bristol • north somerset • south gloucestershire

Groups and support for parents

Having a baby is a life changing experience and for some parents, the support of other mums and dads can really make a difference. There are lots of baby groups at church halls and children's centres that you can go to. Many of these are free or ask for a small donation towards drinks and biscuits. 

Your health visitor or children's centre may run free information sessions for new parents, or you can attend a course run by a voluntary organisation or private company for a fee. Some of these offer reduced fees for parents on low incomes.


General groups

The councils in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North East Somerset run a website called 1BigDatabase, which lists groups and activities in your area.

You can also try voluntary organisations like the NCT who run baby groups and free meet ups for parents at local cafes.

Barton Hill Settlement holds a number of mothers and family groups, including groups for Eastern European parents and for Muslim women



Bristol Fathers

Men behaving dadly


Young Parents

Teenage Parents Project

Young Mothers Group Trust


Parents of twins or more

Twins and Multiple Births Association

North Somerset Twins Plus

North Bristol Twins Group

Bristol Twins and More Club

Multiples, Mischief and Mayhem South West (BS22 area)


Courses for new parents


Helping new parents prepare for the arrival of their baby, so they have a calmer baby and more peaceful nights.  3-hour workshops antenatally, and 4-week classes postnatally                        

NCT Early Days Classes

5 x 2-hour day time sessions for mums and babies, covering topics such as sleeping, feeding, relationships, skills for motherhood and returning to work

CAN parent

Web-based parenting courses for new and not-so-new parents 


Postnatal Doulas

Offering flexible emotional and practical support to new parents in the early weeks for a fee

Doula Directory

Doula UK

Relaxed Birth and Parenting