Support and Services York

Support Groups & Organisations

Bereaved Children Support York is a local charity that seeks to support children, young people and their families living in the York area, so they are better able to cope with the impact of bereavement on their lives. We do this by running a monthly peer support group which provides the opportunity to meet other children with similar experiences in a relaxed, fun and creative environment. We also offer one to one therapeutic support for those children who need it as well as arranging social trips and activities and running a regular daytime group for parents.

07593 534555


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


“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:
– Good quality non-soiled clothing up to 2 years (preferably washed and ironed, if you can manage it)
– Sterilisers, new bottles and teats, and muslins
– Blankets and linen
– Nappies, wipes, toiletries, maternity pads etc (must be brand new)

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.

0300 302 0024

Parenting is the hardest job in the world and EVERY parent needs help and encouragement. Family Matters York run parenting courses and workshops for all mums, dads and carers providing you with opportunities to think about what you are doing with your children, and to share ideas with other parents.

We cover topics such as how to build children’s self-esteem, what we can do to set and maintain reasonable boundaries and there is also opportunity to discuss your own issues. The courses are fun and interactive and give plenty of food for thought!

Dilston House, 65 Lawrence Street, York, YO10 3BU

01904 421880


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 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 5-7pm.



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.


Reflect is a pregnancy support charity based in York and Harrogate. We provide free, impartial and confidential support to men and women facing an unexpected pregnancy choice and to those struggling after experiencing pregnancy loss, including miscarriage, still-birth and post-abortion. We can offer face to face advice and support at our venues in Acomb and Harrogate, or if this is not convenient, we can also arrange other appointment locations or provide help over the telephone or by email.

Why We Help:

  • 1 in 3 women will have an abortion in their lifetime
  • 1 in 4 early pregnancies end in miscarriage
  • 97% of abortions in 2013 were carried out solely to reduce the risk of harm to the well-being of the pregnant woman. However, the number of women seeking post-abortion support is rising.
  • Research shows a woman is best able to cope with an unintended pregnancy decision made free from pressure or fear. A woman (and her partner) are far more likely to cope with a decision that has not been rushed, knowing they have made a truly informed choice, even if it is difficult at the time.

We offer this time and space at Reflect, with non-judgemental support and information to help people make the decision best for them. We provide emotional and practical support whatever the outcome and aim to help all men and women access the services they need.

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

01904 676710


The York Food Poverty Alliance (YFPA) 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, Chill in the Community CIC, 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, C/o The Healing Clinic, 14 Merchants Place, Merchantgate, York, YO1 9TU

07734 721187


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.

Text (only): 07624802244

01904 554444


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.

0300 330 0700


Every Wednesday 1-3pm

A supportive environment in which people from diverse communities can develop new friendships and build links to the wider York community. Run by York Racial Equality Network, a voluntary organisation and registered charity.

St Aelred’s Community Centre 216 Fifth Avenue Tang Hall, York YO31 0PN


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.


Bottom to the Top

A Local Facebook Group group raising awareness around depression and anxiety and how crippling it can be

It is a place you will always be welcome and problems shared and listened to a place we care and look out for each other .
We’re better United then to stand apart and judge.
To put a person down for a illness they can’t control says more about them than the person with the illness .
Please be aware that we are not professionally trained in any part of mental health .
If you are in immediate danger of life please ring A Ambulance The Samaritans, Crisis or if you are seriously hurt or your life is in danger please ring a ambulance.
We are a support group to help listen to you and be there but please remember we are not legally qualified to give advice on metal health.

# Be kind


Depression Support Froup (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.

Kindred spirit – social communication support group

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.

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

The Spilt Milk Club

Starts 23/09/3019

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

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.

The group is every other week 1pm-2pm. It will be term time only to begin with. The dates up to Christmas are:
September 23rd
October 7th
October 21st
November 4th
November 18th
December 2nd
December 16th

Knavesmire Children’s Centre, Trafalgar Street, York YO23 1HY
T: 07729225055 Caroline Shield

Treasure Chest Breastfeeding Social Group

New social group aimed at all parents-to-be and new parents (newborns up to pre-crawlers) to make friends and chat about all things “new parent, new baby”!
Free of charge. Hot and cold drinks available to purchase. Room for buggys.

Day: Thursdays (beginning on 26th September 2019)
Time: 11:15-12:45
Location: Trafalgar Bay, Nunnery Lane, York, YO23 1AB

Treasure Chest Breastfeeding Support

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

We operate weekly drop ins, antenatal workshops, hire pumps and support online support via our Facebook group ‘Treasure Chest & Beyond’

Weekly drop-in breastfeeding groups in the York area
If you would like breastfeeding support or information, you are welcome to come to one of our friendly and informal drop-in groups. You will have the opportunity to chat to one of our breastfeeding peer supporters and/or counsellors. It is also a chance to meet other mums. The groups are FREE and children of all ages are welcome as well as a partner/family member/friend.

‘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 after 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.

T: 01904 760037

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

The Workshop, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ

T: 01904 620400