External Parent Support

General Parent Support Groups

Barnardo’s

Barnardo’s offer a range of groups and activities at their children’s centres. Download their latest programme of events at Barnardo’s Plymouth Children’s Centre Citywide Timetable.

Barnardo’s offer the following groups for parents:

  • New Parent, New Baby Group – Monday’s, 1:30pm-2:15pm
    Come along for a chance to meet and chat with other new parents and their babies.
  • Baby Bookstart – Thursday’s, 10am-10:45am
    Come along for rhymes, stories and activities.
  • Toddler Time – Wednesday’s, 10am-10:45am
    Come along to meet and chat to others and enjoy activities, singing and dancing.

To book a place for any of the Barnardo’s groups above, message the Barnardo’s Plymouth Facebook or email support@barnardos.org.uk

Barnardo’s also have a private Facebook group called Plymouth Young Parents Support Group for expecting mothers / parents under 25 years old wanting to make new friends, get support or be part of a community. Join Plymouth Young Parents Support Group.

Dangerous Dads

The Dangerous Dads network supports fathers groups across the UK and Internationally. It offers a range of fun, low-cost activities all year round for fathers / male carers and children under 10. All dad’s, grandad’s and male carers are welcome.

For Dangerous Dad’s events:

  • To follow what’s going on in Plymouth, join the Dangerous Dads Dadventures Facebook group.
  • Join the Tuesday, monthly Conversation Cafe’s in person at The Barn, Kit Hill, Plymouth PL5 1EJ or from the comfort of your home online via Zoom. This is a safe space to talk all things dad. Book your free space by emailing: bookings@dangerousdads.org.uk

Mind Devon
Emotional Support for New Parents

Are you a new mother, mum-to-be, or partner?

It’s very common to have concerns or experience stress about the changes that happen with parenthood.

If you would like some emotional support about these hormonal and identity changes, our qualified practitioner can provide you with one-to-one assistance and advice.

We are offering one-to-one emotional support by telephone and online via Zoom.

To enquire about this service, please complete an online enquiry form at: Emotional Support for New Parents

Online Peer Support Group
Monday’s, 10:30am-11:30am on Microsoft Teams

If you are a new mum or a mum to be and feel you need some extra support, or a place to talk about how you are feeling, grab a cuppa and join our informal group. Run by Livewell South West, these are friendly, welcoming virtual groups of 6.

To receive your Microsoft Teams link, please email: livewell.perinatalpeersupport@nhs.net

Peer Supporters

Are you a mum with experience of perinatal mental health issues who would like to offer support to new mums, and mums to be, who are struggling with their mental health and emotional wellbeing?

  • You can offer friendly, non-judgemental support
  • Lived experiences of perinatal mental health issues
  • Face-to-face and virtual groups.

For more information email: livewell.perinatalpeersupport@nhs.net

Young Parents Community Cafe
Tuesday’s, 12:30pm-2:30pm

Southway Youth and Community Centre have a community cafe for young parents under 25 years. Sessions run on Tuesday’s, 12:30pm-2:30pm at Southway Youth & Community Centre, Hendwell Cose, Plymouth PL6 6TB. For more information please contact natalie.griffin@plymouth.gov.uk

SEND Parent Support Groups

These parent support groups are specifically for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

My Time Parent / Carer Support Sessions
Thursday’s (Fortnightly), 8pm-9pm, Free online event

My Time online parent/carers sessions give you the opportunity to chat, share experiences, have fun and most importantly relax and concentrate on YOU!

If you would like more information or to join the sessions, please contact Nicky from Friends and Families of Special Children on 01752 204369 or email nicky@friendsandfamilies.org.uk

Plymouth Parent Carer Voice: Coffee, Cake & Chat
Wednesday’s, 10am – 11am

A fortnightly virtual meeting for parents / carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities. We are here to chat, share stories and help you find the right services and information. For the next meeting see: Events

For the access codes and instructions about how to join the meeting, either message the Plymouth Parent Carer Voice Facebook page or email: info@plymouthpcv.co.uk

Preparing for Adulthood – Parent Group Sign-in

In partnership with other agencies, including Education, Social Care and Health providers; the parent group runs regularly to provide opportunities for networking, information, advice and support for parents and young people.

Preparing for Adulthood is just that, and we hope to be able to share the right information at the right time to enable students to transition into adult services, with everything they need to continue their journey.

For more information you can email pfaparentgroup@woodlands.plymouth.sch.uk or hear more information about the next meeting by signing-up at Parent Group Sign-up.