aren’t any tests or exercises to complete, just lots of compelling content for you to access in ways that work for you.

Let us know your feedback, so we too can keep learning!