Support and Services York

Support Groups & Organisations

A list of support groups and organisations for families in York that can help you and your child with a range of things. Whatever you’re going through, there is always someone who can help.

‘Bereaved Children Support York is a local charity that aims to support children, young people and their families living in the York area, so that they are better able to cope with the impact of grief on their lives.
We do this by running a monthly peer support group for bereaved children and families which provides the opportunity to meet others with similar experiences in a relaxed, fun and creative atmosphere.
We also offer one to one therapeutic support for those children who need it as well as running a fortnightly daytime group for parents.
Please contact us for the latest details of our next group sessions or for more information.

07593 534555
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Feeling lonely? Get in touch with the British Red Cross

Many of us will feel lonely at some point in our lives but with support from the British Red Cross, you don’t have to face that alone. To help tackle loneliness and social isolation in the UK, the Red Cross has introduced brand new services in communities across the country.

Responding to its research which found over 9 million of us regularly feel lonely, the Red Cross’ new Community Connectors are ready to provide a helping hand to adults of all ages who feel they have no one to turn to. This includes new parents, people dealing with bereavement, and those going through divorce/separation – many of whom feel in need of a bit of extra support.

Whether you’re struggling with life’s demands or simply don’t know where to turn for a friendly chat, the Red Cross can help. Our dedicated Connecting Communities services are there to help you feel better connected to your wider community.

To get in touch with your local Connecting Communities service in York please call.

01904 785272
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“Bundles of Joy” exists to help families and expectant parents in our community who are in need of some extra support. Through the kind donations of other York residents, we make up bundles of baby essentials and distribute them to recipients.

We are a Christian project motivated by the generosity and loving kindness of God.
Recipients are identified by Health Care professionals and other agencies, so we know we are reaching those most in need.

We work closely with the Besom Project in York who generously share their resources with us. See our website for more info.

If you would like to make a donation then please get in touch.

Here is a list of items that we are in need of:
– Baby bath/oil/shampoo (must be brand new and not opened)
– Big gift bags, Nappy cream and Wipes

– Stairgates (ideally pressure fit, with all screws and instructions if possible)
– Nappies size 0-6 and Bedding for moses baskets and cots

We would also hugely appreciate your prayers for this project, specifically that recipients would receive a glimpse of Christ’s love for them alongside the practical gifts we provide.

Any questions, please get in touch via email.

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The CLAPA Support in York is a support group, set up by a parent of a child with a cleft lip, offering extra support for local families.  For more information please visit: CLAPA Support in York on Facebook.

The Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) is a small charity working to improve the lives of people born with a cleft and their families in the UK. 1 in 700 babies are born with a cleft around the world, and over 1,200 babies are born with a cleft each year in the UK. CLAPA is a community of families, patients and health professionals, all dedicated to raising awareness and working together to overcome any barriers caused by cleft lip and palate.

CLAPA is a charity that has very little awareness about it, however an amazing team have recently set up a clinic in York. Before this the nearest clinic was in Leeds where all the operations were being carried out.

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Congratulations! You and your children have almost made it to the end of this really difficult year. Now we just have to navigate the summer holidays…
September may seem a long way away, but it will come quickly, and if you would like to book a place on one of our courses to give you the chance to meet other parents, think about your relationship with your child(ren) and how you might like to change things, then do get in contact with me so that you are not disappointed.
The courses we have running are:

Handling Anger in the Family

Tuesday afternoons 12.45 to 2.45pm for 4 weeks
starting 28th September at
St. Mark’s Church, Howard Drive, Rawcliffe YO30 5UZ.
For flyer click here

Wednesday evenings 7.15 to 9pm for 4 weeks
starting 22nd September, online via Zoom.
For flyer click here

Thursday afternoons 12.45 to 2.45pm for 4 weeks
starting 23rd September, online via Zoom.
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Time Out for Parents – the Teenage Years:

Monday afternoons 12.45 to 2.45 for 5 weeks
starting 20th September at Cornerstone at St. Georges,
Millfield Lane, Osbaldwick YO10 3AL.
For flyer click here

Tuesday evenings 7.30 to 9.30pm for 5 weeks
starting 21st September at
The Gateway Centre, Front Street, Acomb YO24 3BZ.
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Time Out for Parents – the Primary Years:

Thursday mornings 9.30 to 11.30am for 5 weeks
starting 23rd September at
The Gateway Centre, Front Street, Acomb YO24 3BZ.
For flyer click here

Thursday evenings 7.15 to 9pm for 5 weeks
starting 23rd September, online via Zoom.
For flyer click here

To book a place or for further information please contact:
Helen Atkinson on 07393 147259 email
or you can find more information about our courses on our website

Do follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

And please pass the flyers on to any parents you think might be interested.

We also offer Reconnect, a 5 session couple to couple mentoring service, focusing on relationship skills to help you strengthen your couple relationship. For details contact Emma at

01904 421880
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Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) offer non-judgmental, practical and emotional support to anyone affected by domestic abuse, sexual violence or sexual abuse in York, North Yorkshire, Sheffield and Barnsley. Our experienced workers will listen and explain the options available, including providing support through the criminal and civil justice system. We can also help to arrange emergency accommodation for people fleeing domestic abuse. We keep people safe and support them to make their own decisions.

Contact us on our helpline or via Live Chat on our website Monday-Friday 3-6pm.

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Parents/carers of pre school children with social communication difficulties, and their siblings at a parent led group. Parents/Carers also with children /siblings on portage waiting list are welcome also.

Portage worker will also be at venue twice a month for any questions/queries.
Monthly events – coming soon!!

Every other Friday 9.30/45 – 11.00

Pineapple Room, The House, Hobmoor Childrens Centre, Green Lane , Acomb, York, Yo24 4ps.

07401 893439
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The Local Maternity System (LMS) is a partnership of organisations, women and their families working together to deliver improvements in local maternity services.

The information on their website is aimed at those who will receive the majority of their maternity care through midwifery services and obstetric consultant care through one or more of the following hospital Trusts – York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust. Some women, babies and families with special requirements may need to travel outside this area.

On this website you can find information about services local to you, general pregnancy and birth advice, and information on more specialist services including post-natal mental health services. If you are a professional you can find information about local courses and training.


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If you are a lone parent in York and not in employment, we are here to help you.

We have friendly and helpful lone parent mentors to support you to overcome barriers, helping you increase your confidence, manage debt, helping you get new skills , and dealing with issues that you feel are stopping you from reaching your full potential.

We are working in York and in the community (within the guidelines for social distancing).

For further information and support please ring, text or email Liz.

07975 530547

Welcome to RAISE, a supportive inclusive community for parents of anxious children & teens.

RAISE stands for Resilient, Adaptable, Independent, Self-confident, Empowered which are the qualities we want for our children & teens.

My name is Ruth Tarr, I am a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist working with children and teens suffering from anxiety and providing much needed support for their parents. I have created this safe, non-judgemental, caring community for parents (& carers) of ALL anxious children & teens to offer and share advice, tips, strategies and help.

Supporting an anxious child or teen can feel hard, so reach out and ask for help. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Join to connect with, share and learn from other parents so YOU can help your children & teens overcome anxiety and realise how resilient they really are.


Reflect is a free support service in North Yorkshire for anyone facing a Pregnancy Choice and for those struggling after experiencing Pregnancy Loss. We offer free one to one support for individuals or couples either face to face or via skype or telephone.

An unintended pregnancy can be a crisis for anyone whatever your circumstance. Facing this can be a difficult and confusing experience. At Reflect you can talk to a trained volunteer who will listen, offer you space to think and help you consider all your options.

Sadly, 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage and 1 in 250 end in stillbirth. At Reflect we offer a structured support programme for those experiencing a Pregnancy Loss of any kind including miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or termination of pregnancy. We offer a safe, compassionate environment where we work through a support programme called “Reflections: Walking through loss”.

Reflect, The Gateway Centre, Front Street, Acomb YO24 3BZ

01904 676710
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The York Down Syndrome Support Group is a parent led group, supporting families in and around York, whose worlds are enlivened by having a family member who has Down Syndrome.
The overall aim of the group is to create and develop necessary provisions which will enable our children to attain their full potential.

We do this by:
· offering personal support to families with a prenatal or antenatal diagnosis
· hosting monthly sessions where families can come together to chat and play
· having regular social events for the whole family
· lending useful resources to families and professionals
· providing training for parents and professionals
· providing weekly speech and language groups
· promoting the awareness of Down syndrome

We work closely with York District Hospital and local early years specialists to ensure up to date, informed literature as well as our antenatal and prenatal welcome pack are provided to families.
Whether you have just received a high chance diagnosis, had a post-natal diagnosis or have just moved to the area with a child with Down Syndrome we are here to support you.

To talk in confidence or to access the group please contact Theresa Ollerenshaw

07752 724965
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Citizens Advice offers help to York residents.

We offer free, confidential and impartial advice on issues including debt, welfare benefits, employment, housing and discrimination.

We are currently delivering advice via telephone on 0300 330 2113, webchat and email.  Visit for more information.

We understand that these routes will not be suitable for all clients, if you are having difficulty in accessing our services please ring us on 07496 749807.

Please leave a message if you cannot speak to an adviser and we will call you back to discuss your situation.

Citizens Advice York, West Offices, Station Rise YO1 6GA York

07496 749807
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Community-based support service for families with children 19yrs old or under (25yrs or under if the child has a disability). Help with any issues which may be putting your home at risk such as debt, rent arrears, substance misuse, domestic abuse, physical or mental ill health. We work with you in your own home to resolve these issues and get the help that you need to make your home and family secure.

Please contact us for more information

01904 552816
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York Family Information Service is a free and impartial service for parents and carers who have children aged 0 – 19 years old (or up to 25 years old if the child has additional needs or disabilities). We provide information on anything to do with family life in York including, Ofsted registered childcare, ways to reduce childcare costs, baby, toddler groups and activities, support services, young people and much more. We operate on an ask anything basis, so whatever your question, get in touch and we will try and help you.

Please ring: 01904 554444

Text (only) 07786 202241
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The York Food Justice Alliance (YFJA) is a cross-sector group working to better understand and tackle food poverty through research, campaigning, and development work:

Our main aims:

  • Reduce the need for food aid provision by identifying and raising awareness about the systemic drivers of food poverty, e.g. ensuring those eligible for financial support are in receipt of it.
  • Give people the skills and confidence to challenge food poverty in their area.
  • Ensure existing community support is inclusive, supportive, social and well-coordinated across the city.
  • Encourage community food organisations to develop advocacy, advice & support services.
  • Ensure children in York are fed during term time and in school holidays.
  • Involve ‘experts by experience’ in YFPA’s work.

YFPA is part of Good Food York, York Human Rights City Network & One Planet York. Our members include:
Bellfarm Community Centre, Church Action on Poverty, Citizens Advice York, City of York Council, Community at Tesco, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Planet Food: The Real Junk Food Project, Red Tower CIC, Tang Hall Big Local, Tang Hall Community Centre, University of York, York City Football Club Foundation, York Foodbank

York Food Poverty Alliance, York

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Because NCT has nearly 60 years’ experience in supporting new mums and dads, you can rely on our range of courses to support you through pregnancy, birth and your new life as a parent.

All NCT courses are led by specially trained and experienced practitioners who understand what matters to new mums and dads. And don’t forget, every NCT course gives you the opportunity to meet other parents in your area.

In the NCT Signature antenatal course more than half of the course covers the birth of the baby, plus plenty of time to explore questions, hopes and anxieties in a safe and supportive space. Courses feature information about pregnancy, birth and becoming a parent, with content tailored to the needs of the small group taking part. The courses are usually 18 hours in length and include a dedicated session on breastfeeding and an information pack to take away with you.

Our NCT Essentials antenatal course is our newest course. It’s the shorter and most affordable antenatal course we offer. Every course follows the same, important six themes delivered over six 2-hour sessions. On this course parents will get practical information and emotional support for pregnancy, plus the knowledge and techniques to prepare for the birth of the baby. About half of this course covers important information to help care for the baby.

Everyone is welcome to pay by instalments and we offer discounts for parents in receipt of benefits or on lower incomes. Please request further information from the course organiser when you enquire about your course.

0300 330 0700
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We provide free legally based confidential and impartial information, advice and support (IAS) about matters relating to special educational needs and disabilities.

Advice can be provided to children and young people aged 0-25 years with SEND and also to their parents/carers to provide opportunities through carrying out individual casework where required, so that they have impartial information about their legal rights that empowers them to express their views and helps them to understand and apply their rights in matters including exclusions, complaints, SEN processes and SEND Appeals; and make informed choices about their education, health and care outcomes.

SENDIASS is a statutory service, provided in house with the City of York Council and operates at arms-length from the local authority.

01904 554319
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Young Women’s Trust is offering Work It Out: a free service that offers support for women aged 18 – 30. Work It Out unlocks your potential: building skills, strong mental health and opening up opportunities for your future. There are 2 parts to Work It Out – coaching and job application feedback. Check out our website to sign up.

Coaching is a series of conversations where a coach asks questions to help you think about different parts of your life. Young women have described Work It Out coaching as something which helped them think through their next steps and make a plan. You can have up to 6 free sessions with your coach over the phone, email or Whatsapp at a time that suits you.

Job Applications: Get expert help with your CV, cover letter or job application from recruitment professionals. You will get advice over email including tips on formatting your CV, what to include in a cover letter and suggested improvements on your applications.

Are you…
A woman?
Aged 18 – 30?
Living in England or Wales?
Looking for support to plan your next steps?
If the answer to all these questions is yes, then you can use Work It Out.

We particularly want to support young women with experience of living on low or no pay, with a disability, who are currently out of work, have caring responsibilities, are care leavers or have few or no formal qualifications.

Get in touch with our team:
Phone 0808 808 8099 ( This number is free from all major mobile networks)
Whatsapp or text 07400 553 880

0808 808 8099
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Every Wednesday 1-2.30pm for Parents and Toddlers, 2.30-4pm for Adults

A supportive environment in which people from diverse communities can develop new friendships and build links to the wider York community. Crafts, music, games, snacks and information sessions all free of charge. Run by York Racial Equality Network, a voluntary organisation and registered charity.

St Aelred’s Community Centre – at the rear of St Aelred’s Church
216 Fifth Avenue
Tang Hall,
York YO31 0PN
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Autism Family York

I have set up a support page for mums/ dads/ brothers/sisters/grandparents ECT of child with autism.

The page has been created for us all to support each other, ask questions, share advice and experiences.


Bridge House

Free support and practical help for anyone in North Yorkshire who has experienced sexual violence and/or sexual abuse. Bridge House offer support and guidance, medical assessment and aftercare. If you are unsure if this is the right service, please get in touch and we can either offer an appointment or point you in the right direction.

Bridge House SARC, 48 Bridge Road, Bishopthorpe, York, North Yorkshire, YO23 2RR

T:0330 223 0362

Depression Support Group (Facebook)

Depression Support Group (Click to get to the group)

A group to help support others who have suffered and are suffering from PND, depression and anxiety.

Kyra Womens Project

The Kyra Womens’s Project aims to support women in York to:

·       Make positive life change
·       Make friends, be part of a supportive community
·       Develop skills and strengths to move towards self help and helping others

Kyra works to empower women to make positive life changes. We welcome all women including those at a point of need such as isolation, unemployment, recovery from domestic violence, depression, drug dependency, low self-esteem or mental ill health, etc.
We offer informal support, courses and activities, for example self esteem and assertiveness courses and activities such as relaxation, gardening, singing, therapeutic art, reflexology, craft and one to one support

You are welcome to call into the new members session on the 1st or 3rd Monday if the month between 1-2.30pm or Tuesday pms 1-4 or Thursday 10-12.

Kyra, Central Methodist Church, St Saviourgate, York YO1 8NQ

T: 01904 632332

Little Cherubs Support Services

Professional guidance advisor.
A range of services and weekly meet ups to help and guide those in need.
Plus baby and toddler groups
With over 17 years professional and personal experience.
I have a service that can support you!

Based in Acomb, York but can travel short distances for home visits.
T:07948 734255

Parents 4 Parents

We are in North Yorkshire, to offer free support to parents who are facing difficult circumstances when expecting or looking after their children.

Our volunteers offer confidential support to parents, run groups where parents get to know and support each other, and organise events for parents and children to enjoy.


Quantum Vantage

For employed/unemployed or self employed women living in York or North Yorkshire, fully funded Personal Development Programme or Future Female Leader Programmes available – Programme includes:
– 1-2-1 Coaching
– Regular Group Workshops
– Personal/Professional skills development
– Programme delivered through Zoom 4 x 3hr sessions

For further info or to book your place CALL OR TEXT

T: 07572 048031

Survive York

Survive offers specialist counselling and support work to men and women across North Yorkshire who have experienced sexual trauma including rape, sexual assault, child sexual abuse as well as grooming, sexual exploitation and the coercive sexual control often present in abusive relationships.

25 Micklegate, York YO1 6JH

T: 01904 638 813

The Spilt Milk Club

The Spilt Milk Club is a peer-support group for parents struggling with postnatal depression.

The group is at 1pm – 2pm every other Monday at Knavesmire Children’s Centre.

Babies and children are very welcome and if you would like to, you can bring a friend or partner for moral support.

Come along for a chat and a biscuit. We are here to listen, offer support and share experiences of being a parent with postnatal depression.

Knavesmire Children’s Centre, Trafalgar Street, York YO23 1HY
T: 07729225055 (Caroline Shield) – Facebook page

Treasure Chest Breastfeeding Support

Treasure Chest Breastfeeding Group aims to promote, support and encourage breastfeeding in the York area.

We are running virtual breastfeeding support groups via Zoom. See our website for details

We run weekly support groups, a monthly antenatal workshop for pregnant women and a partner, and have a private Facebook group where you can chat to our trained peer supporters as well as meet other local breastfeeding families.

Our peer supporters are all volunteers who have breastfed their child for at least six months and have undergone training to enable them to support other families who wish to breastfeed. They have all had 20 hours of training which covers areas such as counselling and listening skills, how breastfeeding works and how to tackle breastfeeding problems.

Please see our website and/or Facebook page for up to date details of how and when to get support.

‘Highly recommend going on the Treasure Chest course, they will answer all your questions and can support you in feeding. X’

ED, Oct 18

‘Gave lots of good advice and tips which were invaluable when attempting to do the first feeds when you’re knackered from the birth! Plenty of excellent support on the Treasure Chest FB group too, invaluable when you’ve got feeding questions in the middle of the night as a bunch of other mums will also be awake!’

FB, April 19


Wilberforce Trust

Wilberforce Trust, one of York’s oldest charities. We care and support individuals with sight and hearing loss along with other disabilities.

We have developed a service so that we can offer out of school support to children with visual impairment. Activities so far have included an easter egg hunt specifically adapted for children with a visual impairment, a visit to a Leeds Rhino’s game and a visit to the Scarborough coast on the Wetwheels boat, ran an animal therapy session and also a sensory crafts session.

We have a number of future events planned and will be continuing to develop and grow this service.

If you have a child with a visual impairment and your family would like to join Club Wilber then contact Samantha Scholey-Dyson at or find us on Facebook and ask to join our private group, just search for Club Wilber.

T: 01904 760037

York Carers Centre

An independent charity, working in partnership with carers, statutory and voluntary organisations to ensure unpaid carers throughout York have access to confidential information, advice and support.

We support carers of all ages:

  • Adults
  • Young adults (18 to 25)
  • Young carers (5 to 18)

17 Priory Street

01904 715490

York Inspirational Kids

York Inspirational Kids is a support group for families who have a child with a disability and/or additional need. The group offers activities, outings, training and general support for parent cares, disabled children and siblings. In addition to the main group there are sub groups of York Ausome Kids that supports families of children on the autistic spectrum, York Hemi Kids for families of children with hemiplegia and York Inspirational Adopters for families who have adopted a child with disability/additional need.

T:  01904 780880

York Multiple Sclerosis Group

York Multiple Sclerosis Group have a coffee morning every Tuesday, a chance to meet up with others with MS and have a chat and a laugh with people who understand what your going through.

Holiday Inn Tadcaster Road York
10.30am onwards

York Parents & Carers Group

Yorkshire MESMAC have started a new support group in York for parents and carers of LGBTQ young people.

This is an online session at 6pm-7pm every Tuesday.

Contact Lilly on 07710 099 033 or


York’s LGBTQ youth group for ages 14-25 run by Yorkshire MESMAC. Please get in contact for exact times and dates! Session run online during COVID.

The Workshop, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ
T: 07710 099033 (Lilly)