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.
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: 03000110110 or via Live Chat on our website Monday-Friday 5-7pm www.idas.org.uk
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.
T: 07401 893439 (Kerrie)
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:
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
T: 01904 676710 / 07517 624750
“When I contacted Reflect I literally felt like I couldn’t go on…I thought I had to be strong and ‘get on’ and not show my vulnerable side…I knew they would help me, being specialists in what they did, but I never expected such warmth, love, support and gentle encouragement…Without Reflect I hate to think where I would be now…The pain and heartbreak hasn’t gone away, but Reflect has helped me to see the sunshine through the clouds…I am forever and eternally thankful.”
Emily and Karl’s Story
“Losing two much wanted babies in quick succession last year left Karl and I feeling that our light had gone out and that only darkness lay ahead for us…I was a complete mess and unable to return to work, and Karl’s heart was breaking as nothing he could do or say would comfort me…We can safely say that the day we found Reflect was the day that changed our lives forever…We cannot emphasise enough the importance of the work that Reflect does, or how essential it is that they become more widely recognised so that other people in need can benefit from their incredible support. Their help has had a huge and everlasting impact on our lives.”
Our main aims:
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
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
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.
T: 0300 330 0700
Find us on Facebook by searching for the York NCT page, or follow us on Twitter @YorkNct for all the latest news and updates.
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.
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
“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 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.
A group to help support others who have suffered and are suffering from PND, depression and anxiety.
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
T: 01904 421880 / 07393 147259
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
If you would like to come along please contact us, or just come to the drop in sessions on Tuesday and Thursday between 1pm and 4pm.
Kyra, Central Methodist Church, St Saviourgate, York YO1 8NQ
T: 01904 632332
One Saturday a month 11am
Optimum is a free monthly meet up group for independent, lone mums, offering the opportunity to form new friendships and exchange support and experiences. At each session there will be activities available for children as well as tea and cake for the mums.
Come alone or with children.Feel free to bring your lunch along too!
Facebook page: optimumyork.
Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York
Treasure 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.
We meet at the following venues:
Monday 10am – 11.30am Costa Coffee in Haxby
Tuesday 10.00am – 11.30am Nurture Breastfeeding Group at the Avenues Children’s Centre
Wednesday 10.00am – 11:30am Lidgett Grove Community Cafe
Thursday 1.00pm – 2.30pm Knavesmire Children’s Centre
Friday 10:30am to 11:30am Breastfeeding Counsellor drop in at West Thorpe Methodist Church in Dringhouses. Term time only.
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 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