Groups for parents and parents-to-be provide a support system on your journey. As we say, it all starts with a Baby Step. Thank you to MindWell for producing this list:
Bumps and Babes
Pregnancy and postnatal exercise/relaxation classes and workshops, buggy walks, active birth and coping strategies, hypnobirthing, baby massage and much more. Many activities are free, but some may carry a charge – please check website or social media.
Homestart volunteers support parents one-to-one. They offer practical help and emotional support through opportunities to talk. They are always looking for new volunteers to join their team.
A voluntary organisation that brings dads in Leeds together. Leeds Dads hosts playgroups for dads and kids, organises social events and provides information and expert parenting support.
Regular weekend meet-ups for fun activities and a listening ear. Leeds Dads also organises Dadtastic Day once a year and other family friendly events.
City of Sanctuary – Maternity Stream
Opportunities for pregnant women and mothers who are refugees and asylum seekers to socialise with their peers. We run a weekly peer support meeting via zoom. Help offered through telephone support volunteers and phone top up.
A child friendly drop-in group, focussing on parental wellbeing and support for parents’ needs. Socialise, support each other, volunteer, share.
NCT (Bankside Children’s Centre Group)
A rolling antenatal drop-in for people seeking asylum and refugees. A safe environment to share hopes, fears, experience, learn skills and increase confidence. Interpreters provided.
Other: Tuesdays 12.45pm to 2.30pm Zoom ID: 448498158
Nuture Peer Support
A place for parents to focus on their own needs and wellbeing, to socialise and to support each other. Coffee/tea, cake and chat and sometimes special activities. Virtual support also offered through a facebook group.
Facebook: Nurture Peer Support
Pregnancy in Mind
A supportive wellbeing course for pregnant people experiencing anxiety and or low mood. Delivered to groups and can include partners, it is a chance to meet other people feeling similar emotions.
Tel: 01274 381440
Word-Up Word Mums ‘Social Scribers’
A group to support each other and explore experiences of parenting, including mental health issues, through stories, poems, letters – the written word. To join or find out more, email or Facebook message or simply find the Social Scribers Facebook group and request to join.
Your Space – Pregnancy and Parents
A Touchstone wellbeing service which offers resources, sessions and groups for parents, families and women during pregnancy – on topics such as self-care, mindfulness and family wellbeing. Bespoke sessions for groups and professionals working with the above groups also available.
Tel: 0113 426 1141
NEST (Perinatal Mental Health Ambassadors)
NEST promote anti-stigma around parenting and mental health and share information about help available for those struggling in the perinatal period (from pregnancy to child being one year old). The ‘ambassadors’ themselves have lived experience of perinatal mental health struggles and post blogs and videos from those with lived experience.
YUM’s (Young Mums, Tots & Tums)
A fortnightly friendship, social and support group for young mums and mums-to-be who are 25 and under living in the LS10 and LS11 area. Typically a face to face group (Covid-19 guidelines allowing) the format of the sessions covers different topics and includes inviting professionals to present information. Currently operating via Facebook as a place to share information and provide peer support.
Carers Leeds parent carer coffee morning group – open to anyone with parental responsibility for a child under 19, with a disability, long-term illness, or additional needs. The group runs monthly – call 07398 173 348 for dates and times.
Peer support and be-friending at North and West Yorkshire Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (NWYASBAH) – Do you need someone to talk to? Want to meet others who share the same diagnosis and their families? Take control and thrive by getting in touch with NWYAABAH: call 0796 616 1299 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. This service is for anyone new to a diagnosis or who is living with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus. NWYASBAH supports expectant families, families, children and teens, adults, parents and carers. They have one-to-one support and peer-led group support.