Parental Support

Where to find support

Some of these organisations may be experiencing some disruption, but please still try to find the support you need. Also see the newly added Online Support page for support that I have specifically found in Spring 2020.

The Gloucestershire Family Information Service team

Family Information Service (FIS) advisors give impartial information on childcare, finances, parenting and education. They support families, children and young people aged 0- 19 years of age (25 for young people with additional needs).

Telephone: 0800 542 02 02 (Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.
Answer machine at all other times)
Direct line: 01452 427362


Children’s Centres 

Following the changes, to get support from a Children and Family centre, you will need to make a referral. Parents, children, families, professionals and carers can make a referral by visiting the Glosfamilies Directory website or by completing a request for service form.

Info from Gloucestershire County Council

Support for Dads

Becoming a new dad is a huge undertaking and a father’s role is very important. We believe that all dads should feel supported through the perinatal period. Dads are usually the first to notice something is changing in their partner. They should speak to your midwife or health visitor if they have any concerns.

A great website for dads is:

PANDAS have an online community, Pandas DADs Facebook page and email 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.

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 –

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 –

We have friendly, non-judgmental volunteers who will visit families in their own homes on a weekly basis offering emotional and practical support. As part of the Mothers in Mind Project we are also developing drop-in groups, workshops, Mindfulness courses and peer support. Give us a call or visit our website or Face Book page if you would like more information.

01453 297470
07742 944402

Twitter: @homestartsd

Facebook: Home-Start Stroud District

Domestic Violence Support

Stroud Women’s Refuge and Outreach Service – 01453 764385

Womens’ Aid 24hr helpline – 0808 200 0247 –

Samaritans –

0845 790 9090

GLOUCESTER AND DISTRICT SAMARITANS 01452 306333 (local call charges apply)
116 123 (this number is free to call)

Cry-sis –

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 –

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.

Parent’s survival guide

CareConfidential Online –

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 –

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.


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.

MOBS (Mothers Offering Breastfeeding Support)

Meets weekly, offering information and support to women who would like to breastfeed or are already breastfeeding.

PANDAS foundation –

Pandas Foundation have a helpline open every day between 9am-8pm, run by a team of trained volunteers. The PANDAS Foundation is here to help support and advise any parent who is experiencing a perinatal mental illness.  We are also here to inform and guide family members, carers, friends and employers as to how they can support someone who is suffering.
Tel 0843 28 98 401

PND and Me –

PND and Me aims to Connect, Support and Empower those affected by Perinatal Mental Illness.
Founded by mother of three Rosey Adams, in January 2014, after experiencing Antenatal and Postnatal Depression which each of her children.

PND and Me has continued to grow and create large network of mothers, fathers and health care professionals from around the UK that link in together every Wednesday via the PND and Me Twitter account for the #PNDHour tweet chat between 8-9pm. We have discussed a wide range of topics surrounding Perinatal Mental Illness in a safe, non judgmental space.


We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Our local Minds support over 375,000 people across England and Wales. Their services include supported housing, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending.

Let’s Talk –

This is a free Gloucestershire NHS service which offers therapy & information during times when you feel stressed, anxious or depressed. They prioritise women who are pregnant and have just had a baby because they recognise this is a vulnerable time.
Call 0800 073 2200 or visit their website at

The Listening Post –

Listening Post offers counselling to adults in Gloucestershire suffering from emotional distress. There are many reasons why people seek counselling. Sometimes a relationship has broken down or you have been bereaved. Sometimes the stress of hard working lives has become unmanageable. Sometimes wounds from much earlier in your life resurface and haunt you. Sometimes you just feel you have lost your way and no longer know what to do.

Whoever you are, whatever has led you here, welcome.

We provide counselling for anyone over 18, regardless of financial status, gender, religion, sexual orientation or ethnic origin.

We serve any resident of Gloucestershire, including those who might otherwise be financially prevented from accessing professional counselling support.
Stroud 01453 750123 / Gloucester 01452 383820

Counselling Directory – is a nationwide database of qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.
They have a Counselling Directory policy. This means all professionals are checked to ensure they provide evidence of qualifications or membership with a professional body before they can be listed with us, so you can be sure of contacting a credible professional.
They have detailed library of fact-sheets featuring useful information about how counselling might be able to help with what’s worrying you.

Local pages/groups to follow