These are some of the various ways that it’s possible to find support, advice, and friends in the Stroud area, and further afield:
Stroud Health Visiting Team – 0300 421 8967
Stroud Maternity Hospital – 0300 421 8018
The Gloucestershire County Council website has a list of all of the children’s centres in the area:
Places for Support
- Stroud District Kids’ Stuff
A project of Foodbank provide a wide range of goods for children ranging from emergency packs of toiletries to children’s clothes and equipment, ie. pushchairs. Everything we provide is free of charge and we operate through a referral service that works with local health visitors, schools and children’s workers.
Stroud District Kids’ Stuff website
- Footsteps Counselling and Care
Support for anyone affected by a pregnancy related issue including miscarriage, still-birth, neonatal death, abortion, post/ante-natal depression, ectopic pregnancy, crisis pregnancy or infertility, recently or at any point in their lives.
Free Counselling, free breast feeding and emotional support. Our practical support includes free baby equipment and clothes for children up to 3 years.
To access our services please call 01452 308618
- Gingerbread – www.gingerbread.org.uk
0808 802 0925
We provide advice and practical support for single parents. Expert advisers answer our helpline, our website is packed full of useful information and we offer training too. We also campaign to improve the lives of all single parent families. And because we’re a national charity, it’s all free.
- Home-Start Stroud District
“Through a group of more that 70 parent volunteers we support parents who are struggling to cope. Families need support for many reasons including post-natal illness, disability, bereavement, the illness of a parent or child, or social isolation. This is parents supporting other parents to help build a family’s confidence and ability to cope. Families are supported all over the Stroud District area.”
Do you ever feel like this?
Isolated in your community
Suffering with post-natal illness but finding it hard to talk to anyone
Having a hard time coping with a child’s illness
Overwhelmed by the death of a loved one
Struggling with the emotional and physical demands of having twins, triplets or more
Struggling to cope with a disability or relationship problems
Tired, unhappy, exhausted…..or any similar problems.
What happens next?
After asking for our support you will meet with one of our local coordinators who will carefully match you with one of our volunteers
Your volunteer will visit you at home for a couple of hours a week
You choose to have a Home-Start volunteer and decide when Home-Start support should stop
You can also join in our family group or social activities if you want to.
Visit the Homestart website for more details.
Facebook: Home-Start Stroud District
- Domestic Violence Support
Stroud Women’s Refuge and Outreach Service – 01453 764385
Womens’ Aid 24hr helpline – 0808 200 0247 – firstname.lastname@example.org
0845 790 9090
08451 228 669
Provides self-help and support to families with excessively crying, sleepless and demanding babies. To achieve this, Cry-sis runs a national telephone helpline that is available to callers every day of the year between 9.00am and 10.00pm. Callers are referred to a trained volunteer member of Cry-sis who has had personal experience of crying or sleep problems within their own family.
- Young Minds – www.youngminds.org.uk
YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
Parental Advice – 0808 802 5544 – The YoungMinds Parents’ Helpline offers free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.
- CareConfidential Online – www.careconfidential.com
Counselling, Pregnancy and Abortion – 0300 400 0999
At CareConfidential we provide counselling, support and information if you are facing an unintended pregnancy, or following an abortion. These free and confidential services are provided through our Telephone Helpline and Online.
- Families Need Fathers – www.fnf.org.uk
0300 030 0363
FNF is a charity chiefly concerned with the problems of maintaining a child’s relationship with both parents during and after family breakdown. We offer information, advice and support services to help parents to achieve a positive outcome for their children.
- NCT – www.nct.org.uk
For new parents and parents-to-be.
0300 330 0700 – Helpline for practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood including help with feeding.
Netmums – www.netmums.com
Netmums is a family of local sites that cover the UK, each site offering information to mothers on everything from where to find playgroups and how to eat healthily to where to meet other mothers. The local sites are backed by a wealth of parenting articles that start with pregnancy and follow through each stage of childhood helping mums to enjoy a happy and healthy family life.
It has a huge number of forums where you can get advice, and there’s also a great ‘Meet a mum’ section where you can search for other mums in the area who you could perhaps meet up with.
It also has a huge number of baby and toddler groups, fitness classes, etc that you can search for locally.
GlosFamilies Directory – www.glosfamiliesdirectory.org.uk
Useful directory from the Gloucestershire County Council, providing information about childcare, ‘Things to do’, ‘Family Information and Services’, ‘Advice and Early Support’, ‘Special Educational Needs and Disabilites’ and ‘Practitioners’. Supported by the Families Information Service.
The Gloucestershire Family Information Service team
If you don’t know who to ask… ask us!
Telephone: 0800 542 02 02 (Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Answer machine at all other times)
Direct line: 01452 427362
Fax: 01452 544010
Text: 07769 965 118
By Post: Family Information Service
Ideas For The Kids – www.ideasforthekids.co.uk
‘IdeasForTheKids’ is the most comprehensive free online source of places to go and things to do with kids in the UK. It is aimed at parents and families and has over 10,000 child-friendly venues and attractions listed across the UK.
The site is free to use and aims to help users find new and interesting places to take their kids – be it for a day out, a holiday or long weekend, a school trip or merely to find inspiration when friends or family to come to visit.
- BarBar Nurseries – Beeches Green or Stratford Park – 07776 401483
- Little Angels Day Nursery – Hollybrooke, Newtown or Stonehouse – 01453 824555 or 01453 828292
- Little Foxes Nursery – Cashes Green – 01453 757251
- Little Oaks – Minchinhampton – 01285 655505
- Minchinhampton Nursery Group – 01453 882268 – email@example.com
- PATA Playgroup and Toddler Association – 01452 541244
- The Cornerstone Nursery – Stonehouse – 01453 821241
- The Stable Nursery – Tetbury – 01666 502830