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Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Third Sector Service Directory
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This directory lists organisations across Scotland who currently offer perinatal and infant mental health support. This information has been provided by the listed organisations themselves and therefore Inspiring Scotland cannot be held responsible for: information found to be incorrect or for any of the services offered. Please note: This list is not exhaustive and there may be other services available in your location. To have your service listed in this directory, please click here. To have your services updated/removed from the list, please contact PIMHenquiries@inspiringscotland.org.uk. (Directory last updated: May 2021).

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Name: 3D Drumchapel
Service: Practical Support and Online/ Telephone Parent & Child Sessions
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Online sessions including parent & child sessions, family disco, peer support groups, daily bedtime story, activity ideas etc. Telephone support – regular phonecall offering emotional support. Practical support – food, baby food, formula, nappies, children’s preloved clothing and goods. Only available to families in Drumchapel, Knightswood and Yoker

Name: Aberlour Child Care Trust
Service: Virtual Perinatal Befriending Support
Type: Peer Support, Other Support
Location: Forth Valley, Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

As a mother or mother to be, you will be matched with a highly trained Volunteer Perinatal Befriender, or member of staff who will offer regular, emotional support via telephone or digitally, the choice is yours.

The service, based in East Lothian and Forth Valley supports women through pregnancy up until baby’s first birthday, helping to improve parents’ mental health, reduce social isolation and promote healthy attachments between baby and parents.

We are currently running fortnightly online caring cafes.  Facilitated by our Perinatal Coordinators these drop in sessions offer women supported by our service the opportunity to connect with other mother-to-be/ mothers and their babies.

We are also offering support with delivering shopping and pharmacy items to families who are self-isolating and with making applications to Aberlours’ Urgent Assistance Fund.

Name: Aching Arms
Service: Email/ Telephone Support and Comfort Bears for Bereaved Parents
Type: Peer Support, Other Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

At Aching Arms we primarily offer comfort bears which are gifted from one bereaved family to another in the hope that parents feel less alone. At this current time we are also offering email and telephone support to anyone who would like to speak to someone who has been where they are. We are predominantly bereaved parents at Aching Arms and know the impact and comfort of speaking to another bereaved parent. Please contact us, you don’t have to go through this alone.

Name: Action for Children
Service: Online/Telephone/ social distance walks
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

For a Peer/ parenting support service – New and expecting mums will be offered a weekly phone contact from a member of staff along with virtual groups. Mum’s will also be matched with trained volunteers to offer a social distance walk and chat to support their journey.

Name: Action on Postpartum Psychosis
Service: Online/ Video Peer Support for Postpartum Psychosis
Type: Peer Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Peer Support is offered on a moderated online forum, via one-to-one video call, via email support or by meeting a volunteer. There is also an online support group for partners.

Name: Amina Muslim Womens Resource Center
Service: Telephone Helpline, Befriending for BME and Muslim Scots
Type: Other Support
Location: Scotland Wide, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lothian, Tayside
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Amina offers a range of tailored support services through our national freephone helpline, such as financial advocacy support, Islamic advice through a scholar, befriending, listening ear, signposting service and online chat.

Name: Amma Birth Companions
Service: Birth companionship and perinatal support - face to face and by phone.
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Other Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Amma Birth Companions is a Glasgow-based charity that supports women and birthing people who are experiencing significant adversity on their journey to motherhood. Our mission is to improve birth, pregnancy and postnatal experiences and outcomes for vulnerable mothers.

Our team of fully trained, nurturing and compassionate birth companions offers support on a voluntary basis to people facing pregnancy, birth, and early motherhood alone. This includes, but is not limited to, refugee and asylum-seeking women.

Our companions offer one-to-one emotional and practical support throughout the perinatal phase, which is complemented by peer support activities.

Although we have a well-defined set of referral criteria, we are always happy to consider requests for support on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Sarah to discuss.

Name: Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC)
Service: Email and Telephone Helpline for Pregnancy
Type: Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Our small professional helpline team can provide information and support to parents through antenatal screening and its consequences. The team is skilled at containing contacts who have had unexpected or difficult news about their baby’s development. We provide specialised help when a prenatal diagnosis of a genetic or structural condition is made. We aim to help parents gather all the information and support they need to make the individual decisions that are right for them. ARC also helps parents cope with the consequences of their decisions.

Name: AVENUE
Service: Range of Online/ Telephone Counselling and Therapy Services
Type: Counselling / Psychological Support
Location: Grampian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free, Donation, Paid for service

Description:

Telephone and online counselling and therapy services that offers safe, non judgemental, confidential and specialist services in: Individual Counselling, Relationship Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychosexual Therapy and Art Therapy. (Price varies: £40 Р£70 depending on the service.)

Name: Ayrshire Baby Loss Support
Service: Face-to-face/Online/Phone/ support for bereaved families
Type: Peer Support
Location: Ayrshire & Arran
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We offer a range of support services to anyone affected by the loss of a baby at any stage, this support includes support meetings, online support, and telephone support. We also offer a number of remembrance options for families to remember their baby, such as a Christmas service, memorial trees and books.

Name: Baby Loss Retreat
Service: Online/ Telephone Support for Babyloss
Type: Parenting Support, Counselling / Psychological Support
Location: Ayrshire & Arran, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We are a charity who support parents during the emotional and physiological effects of Baby Loss. This is through 1 to 1 service and other services, which is limited just now due to the virus. We still provide online counselling and telephone calls 7 days a week. We understand the added pressures of the situation at the moment and want to reach out to all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins etc. The number to call is: 01236 600417

Name: Barnardo’s Scotland
Service: Practical and Online Family support
Type: Parenting Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

The Growing Together Family Support Service in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde supports parents and infants from pregnancy to 3 years old, using a whole-family wellbeing approach, offering solution focused, parenting and peer support to address emotional and practical challenges.

Name: Biggar Babies Toddlers and Playgroup
Service: Family Support
Type: Peer Support
Location: Scotland Wide, Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Donation, Paid for service

Description:

A social platform twice a week for parents and parents to be.

Refreshments & activities provided, with our outdoor space, with up-to-date Covid 19 regulations considered, as of August 2020.
Members of the group who have experienced certain  issues have offered to give some Peer Support in the form of listening and sharing their insights they have had getting through the issues. Contact biggarplaygroup@gmail.com or BiggarBabiesandToddlers@gmail.com to find the appropriate Peer Support.

Name: Blank Canvas
Service: Creative Online Peer Support
Type: Peer Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We provide creative prompts to encourage mums who are struggling with their mental health, promoting self care and wellbeing. It’s a community of mums sharing their creative experiences both during pregnancy and in the postnatal period.

Name: Bliss
Service: Email Support for Premature or Sick Babies
Type: Parenting Support, Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Our email support service is here to help parents and families of premature and sick babies. Our trained staff are here to listen to your concerns and help you find the information you need. We understand that the experience of being on a neonatal unit can be incredibly overwhelming and stressful. If you are a parent, grandparent, relative or friend please get in touch with your query or concern. Email us at: hello@bliss.org.uk any time of the day and we’ll get back to you within 3 – 5 working days with information and support to help you through your neonatal journey.

Name: Breast Buddies Peer Support
Service: Text Message/ Online Support/ Telephone/ Video Call Support for New Parents
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Tayside
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

You will be matched with a trained peer supporter (who has breastfed their own children and received training to support others) who will contact you by text message initially. You can ask any questions, find information and receive support at anytime to help you through any challenges you may face while feeding and caring for your baby. We can provide support, information and encouragement to work through challenges faced by new parents such as sleep, responsive feeding, starting solids etc.

Name: Breast Buddies Perth and Kinross
Service: Dads'/ Partners' Online/ WhatsApp group
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Tayside
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Partners and dads can become part of a peer group of others to find out about and discuss their experiences with supporting their partners to feed and care for their babies, while developing strong, positive family relationships. 

Name: Bright Light Relationship Counselling
Service: On line and phone individual/ couple/ whole family counselling
Type: Parenting Support, Counselling / Psychological Support
Location: Scotland Wide, Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Donation

Description:

This professional zoom on-line and phone counselling will provide a non judgemental confidential safe space to help build confidence as a parent, build resilience as a couple/ individual, to¬† manage your stress and anxiety so you’re able to cope now and in the future. Families are all shapes and sizes and we warmly welcome all people.

Name: Bump Start – Stepping Stones North Edinburgh
Service: Telephone and in person support for pregnant & new parents
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Other Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Bump Start is a support service for pregnant women and their partners living in the North East and North West of Edinburgh. The focus is to prepare women for pregnancy and parenthood and to feel confident to make positive choices for themselves and their families. Bump Start has two components: Parenting Coordinators and Pregnancy Cafe. The parenting coordinators work one to one with women and agree on what support needs the pregnant woman has and how we can help them achieve them. The pregnancy cafes are informal with an educational input to support pregnancy and parenting.

We now deliver face to face work outdoors with clients and indoors where deemed essential to health and wellbeing and whilst following public health guidance. Alongside this we continue to offer telephone and online support.

Name: Children 1st Carrick Family Wellbeing Service
Service: Online/ Telephone/ Practical and Emotional Family Support
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Other Support
Location: Ayrshire & Arran
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

The service provides community based emotional and practical trauma sensitive support to families of children aged 0-12, including childcare provision for children aged 0-2.  We work alongside families to understand their story, their strength and their challenges.  Our supports are designed to meet the distinct needs and strengths of each family and include; Intensive systemic support to families to address the impact of trauma and promote family recovery,  Attachment based play support to parents and their children,  Childcare provision for children aged 0-2,  Parenting support to promote  understanding of the developmental, physical, emotional and health needs of children,  Peer support groups for parents to discuss challenges and find solutions with other parents,  Practical support including access to Money and Debt Advice and support for transport from rural communities.

Family Group Decision Making Parentline Scotland – national family support service – telephone and web support available 7 days per week

Please note: Access to childcare requires referral to South Ayrshire Early Years forum.  All other aspects of the service can be accessed directly or by referral from professional.

Name: conFAB
Service: Blended ‚Äď online/phone/outdoor/indoor peer and parental support
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Using arts as a tool, we create a peer supported environment that allows for information sharing, learning and reflection. Providing an informal peer led maternal support and development process that increases the participant’s confidence, skills and ability to cope with and embrace parenthood. The arts practice provides a mechanism for parents to develop a strong, positive bond with the un-born or new born babies.

Activities include group workshops, one to one workshops, cultural visits and sharing events. Workshops can include a range of arts practices including creative writing ‚Äď autobiographical poetry and stories; visual arts ‚Äď making a cast of your new born baby’s foot or your pregnant belly; performance – creating a play about your experience; music ‚Äď creating a song that expresses your feelings about parenting etc. Workshops will include parent only sessions as well as parent and baby/child sessions. The makeup, focus and content of the activities are led by the participants.

Name: COPE Scotland
Service: Online Solution Focused Interventions and Tools To Manage Life Challenges
Type: Other Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Solution focused intervention, stress management, skills and tools for self management.

We offer direct support to anyone aged over 16 who lives in West Glasgow who is experiencing distress as a result of a life challenge, this includes parents but we are not specifically a parents service. At the moment we are offering phone support due to social distancing by qualified health professionals, full details are on our website. Information on our website can be accessed by anyone anywhere and contains useful tools to help manage stress and life challenges

For regular updates check COPE Scotland’s twitter account @COPEScotland, you don’t need a twitter account to view the pages.

Name: Crossreach Counselling Moray
Service: Online/Telephone Perinatal Clients
Type: Counselling / Psychological Support
Location: Scotland Wide, Grampian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free, Donation

Description:

Our specialist perinatal counsellors can offer a safe space to help and support you if you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, low self esteem or any negative feelings before or after having a baby. Whether you’re a pregnant Mum and expectant Dad, already a parent, a single parent, in a relationship or not, we are here for you.

Appointments are usually weekly and last around 50 minutes. We’ll discuss the day, time and frequency with you when we first meet.

There’s no fixed charge for using our Donation Perinatal Service, but we do ask for a weekly contribution for your counselling at whatever level you can afford. No-one will be turned away if they cannot afford a contribution.

Our perinatal counsellors are fully trained in online therapy, so you can safely access high quality counselling from the safety of your own home during the current COVID situation.

Name: CrossReach Perinatal Service for Lothian
Service: Video and phone counselling and also face to face counselling, art therapy and infant massage
Type: Parenting Support, Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Donation

Description:

We are a Perinatal Counselling Service. This means we see parents for counselling who are anxious, depressed and have other feelings in relation to having a baby both prenatally and postnatal. We have experienced perinatal counsellors and therapists. Our counsellors and therapist have all completed online training and so we are able to offer: 

  • Video and phone counselling and also face to face counselling. (Under COVID-19 guidelines)

We provide:

  • Individual counselling
  • Group therapy
  • Group Art Therapy
  • A 10 week Group Managing Perinatal Anxiety with self-compassion
  • A prenatal counselling group

Along with counselling we offer Infant Massage by a practitioner trained with the International Association of Infant Massage.

As long as you are pregnant or have a child under 2 years of age you can self-refer to our service.

Name: Dads Rock
Service: Young Dads Support and Online Antenatal Workshops for Parents
Type: Parenting Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Ongoing 1:1 support for young dads aged 30 or under. Dad’s will have a support worker who will help with a range of parenting issues. The aim being to build confidence and resilience.

We’re running monthly free antenatal workshops for dads and mums. They last for 2 hours in the evening, via zoom.

Name: Dumfries Toy Library
Service: Telephone, one-to-one, small group, practical family support
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support
Location: Dumfries & Galloway
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

New mums and mums-to-be are matched with other parent befrienders offering weekly calls and support with parenting and other related issues.
Weekly group meeting offers a safe comfortable space to meet other mums and children to help learn and share together. 
Baby massage, parenting, PEEP, mental health, and breast-feeding support offered as one-to-one and small groups. Supported family play sessions are also offered.
Counselling support, currently by telephone can be arranged. We offer a safe non -judgmental space for pregnant women and parents to help cope with life circumstances.

Name: East Lothian PANDAS
Service: Telephone/ Email/ Online Support for Pregnancy/ New Mums
Type: Peer Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

A peer support service for pregnant women and women who have babies/ toddlers who are experiencing anxiety and/or depression. At the moment this takes the form of fortnightly Zoom calls and and telephone or email support if required.

Name: Family Matters
Service: Telephone/one-to-one, small group, practical family support
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

New mums and mums-to-be are matched with other parent befrienders offering weekly calls and support with parenting and other related issues.
Weekly group meeting offers a safe comfortable space to meet other mums and children to help learn and share together. 
Baby massage, parenting, PEEP and mental health support offered as one-to-one and small groups.
Counselling support, currently by telephone can be arranged. We offer a safe non -judgmental space for pregnant women and parents to help cope with life circumstances.

Name: Family Mediation Central Scotland
Service: Telephone/Online one-to one or family support
Type: Other Support
Location: Forth Valley
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Parenting Support Service – assistance in managing arrangements for contact for your baby with their other parent when you do not live together. Conflict management, indirect Digital Post Box Service under present restrictions, face-to-face supervised contact under normal circumstances.

Name: Fathers Network Scotland
Service: Online/SMS/WhatsApp support for families and training support to health professionals
Type: Parenting Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Fathers Network Scotland offer training and support to health professionals, local authorities and service providers across Scotland to help them better engage with dads. Much of our work is focused on supporting dads during the perinatal phase, with a particular focus on paternal mental health. We also provide a lot of communications and support for dads and families across Scotland via our popular social media channels, our SMS information sharing service for new dads and our WhatsApp group for dads. In addition to this, we hold a directory of dad-friendly services on our website and provide signposting to organisations nearby for dads who are looking for support.

– SMS service: Would you like to receive support and advice straight to your mobile? We have a new dads’ text messaging service, which you can subscribe to. All messages to and from the number are completely free. Text DADS to 078600 65202 to subscribe.

– WhatsApp service: Did you know that Fathers Network Scotland has a WhatsApp group for dads? Please come and say ‘hi’! You’ll find us here: https://chat.whatsapp.com/DSvNPRsWdS67zmwTABfkFW
– Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/FathersNetworkScotland/
– Twitter – https://twitter.com/FathersNetScot
– Website: www.fathersnetwork.org.uk

Name: Fife Gingerbread
Service: 1:1 support, Groups, peer support, signposting
Type: Peer Support, Other Support
Location: Fife
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Fife Gingerbread is a community anchor organisation that specialise in supporting lone parents, teen parents and dads in Fife and who are facing multiple complex barriers.  The Teen Parent and Dad & Me projects provide support to young families though the perinatal period with a particular focus on attachment, relationships, play, nurture and stability.  Our workers are all highly trained to deliver: Mellow programs including Bumps, babies, toddlers, mums and Dads; Baby Massage: Book Bug: Pre Birth Groups as well as play, cooking and support groups.

Because of the restriction of the pandemic we have developed a blended model of working using online platforms as well as some face to face provision. Added to this we operate a Helpline available to any lone parent in Fife to help them access specialist support and address immediate needs.

Name: Fife Sands
Service: Online/ phone befrienders, online group support
Type: Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support
Location: Fife
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Group support Рbereaved families can be supported by befrienders present and other bereaved families who understand and help you navigate life after the death of a baby.  Online support Рbefrienders can text/ email support as you need it. Next pregnancy peer support Рsupporting you through pregnancy after the loss of a baby. Remembrance events Рcoming together to remember all our precious babies. We hold summer and Christmas events each year. 

Name: Firsthand Lothian
Service: On line & Telephone Practical Family Support
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Delivered in the family home and local community  families are matched with a worker who will visit them on a regular, usually weekly, basis.  The service is tailored to meet the needs of each individual family.

Whilst continuing to deliver online and via Portals (supplied),  spending 1:1 time with children out of the home will resume as soon as restrictions allow.

Name: Forth Valley Sands
Service: Online/ Phone Befrienders for Bereaved Parents and families
Type: Peer Support
Location: Forth Valley
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Peer Befriender support to bereaved parents and families via phone, face to face, email or through our monthly support group (after covid 19 crisis is over)

Name: Glasgow South PANDAS Support Group
Service: Online Peer Support for Parents
Type: Peer Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

A safe space to talk about the struggles of parenthood with non judgemental friendly people. We will be running regular video calls instead of the face to face group meetings at the moment

Name: Healthy n Happy CDT
Service: Parent Cafes, Early Years Activities, Baby Massage
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Other Support
Location: Lanarkshire
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free, Paid for service

Description:

We provide a relaxed and friendly environment where you can meet other parents/carers of babies and toddlers and enjoy light refreshments while getting practical help, support and ideas for enjoying your child.

If you are a parent/carer living in the area of Cambuslang and Rutherglen with a baby or a toddler under the age of 5, you are welcome! 
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We also run: 
Baby massage courses where you can learn to massage your baby in a relaxed and friendly environment for you and your baby (fees apply).

Ally Bally Bounce and Beat – weekly music class for babies and children age 0-pre-school. Singing, rhymes, dance, and rhythm! A fun class to learn to sing, count and meet new friends (fees apply).

Name: Healthy Valleys Resilient Families
Service: Online/Telephone/Practical Family Support
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Other Support
Location: Lanarkshire
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Resilient Families Supporting bump to baby and beyond: Resilient Families supports women through pregnancy and families with children under 5; delivering intensive one to one support and a range of educational parenting programmes. Resilient Families helps improve parenting skills including: support on family routines, cooking in the home, health and safety and Play@home.

P.E.A.C.H. Course: A fun 6-week course that includes various group work activities to support individuals with parenting skills, increase confidence and meet new families. (Course content is currently being delivered via online weekly peer support sessions)

Volunteer Support: Trained volunteers can offer 1:1 support to assist our beneficiaries in attending vital healthcare appointments, community activities and the P.E.A.C.H. Programme. (support is limited in line with current Covid restrictions)

Health@Home: Providing intensive support within the home to help families create a safe space to live and play as well as a start on their journey to become better at coping with everyday stresses. (support currently being delivered online, telephone and outdoor 1:1 sessions)

Other activities include: Wellbeing Calls, Baby and Child First Aid, Baby Massage, Breastfeeding Support, Weaning Workshops, Play, Read, Sing Sessions, Buggy Walks, Healthy Bump – Healthy Baby Course and online Cooking Courses.

Name: Held In Our Hearts
Service: Phone/ Text/ Online Befriending/ Counselling for Bereaved Parents
Type: Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Scotland Wide, Fife, Forth Valley, Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Peer support – a befriender is a bereaved parent who can offer support via phone, email, text or zoom. This can be arranged between yourself and befriender and is free and open ended.

Counselling – free to bereaved parents who feel stuck in their grief or need extra support. Once a week for an hour via telephone or facetime or zoom.

Monthly befriending support groups are available for anyone bereaved.

We also offer trauma support (complex PTSD).

Email: info@heldinourhearts.org.uk

Name: Home-Start: Fife and Forth Valley
Service: Online/ Phone Parent Befrienders
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Other Support
Location: Fife, Forth Valley
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Help with breastfeeding and nutrition, mental health and childhood development.
You will be matched for 6 months to a year (or longer if you need it) to a parent befriender who will give you practical and emotional support. During Covid-19 this support will be virtual. We also run breastfeeding and nutrition groups, cooking groups and other toddler/ baby groups including Bookbugs and Stay & Play.

Name: Home-Start Aberdeen
Service: Practical and emotional support for parents and families
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Grampian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Families are matched with a trained volunteer who provides practical and emotional support, individually tailored to meet each family’s needs. Normally our volunteers visit families in their own homes, usually once a week; however due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, we are currently delivering our services remotely via phone, text and video call. We work with the whole family, helping parents gain the skills and confidence they need to develop and maintain a warm and secure relationship with their children, and to meet their physical, emotional and developmental needs.

 

Name: Home-Start Caithness
Service: Online/Telephone/Practical family support
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Other Support
Location: Highland
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We recruit, select and train volunteers, who have parenting skills themselves, to provide a home-visiting service to families. The volunteers provide confidential, non-judgmental, practical and emotional support to help families deal with a range of difficulties from isolation, loneliness, poor mental health, disability, separation, low income and the associated stresses or who just want a little bit of support with their parenting skills. Our Family Support worker and Family co-ordinator also support individual families. During the Covid-19 pandemic we are supporting families by text messaging, phone and video calls, as home-visiting is not possible. Group support. Parenting classes for fathers.

Name: Home-Start Clackmannanshire
Service: Online/Telephone/Practical Family Support
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Forth Valley
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Family Support Service – trained Family Support Volunteers are matched to local families to offer emotional and practical support.

Direct Support – Offered to Families at risk of statutory interventions or ‘in crisis’ by Staff Team.

Weekly Family Support Groups – currently offered online (Weekly Blether, Quizzes/ Bingo, Crafts, Storytelling etc)

Name: Home-Start Dundee
Service: Online Peer Support for Parents
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Other Support
Location: Tayside
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We are a local charity for parents and/or carers within the city of Dundee who have at least one child aged 5 years old or under.

We offer emotional, practical and wellbeing support as well as Breast Feeding Support, Peer Support, Oral Health and Nutritional Advice and Perinatal support .

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic all of our support services are currently being offered via phone calls, video links, text and email. To support parents and carers in their individual parenting journeys, we have a wide range of services available: Online Live Groups and Peer Support with our Breast Buddies Co-ordinator and ongoing video links to Healthy Eating recipes with our Oral Health Co-ordinator Sarah.  We also offer Zoom or Teams Video Support for individual weekly/fortnightly contact with Ash our Family Co-ordinator and Estelle our Young Parent Co-ordinator & Group Worker. Fiona our administrator is working daily to ensure all new referrals reach the correct Co-ordinator. We also have a Volunteer Development Co-ordinator, Sheila, if anyone would like to request an application pack to become a volunteer or volunteer Trustee.  Our manager Alison can also provide support and guidance with all the above and give direction and support where needed most.

We are still accepting self referrals and referrals for other agencies and organisations.

Name: Home-Start Dunfermline
Service: We provide support throughout Perinatal Period and beyond through our Home-Visiting Volunteers and Groups
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Fife
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Home-Start Dunfermline matches trained volunteers with families; volunteers then visit families in their home to provide practical and emotional support. A peer support Group is also usually available, however current COVID 19 restrictions has seen this suspended meantime. At present our volunteers are only providing outdoor support.

Name: Home-Start East Fife
Service: Phone Support for Families
Type: Other Support
Location: Fife
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Home-Start East Fife normally matches trained volunteers with families, volunteers then visit families in their home to provide practical and emotional support. At the current time face to face support is suspended and families are being supported by phone. We accept self referrals as well as referrals from other professionals.

Name: Home-Start East Lothian
Service: Telephone/ Online Video Support, Parent Befriending and Breastfeeding Support
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Peer support – new referrals are being supported by staff members until safe to be matched with a trained volunteer. A weekly telephone call and more, if necessary, to help you at this worrying time.
Parenting Support: Breastfeeding support by online video weekly- sign up to join and have a chat, sit and listen. Availability for 1:1 support if required.
Parenting Support: 2 be a Dad – a short set of sessions to help you support your child during this exciting time of your lives. Delivered online during this time.

Name: Home-Start Edinburgh West and South West
Service: Online/ Text/ Telehone Parent Befrienders
Type: Peer Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

You will be matched with a trained and committed parent befriender, either a volunteer or member of staff, who will support you in a way to suit you, eg a weekly call, text, WhatsApp, email or video call, with listening support, encouragement, and ideas. Health visitor and midwife referrals will be prioritised but self referrals also accepted.

Name: Home-Start Garioch
Service: Online/ Phone Support for New Mums
Type: Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support
Location: Grampian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We match the mum to a home visiting volunteer to provide one to one support, practical and or emotional. We can make a referral to our volunteer counsellor. We can make a referral to a perinatal mental health peer support group held within our building. We deliver the mellow bumps programme.

Name: Home-Start Glasgow North and North Lanarkshire
Service: 1:1 in family homes/Online/ Telephone Peer for Parents, Support Groups, Intensive Perinatal support; VIG
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Families with at least one child under 5, living in North Glasgow or North Lanarkshire, are matched with a trained volunteer who provides emotional/ practical support to parents/ carers who need some extra help coping with everyday life. By support parents, we are supporting the entire family.

Over half the families we support are asylum seekers, refugees or from BAME communities. Referrals come from a variety of sources e.g. Health Visitors, Perinatal teams, Mother and Baby Unit, psychologists and Social Workers, however families can self-refer.

For families facing immediate crisis during the perinatal phase, we provide intensive support for approximately 8 weeks, thereafter families will be transferred to volunteer support.

We facilitate several group activities for parents and their children ‚Äď Family Group, Nurture Group and Walk, Talk and Play. We have several bespoke groups such as Dads’ Group, Caf√© Stork and Blank Canvas ‚Äď the latter two are for perinatal mums. We provide VIG (Video Interactive Guidance) and training courses for parents and volunteers, such as Baby Massage and Pediatric First Aid. During COVID all our services have reverted to digital online support, which will become embedded in our core work and added to our portfolio of services after COVID.

Name: Home-Start Glasgow South
Service: Online/ Telephone Befrienders for Parents, Support Groups, Intensive virtual support
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Peer Support – You will be matched with a trained volunteer befriender or staff member who will provide holistic support aiming to improve emotional wellbeing and reduce isolation. Support is flexible and can be adapted to meet your needs. Referrals accepted

Intensive Support – A Family Support Worker will provide intensive support for families already working with Social Work, Health and Education who have identified the need for more intensive support during the perinatal and antenatal period. Please note this service does not accept direct referrals and will only accept referrals through a midwife or Health Visitor, Social Work, Health and Education

Dads & Weans – Supporting Dads in the earliest stages of parenting. This group takes a peer-to-peer approach bringing dads together in a safe environment, supporting them to feel safe to share their parenting experiences and challenges. Dad Workers and other dads are able to support one another to overcome these challenges while providing friendship and reducing isolation.

Dads Antenatal Workshops are designed for Dads and partners to get the most out of the time leading up to becoming a parent. Starting the bonding process while baby is in the womb, we use Solihull principles and NHS antenatal information to nurture more engaged and interactive partners. This support is for the benefit of the whole family.

Name: Home-Start Glenrothes
Service: Online/ Telephone / Practical and emotional support
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Other Support
Location: Fife
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Perinatal support is offered by trained  staff, a peer support group is available and/or  home visiting with a staff member to offer practical and emotional support, help with breast feeding, mental health and development. At present due to Covid 19 support is weekly by phone or on-line.

Name: Home-Start Levenmouth
Service: Perinatal Support Group/Home-Visiting Volunteers/Telephone Support
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Fife
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We provide support throughout Perinatal Period and beyond through our Home-Visiting Volunteers and Groups.

Name: Home-Start Lorn
Service: Weekly Home-Visits (due to current restrictions we offer outdoor visits or telephone/skype support)
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Highland
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Home-Start Lorn offers weekly home visiting support from trained volunteers to families with at least one child under 5. We offer practical and emotional support. This can be: listening, signposting to local services/ resources, accompany to appointments, help with routines, guidance, peer support. We also run a ‘Bumps & Babies’ group in Salen on Mull and occasional Messy Play Sessions.

Name: Home-Start Orkney
Service: Phone/In person Peer Support
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Orkney
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Parents & parents-to-be will be matched with a trained and committed parent mentor, or staff member, who will either call or visit weekly, dependant on circumstance and the relevant risk assessments.

Name: Home-Start Renfrewshire and Inverclyde
Service: Parent Befrienders (Currently Online/ Telephone)
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We will offer you 1:1 remote support via phone or video call from a member of our coordinating staff, or a trained volunteer. We can provide emotional support, a listening ear and appropriate signposting. Families will also have the opportunity to join our virtual groups, providing peer support and activities for parents and young children.

Name: Home-Start Stirling
Service: Online/ Phone Parent Befrienders
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Forth Valley
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Home-Start Stirling provides support to families in the Stirling area who have young children and are experiencing challenging times. At present we offer a weekly call (phone or video) to provide emotional support and can offer doorstep support for families that are self-isolating who require essentials such as food, prescriptions etc. Anyone can refer themselves or another to the services.

Name: Home-Start West Lothian
Service: Parent Befriending (Currently Online/ Telephone)
Type: Parenting Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Home-Start West Lothian provides support to families in the West Lothian area who have young children and are experiencing challenging times. Trained volunteers are currently providing emotional support and practical advice over the telephone or on video calls. Families can also join our virtual groups, providing peer support and activities for parents and young children.

Name: Home-Start Wigtownshire
Service: Home Visiting/ Family Groups (currently Virtual)
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Dumfries & Galloway
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Home-Start Wigtownshire provides weekly home visiting support from support workers and trained volunteers to families with at least one child under 5. We offer practical and emotional support. This can be: listening, signposting to local services/ resources, accompany to appointments, help with routines, guidance, peer support. We also run 5 family groups throughout Wigtownshire, including a Dads Group. The groups are facilitated by a project worker and volunteers also help. The groups provide a range of activities for parent/ child in a safe and welcoming environment such as: arts/ crafts, storytelling, music, outdoor activities and guest speakers. The project worker can also liaise with other agencies on behalf of the parent.

Name: Home Link Family Support
Service: Online/telephone support and advice for families
Type: Parenting Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Weekly phone/video calls offering emotional support and practical advice to expectant and new parents within Edinburgh.  As restrictions are lifted the service plans to gradually return to offering some form of  face-to-face support but this will be determined and limited by Government restrictions and recommendations to ensure the safety of all clients and staff.

Name: Home Start East Highland
Service: Online/ Phone Family and Child Support
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Highland
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Families are matched with trained and committed staff and/or volunteers that will provide practical support to help you and your family face the challenges of parenting and sustaining a family in difficult circumstances. We provide additional support regarding: ASN, Domestic abuse, Advocacy, Multiple births, Befriending, Substance misuse, Lone parenting, Mental health concerns, Social isolation, Access to services, Child protection register, Post-natal depression, Learning disabilities, Teenage pregnancy, Tenancy sustainment, Household budgeting, Crisis management.

Name: Home Start Edinburgh West and South West
Service: Online Groups / Ad-hoc Outdoor Groups/ Phone support for parents
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Group work/ classes: Initial online introductions are 1:1 then you can join an Infant Massage or baby Peep group. Infant massage focuses on the benefits of touch and communication to support bonding and attachment.

The Peep Learning Together Programme focuses on singing, story telling and activities you can do in the home to support your baby’s learning and development and enhance your relationships. All our groups are a place for safe and confidential sharing, listening and offering peer support.

We hope parents will get to know one another in small Infant Massage groups and go on to meet a wider peer group at baby Peep. A limited number of small sensory packs are available for use at home and to bring to Peep if / when face to face meetings become possible.

Parental Support: You will be matched with a trained and committed parent befriender, either a volunteer or member of staff, who will support you in a way to suit you, eg a weekly call, text, WhatsApp, email or video call, with listening support, encouragement, and ideas. We can also meet outside if government guidelines permit. Health visitor and midwife referrals will be prioritised but self referrals also accepted.

Name: Home Start Perth and Kinross
Service: Online/telephone/practical support and signposting
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Tayside
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

During COVID, families with children under the age of 5 can be referred to us for emotional support and signposting to relevant services. Our trained volunteers will provide weekly telephone calls offering advice, support and friendship.

Please contact us info@homestartperth.org.uk or 01738638847.

Name: Juno
Service: Online perinatal mental health and birth trauma peer support groups
Type: Peer Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We offer a safe, non judgemental space to access peer support, advice and information through weekly peer support groups and a monthly birth and perinatal trauma support group. Our main aim as Juno is to help mums with perinatal mental health difficulties know that they are not alone in how they feel and that what they feel is indeed a very real experience.
Online Juno peer support due to Covid-19:  We are now offering our peer support in an online capacity using Zoom during the coronavirus physical distancing measures.  Zoom is a video calling app a bit like Skype but it works really well for groups. We will commence these sessions on May the 4th 2020.  There will be two sessions weekly; Monday evening from 8-9pm and Friday afternoon from 1-2pm.  Please email us on juno.enquiries@gmail.com to access the meeting links.

Name: La Leche League GB
Service: Online groups for parents and parents-to-be thinking about breastfeeding, Online/Telephone/Text one-to-one support
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Scotland Wide, Fife, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Lothian, Shetland, Tayside
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

–Group meetings (online) are with others who are breastfeeding or thinking about breastfeeding, to talk through all aspects of breastfeeding and parenting from pregnancy to weaning and beyond.
–Antenatal classes offered to families interested in learning more about preparing for breastfeeding.
–One-to-one support provided by breastfeeding counsellors for breastfeeding support (via telephone, video, text or email)

Name: LATNEM – Let’s All Talk North East Mums
Service: Online Video Conference Meetings and Chat Group for Mums
Type: Peer Support
Location: Grampian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Our peer support service for mums is a weekly (virtual) meeting hosted by the founders of LATNEM. Additionally there is a private Facebook chat group.

Name: Little Loves Yoga CIC
Service: Parent and child wellbeing training
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Dumfries & Galloway
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free, Paid for service

Description:

We offer a range of training programs for those who wish to enter the parent and child wellbeing sector. As a community interest company, the profit from these training programs goes back into offering free spaces in our community events for those who need it most. Training costs are £99

Name: Mellow Programmes
Service: Online Support to Practitioners trained in Mellow Programmes/ direct online groups to parents to be (Mellow Bumps) Mellow Babies and Mellow Toddlers
Type: Parenting Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free, Donation

Description:

Our online service covers two areas:
Firstly we train practitioners to deliver Mellow Programmes, offering them constant support, reflective consultation, evaluation and accreditation. There are training fees.
Secondly, we have started to deliver our own online groups to parents to be (Mellow Bumps) as well as Mellow Babies and Mellow Toddlers free to parents.
All Mellow Programmes offer a safe nurturing environment in which parents are welcomed in a safe non judgmental space, with interactive discussion and activities to promote parent child relationships.

Name: Mental Health Network Greater Glasgow
Service: Signposting and Mental Health Rights Advice
Type: Other Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We can signpost to appropriate HSCP and 3rd Sector mental health and support services. We can support people to develop advance statements and wellness plans as well as explain the mental health treatment process.

Name: Merry Go Round
Service: Telephone/ Online Support for Mums
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free, Donation

Description:

Peer support: We have an online group called Mum’s the Word which is a peer support space for mums. Parenting Support: we have a Breastfeeding support group run by a NCT feeding councillor who can give one to one support as well as social support to mums and mums to be. Other: We have 2 music classes which allow parents and their children to join us online for some virtual sing a long sessions to help reduce the feelings of isolation. All our events, classes and support groups are being delivered online

Name: Midlothian Sure Start
Service: Online/telephone/doorstep practical support for parents to be/new parents
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

New and expectant parents will be linked with either our Mums or Dads Worker. We offer 4 weeks of our A Good Start (AGS) Dads2B course for expectant fathers. AGS Mums2B are offered 1:1 or group support. Our AGS post natal programme for mums and dads are currently available online for individuals or groups and offers infant massage, infant weaning, baby brain development, sleep and play and an opportunity to meet and share experiences as a new parent. Telephone counselling service.

Name: MindMosaic Counselling and Therapy
Service: Telephone/ Video Link Counselling for New Parents
Type: Parenting Support, Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Donation

Description:

MindMosaic Counselling and therapy provides services throughout Inverclyde. Our specialist perinatal counsellors can offer a safe space to help and support before or after having a baby. We provide support to mums & dads whether in a relationship or not, from pregnancy until your baby is 2 years.  We offer a variety of counselling modalities (CBT, Psychodynamic, Person-Centred, Integrative Counselling and Trauma Therapy)

Services are offered Face to Face or by telephone or video link. (all services are currently provided by video or telephone in line with government guidelines)

Parents are also able to access Post Natal support groups (currently delivered via zoom) as well as regular mindfulness meditations on our YouTube channel.

Self-referral accepted and also referral from other professional e.g. Midwife, GP, Health Visitor, CPN

Name: Money Matters Money Advice Centre
Service: Telephone/ Email Advice for Money Queries
Type: Other Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Money Matters is a phone and email welfare benefit and money advice service for those with questions or worries.

Money Matters has launched a dedicated phone line for any staff of Perinatal and Infant Mental Health third sector organisations and their clients who may wish to access support and advice in a time of need. It offers a free confidential service for welfare benefits, money/ debt advice, energy advice and financial capability work.

This phone line can be accessed on 0141 445 7617. When you call you will be transferred to an adviser or a call back will be arranged, same day, for a phone or video appointment. When calling the number please quote: PIMH.

Name: Multi-Cultural Family Base
Service: Online/phone/practical support to BAME families in the City of Edinburgh
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

The Early Years Service at Multi-Cultural Family Base provides support to BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) families with very young children who are in need.¬† Our staff, who are trained in Social Work, Infant Mental Health, Therapeutic skills, Baby massage… offer individual or group support to families with an emphasis on promoting good mental health through positive attachments, encouraging play, providing practical assistance where families are experiencing disadvantage and working alongside families and communities to promote social inclusion and equality.¬† We welcome self-referrals and referrals from our partners in health, social work and other voluntary agencies. Families may also receive a service from our Social Work student colleagues who are on placement with us. We do not provide interpreters, but some of us are bilingual in community languages, or can help you to access communication support.¬† Our service is free and open to those who are resident in the City of Edinburgh. ¬† ¬†

Name: Mummy Social
Service: Online support for Mums and Mums-To-Be
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Our social media pages offer support, positivity, fun and cover the good, challenging and fun aspects of parenting. We usually offer the social side of this too as we understand that maternal loneliness is very real. We are looking into virtual socials to try and keep mums connected.

Name: National Childbirth Trust
Service: Breastfeeding Support (Peer Led)
Type: Peer Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We run peer support led breastfeeding services in Lothian and Greater Glasgow and Clyde areas. This includes support groups as well as support on postnatal and neonatal wards.

Name: Nova Foundation
Service: Online Antenatal Classes
Type: Parenting Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Paid for service

Description:

An 8 hour antenatal course for parents pregnant after a loss to feel positive about birth and more prepared for their next stage of parenthood. For parents who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or loss of a child, our classes provide a safe, hopeful, reassuring space to feel less anxious about birth and beyond, through learning hypnobirthing and anxiety reduction techniques, and the practical parenting skills to help you feel confident in welcoming your rainbow baby home. Our classes are run by a babyloss Mum who wanted to provide tailored antenatal education for other babyloss parents. In addition to the usual antenatal topics we cover inductions, C-sections, interventions, mental wellbeing, managing grief and triggers and feeling prepared however birth unfolds. Nova understands that you may feel like you will never bring a baby home, and that when you do you will have no idea how to look after baby. We will gently guide you through the early days of life with a newborn such as safer sleep, baby item essentials, feeding (bottle and formula), how to burp and hold baby, managing your lack of sleep, nappy changing, bathing, early nurturing, remembering your baby who died and enjoying their sibling. This course is available at: £80

Name: Nurture the Borders
Service: Telephone/ Online Emotional and Practical Support for Pregnancy and Postnatal
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Borders
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free, Donation

Description:

Peer Support: You will be given regular one to one support from our trained volunteer mum befriends via telephone and video link. Perinatal Support Officers; One to one support from our team who are able to support you with a whole host of emotional and practical things such as managing anxiety or coping with a colicky baby. Our weekly live antenatal classes combine gentle movement, antenatal education and relaxation delivered via video link so you can participate from home. Our weekly Antenatal Support Group is run on a Thursday evening via live video link. This is a safe space to chat with other pregnant women, ask questions, share experiences and gain support from our perinatal support officers. Our weekly cuppa club is run on a Tuesday morning via live video link. This is a safe non judgemental space to chat with other women going through the perinatal period, share experiences and gain support, tips and advice from our perinatal support officers and volunteer mum befriends. Birth trauma therapy is a one to one therapy delivered via video link. This therapy uses the rewind technique to help lift difficult feelings that you maybe experiencing following a traumatic experience.

Name: Orkney Rape & Sexual Assault Service (ORSAS) SCIO
Service: Trauma Informed Emotional Support, Advocacy & Practical Support
Type: Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Orkney
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

ORSAS offers trauma informed emotional support, advocacy through legal and court process to anyone, regardless of gender, who has experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives and may become triggered by pregnancy and/or parenthood. We also support young people up to the age of 25 through our COMET+ project which provides sex education, positive relationship education and targeted prevention support to the most vulnerable in our community. (Young people with learning difficulties, looked after young people or other characteristics that may increase their vulnerability to child sexual exploitation , CSE).. We also provide Advocacy support to report through legal and court support

Name: Outside the Box
Service: Online/Telephone Peer Support
Type: Peer Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Online information on women’s employment rights as well as practical and emotional support for women through maternity and on their return to work.

We are able to offer a safe, non judgemental space to share your experience of how you are being treated in the workplace during pregnancy, maternity, on return to work and sign post you to useful supports/resources and information.

Name: PaNDAS
Service: Peer support via online / e-mail / telephone for mums, dads and families
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We are there to offer help and support to parents and their networks who are struggling with perinatal mental health. We offer Peer support groups which offer a fantastic opportunity to meet up with other parents affected by perinatal mental illness. Our team of PaNDAS Support Group Leaders are on hand to provide information about local activities and services, whilst also offering support and advice.¬† We also have a helpline which is free from UK landlines and mobiles open Monday – Sunday 11am to 10pm. 08081961776. Manned by a team of trained volunteers who will be happy to chat to you and direct you to the right support.¬† We also have an e-mail support service. Info@pandasfoundation.org.uk. Available 365 days a year. We’ll respond within 72 hours. Please get in touch if you’d like any more information regarding perinatal mental illness or are looking for support for yourself or your partner, friend or colleague.¬† We also have closed Facebook groups for both mums and dads.

Name: Parent to Parent
Service: Telephone/home visits/advocacy at appointments
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Tayside
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

A team of support workers help parents/carers of premature babies and babies and children with additional needs to cope with the challenges they face. They visit parents in the Neonatal Unit in Ninewells Hospital and at their home to give emotional support. They provide support and advocacy at meetings and appointments, give advice about managing children’s challenging behaviour, provide information about local services that can help families and run support groups. Support is continuing via phone and video links while close contact with families is not allowed.

Name: PND and Me
Service: Online Peer Support
Type: Peer Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

PND and Me is an online maternal mental health peer support network. With a weekly Twitter chat #PNDHour every Wednesday 8-9pm for peer support. Discussing topics from antenatal depression to having another baby after postnatal depression.

Name: PND Borders
Service: Telephone Counselling for New Parents and Parents-To-Be
Type: Counselling / Psychological Support
Location: Borders
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

This telephone counselling service offers a safe, confidential and non- judgemental space to support ante-natal and post-natal women and families cope with anxiety and postnatal depression. We support women mainly, but also offer a service for fathers and partners. Telephone appointments are all provided by professionally qualified counsellors and therapists. All aspects of the service, during normal opening conditions, are supported by our supervised crèche facilities, enabling young families to easily attend.

Please note that we can only accept referrals through Health Professionals currently and do not accept self- referrals.

Name: Positive Birth Edinburgh
Service: Online peer support for expectant and new parents
Type: Peer Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Positive Birth Edinburgh provides a monthly space to meet up, connect with others in Edinburgh and the Lothians and to prepare for pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period with confidence. The group meets monthly (currently online) and also has an active online group for ongoing support. We provide a safe place to share evidence based information on birth choices as well as birth experiences and stories.

Name: Post Natal Illness: www.pni.org.uk
Service: One-To-One Email Support for Parents & Online Support Forum for Parents
Type: Peer Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We offer one to one email support with one of our volunteers who are mums who have suffered from post natal depression or illness. This support will be at your pace for as long as you need it.

Also, you can post how you are feeling on our Post Natal Illness forum and moderators and other users will reply with friendly non judgmental advice

Name: Pregnancy & Postnatal Support Scotland
Service: Online Peer and Expert Support for New Parents
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support
Location: Scotland Wide, Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

A supportive, closed Facebook group for pregnant women and mothers with a child under 6 months, run by a team of perinatal experts including midwives, psychologists, mental health campaigners, women’s health specialists and physiotherapists, doulas, pediatric first aid trainers, antenatal class and postnatal class teachers, yoga and pilates teachers. This provides both peer and expert support for women at this time.

This a group managed by Kin Collective Family Wellbeing CIC. Please email info@kincollective.org.

Name: Pregnancy Counselling & Care (Scotland)
Service: Online Counselling for Pregnancy or New Parents
Type: Counselling / Psychological Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Donation

Description:

Our online counselling service is currently available to anyone who is currently pregnant or has recently given birth and is experiencing heightened anxiety or a crisis during this time. We are able to provide a limited number of sessions with one of our qualified counsellors normally within 1 week of referral.

Name: Pregnancy Sickness Support
Service: Helpline, webchat and online support for sufferers of Pregnancy Sickness and Hyperemesis Gravidarum
Type: Peer Support, Other Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Sufferers of Pregnancy Sickness and Hyperemesis Gravidarum can receive free support and evidence based information via our helpline and web chat. They can be matched with our trained peer supporters for ongoing emotional support throughout pregnancy or for as long as needed to help reduce mental impact, isolation and loneliness.

Name: Quarriers Family Resource Centre: Maternal Wellbeing Service
Service: Emotional/Practical Support for women and their families
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Other Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost:

Description:

We offer emotional wellbeing and practical support to women and their families, from the early stages of pregnancy until their child is 3 years old.

We offer 1-1 emotional wellbeing /practical support, group support including – postnatal group, Maternal wellbeing peer support group, baby massage, Bookbug – parenting support, antenatal support for mums, Mellow Bumps group, antenatal support group for dads.

DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS ALL SUPPORT WILL BE OFFERED THROUGH ONLINE GROUPWORK, TELEPHONE AND VIDEO LINK.

WE ARE OPEN FOR REFERRALS.

Name: Remember My Baby
Service: Remembrance Photography & Image Editing
Type: Other Support
Location: Fife, Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Remember My Baby offers remembrance photography to parents facing the loss of their baby before, during or shortly after birth. RMB also offers an image editing service if a volunteer photographer cannot provide a photography service. Both services are free of charge.

Name: Safe Families
Service: Befriending
Type: Peer Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Broadly we have 4 ways volunteers are offering support to families:
a. The family can receive regular virtual contact, phone, video calling, messaging. Contact with the volunteer is likely to be more regular. The large majority of the families we are supporting are in this category.
b. The family will need additional support if / when they self-isolate. Therefore, alongside the above we are ready to provide this as soon as the need arises (eg. access to food)
c. Additional, and only in exceptional cases, face to face support for families who are ‚Äúvulnerable‚ÄĚ and for whom some degree of face to face contact remains critical and is in line with current COVID-19 guidance. With these families we need to have had a conversation with the social worker / referrer to agree the appropriate level of support in light of current government guidelines. This ‚Äėcritical‚Äô face to face support would remain in place should lockdown be reintroduced.
d. Finally, in light of us currently being in Phase 3 of the Scottish Government Routemap,  face to face support can be offered if this is seen as a significant benefit to the family.  This would be agreed between the family, our Family Support Manager,  and the volunteer,  and only where the Family Support Manager has made this assessment. This support would be outside with precautions such as physical distancing and hygiene protocol. In the event of lockdown being reintroduced, this face to face support would cease.

Name: Sands
Service: In person/ online/ telephone/ social media
Type: Peer Support
Location: Scotland Wide, Ayrshire & Arran, Dumfries & Galloway, Fife, Forth Valley, Grampian, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Shetland, Tayside
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Bereaved parents can speak to trained befrienders by telephone, online, or through social media. In areas with a local group, this befriender will be a local parent (or someone close to a loss) and they may also offer face to face group meetings. Memory boxes, support materials and support app available. All free of charge.

Name: Scottish Cot Death Trust
Service: Online/ Phone Befriending and Counselling Support for Families
Type: Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Our support services are designed for those affected by SUDI (Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy). We offer help through outreach support and guidance, befriending, and counselling services. Support is tailored to the individual, whether they are a parent, grandparent, child/ sibling, or professional, and can be accessed at any time.

Our Next Infant Support Programme is a specific support service for pregnant families who have direct experience of SUDI (Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy). We offer help through outreach support and guidance, befriending, and counselling services to parents and grandparents via telephone and online bereavement support, telephone and online counselling, online group support. Access to resources such as apnoea monitors and resus training can also be arranged. Ideally, enrollment on the programme should take place as early in the pregnancy as possible (12wk-26wks).

Telephone and online contact with a dedicated support worker throughout pregnancy and for a year after baby is born. Contact for as long as you need it, through weekly contact. Telephone and online counselling during and after pregnancy. Typically 8-12 weekly sessions but will be tailored to suit individuals’ needs. Telephone and online contact with befrienders for peer support. You will be matched with a family who lost a baby of a similar age and birth order. Online contact with peers who have previously enrolled on NISP.

Name: SiMBA
Service: Virtual Support Groups for Babyloss
Type: Peer Support
Location: Scotland Wide, Ayrshire & Arran, Borders, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Highland, Lothian, Western Isles
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Various weekly/ fortnightly support groups via zoom to support parents and immediate family after the loss of a baby at any stage of pregnancy or after birth. Fortnightly men only group. Also a pregnant after the loss of a baby virtual meeting.

Name: Step by Step in Moray
Service: Online / Practical Family Support
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Grampian
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Step by Step in Moray (SbyS) is a charity which supports families who feel isolated or vulnerable. We help them to develop friendships, confidence and skills which will enhance their lives and enable them to give their children the best start in life.

All services are provided free of charge and due to circumstances most of these services are currently being provided online:

Warm, welcoming, friendly, supported groups for parents and children from birth to 3 years. Age-appropriate play for babies & toddlers. Arts & crafts for keepsake treasures. A listening ear and help to build relationships. Individual support from our Family Workers when needed. A secure Facebook group for parents and staff to stay informed and in touch. Information on various health and wellbeing topics. Access to various donated items through collaborative partnerships. Signposting to other agencies and organisations

Name: Stepping Stones for Families – Power of Play Project
Service: Practical family support/ Peer support groups/ telephone/ online support/ Family play sessions
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We offer practical and emotional support for parents from pregnancy until your child turns 5 years old. We offer group play sessions which are designed to enhance your childs’ early learning and social experiences. We have our “tiny tots” baby sensory class which runs weekly & is most suited to children 0-2 years, a 12 week toddler program designed to build confidence and reduce separation anxiety and our family support and play sessions which include childcare and access to 1:1 and peer support. We also facilitate workshops on topics such as parenting, cooking, wellbeing and arts and crafts. Its a great way to meet other parents, find out about supports that are available and have fun.

Play is a universal language and we are proud to have such a culturally diverse service, this enables us to use peer support to engage with parents where language would otherwise be a barrier. 

We accept self and professional referrals, for more information please get in touch.

Name: The Association For Post Natal Illness
Service: Phone or Online Support for Postnatal Illness
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Other Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Charity Supporting anyone suffering from or affected by Post Natal Illness via our Helpline: 02073860868, by email or live via our online chat box available on our website.
www.apni.org
Mon-Fri: 10am-2pm

Name: The Breastfeeding Network
Service: National Breastfeeding Helpline & Online BfN Drugs in Breastmilk Information Service
Type: Peer Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

The National Breastfeeding Helpline is open 9.30am-9.30pm every single day of the year on 0300 100 0212. All calls are answered by volunteers in their own homes, all are mums who have breastfed and are trained and supported by The Breastfeeding Network and the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers. We offer friendly, non judgemental, evidence based, confidential breastfeeding information, support and reassurance. If the line is busy, callers can leave a message and someone will phone them back. Mums can also contact us for support via webchat or by sending a message to our facebook page @Nationalbreastfeedinghelpline The National Breastfeeding Helpline is funded by Public Health England and the Scottish Government.

The Breastfeeding Network’s Drugs in Breastmilk information service offered evidence based information on the safety of medication and treatments for breastfeeding mothers. Run by a small team of pharmacists and volunteers, there are a range of factsheets on the BfN website on topics including perinatal mental health and treatments for mental health issues as well as a wide range of other health issues. You can also contact the team direct via the facebook page @BfNDrugsinBreastmilkinformation, or by emailing druginformation@breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk

Name: Zaagi
Service: Onsite/ online/ garments for lost babies
Type: Other Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We supply hospitals with sets that include either a nesting blanket (miscarriage) or a blessing gown; all sets include a keepsake pouch for parents of the same material and a hand knitted baby blanket. All sets range in size and are available to families at no charge. Sets are most often supplied directly to wards, but have been requested by families, other organisations and funeral directors.