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Parents - useful Links

Below are some links to national and local organisations that we think you might find useful. Links to other websites can also be found in the For Children.

Our partnership with parents is key to our work. We welcome any ideas or comments you might have on the running and direction of the centre. We recognise that community services can often appear to be geared around the needs of Mothers. Dads can feel left out. However, we feel that fathers have an equally important role to play with their children and have needs of their own - after all, children don't come with "instructions" for any of us! A parent's role can be very demanding for both Mums and Dads.

Accident Prevention

Child Accident Prevention Trust
The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) is dedicated to reducing the number of children and young people killed, disabled and seriously injured as a result of accidents
Click here to view Child Accident Prevention Trust

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
Providing information, advice, resources and training, is actively involved in the promotion of safety in all areas of life - at work, in the home, and on the roads, in schools, at leisure and on or near water.
Click here to view Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

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Allergy UK
Information and support to sufferers and their families. Leaflets, fact sheets and regular newsletters are available. In addition they run a help line and support groups throughout the country.
Click here to view Allergy UK

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Breast Feeding

Best Beginnings - breastfeeding
Advice on breastfeeding your baby, as well as many other topics on giving your baby the best start in life.
Click here to view Best Beginnings - breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Network
Aims to be an independent source of support and information for breastfeeding women and others. They run a service that automatically connects you to your local Breastfeeding Supporter
Click here to view Breastfeeding Network

NHS Choices website - breastfeeding

"Breastmilk gives babies all the nutrients they need for the first six months of life and helps protect them from infection and diseases. It also reduces mothers' chances of getting certain diseases later in life."

Click here to view NHS Choices website - breastfeeding

The La Leche League
The La Leche League International mission is: To help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother
Click here to view The La Leche League

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Best Bear
A service listing recommended childcare agencies near you and offering researched information on all areas of childcare.
Click here to view Best Bear

Family and Childcare Trust
Runs a helpline for parents with general childcare queries. Their web site contains information on childcare options and details of financial support available to pay for childcare.
Click here to view Family and Childcare Trust

Family Information Service
Surrey Family Information Service are an internet, telephone and outreach service providing information, advice and assistance to parents of children and young people, in all sorts of areas. The have a childcare finder on their website.
Click here to view Family Information Service

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Childhood Education

British Association for Early Child Education
Publishes a series of leaflets for parents covering child development. Their web site also provides a number of interesting articles online.
Click here to view British Association for Early Child Education

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Domestic Violence

Victim Support
Victim Support are the national charity giving free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone else affected, across England and Wales.
Click here to view Victim Support

Women's Aid
Women's Aid is the national charity for women and children working to end domestic abuse. We are a federation of over 220 organisations providing more than 300 lifesaving services to women and children across England.
Click here to view Women's Aid

Your Sanctuary
Your Sanctuary, formerly called Surrey Women's Aid, is a local charity that provides a range of services which offer emotional and practical support to people and their children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse.
Click here to view Your Sanctuary

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Family Support

Action for Children
Action for Children works to improve the lives of the UK's most vulnerable children and young people
Click here to view Action for Children

Carer Trust
The Carer Trust "understands that few of us plan to become carers, so when a caring role starts, every carer needs an expert to guide them through the maze of services, rules and entitlements. For a carer, this can make the difference between keeping and losing their job, or between staying healthy and collapsing under the stress."

Click here to view Carer Trust

Works with deprived & disadvantaged children in order to help them reach their full potential.
Click here to view Coram

Home Start (UK)
Home-Start is the UK's leading family support organisation for families with children in the 0-5 age group. Home-Start volunteers provide emotional and practical support and friendship to families in their own homes. By doing so they represent a lifeline for many families when things are difficult.
Click here to view Home Start (UK)

Net Mums
Founded in 2000 Netmums is the UK's fastest-growing online parenting organisation. Netmums is a family of local sites that cover the UK, each site offering information to mothers on everything from where to find playgroups and how to eat healthily to where to meet other mothers. The local sites are backed by a wealth of parenting articles that start with pregnancy and follow through each stage of childhood helping mums to enjoy a happy and healthy family life
Click here to view Net Mums

One plus one
Working for the well being of couples and their families
Click here to view One plus one

Save The children
Long-term development and prevention work to help children, their families and communities to be self-sufficient. We learn from the reality of children's lives and campaign for solutions to the problems they face.
Click here to view Save The children

Surrey Young Carers

Young carers are children and young persons under 18 who provide or intend to provide care, assistance or support to another family member. Surrey Young Carers are one of three voluntary services managed by Action for Carers (Surrey). They can offer free impartial information and support to young carers.

Click here to view Surrey Young Carers

The Counselling Directory
If you are looking for a Counsellor or Psychotherapist, the Counselling Directory holds a lists of those who are registered with a recognised professional body or those who have sent copies of their qualifications and insurance cover. You just need to type your postcode in the box on the home page and it will give you a list of those who are nearby.
Click here to view The Counselling Directory

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Website for young children featuring games, songs, ideas for craft and episodes of cbeebies programmes.
Click here to view Cbeebies

Childrens BBC
The national children's BBC website
Click here to view Childrens BBC

Enchanted Learning
Full of play and educational ideas for you and your children. You can use these ideas to have fun learning together.
Click here to view Enchanted Learning

Family Holiday Association
A national charity dedicated to providing holidays for deprived families
Click here to view Family Holiday Association

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Asthma UK
Provides education and support to people with asthma. They run a helpline staffed by asthma specialist nurses and can put you in touch with local support volunteers.
Click here to view Asthma UK

International Association of Infant Massage
Promotes nurturing touch and communication through training, education and research so that parents, caregivers and children are loved, valued and respected.
Click here to view International Association of Infant Massage

Kids Teeth
Provides a parent's guide to looking after their children's teeth. It includes some very useful tips on how to encourage regular brushing.
Click here to view Kids Teeth

NHS Choices
Provides a large database of information about common complaints together with self-help advice. You can also speak to someone 24 hours a day via the telephone helpline by calling 111.
Click here to view NHS Choices

Patient UK
Information on health, self help and patient support groups. Also provides a directory of websites and provides NHS information.
Click here to view Patient UK

The National Eczema Society
Dedicated to helping people with eczema and their families
Click here to view The National Eczema Society

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Local Government

Council Website
View the Council's A - Z list of services and contacts, plus a wealth of local news updates
Click here to view Council Website

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Lone Parent


We provide free advice, training, and practical support for single parents and campaign to improve the lives of all single parent families.

Click here to view Gingerbread

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Mental Health

Ieso Digital Health

Anxious? Stressed? Depressed? Consider online therapy, available at a time to suit you.

Ieso Digital Health is commissioned by the NHS in Surrey to provide free, discreet and confidential one-to-one online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). We treat people dealing with common mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, post-natal depression and social anxiety. Anyone registered with a GP in Surrey can access Ieso online therapy. All patients must be aged 18 and over.

Click here to view Ieso Digital Health

Mental Health UK’s Debt Advice Service
Helping you understand, manage & improve your mental health and money issues. Clear, practical advice and support for people experiencing issues with mental health and money.

Click here to view Mental Health UK’s Debt Advice Service

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BBC Parenting
This site provides information from things to play and do, baby learning, childcare, A to Z of support services, child health, hints and tips written by parents for parents and more www.bbc.co.uk/health/parenting
Click here to view BBC Parenting

Best Beginnings
A wealth of information on giving your baby the best start in life.
Click here to view Best Beginnings

Dads UK
A voluntary support group for dads offering advice, information and forums.
Click here to view Dads UK

Families Need Fathers
Families Need Fathers is a registered UK charity which provides information and support to parents, including unmarried parents, of either sex. FNF is chiefly concerned with the problems of maintaining a child's relationship with both parents during and after family breakdown.
Click here to view Families Need Fathers

Family Lives
A source of help before a problem becomes a crisis. Advice and support whenever needed.
Click here to view Family Lives

Family Lives - Where can young parents go for support?
Becoming a parent is hard work, and it can be even harder without family or friends around to support you. You may be worried about how you will cope financially or how you will continue to study or afford childcare while looking after your baby. Family Lives is available free 24/7 if you need someone to talk to call our free and confidential helpline on 0808 800 222 (previously known as Parentline). 
Click here to view Family Lives - Where can young parents go for support?

Little Lullaby - a Place for Young Parents

The Lullaby Trust is proud to introduce Little Lullaby, our dedicated project for young parents.

Little Lullaby wants to stop all unexpected deaths of babies and toddlers born to young parents. We want young parents to feel better informed, more confident and less isolated through pregnancy, birth and beyond.

With the help of our Young Parent Ambassadors, we spread safer sleep advice to young parents aged 25 or under through our safer sleep workshops, our website and our work with professionals.

Click here to view Little Lullaby - a Place for Young Parents


Mumsnet is a website designed by parents, where parents and parents-to-be could share their know-how on the net. Their philosophy is "to make parents' lives easier by pooling knowledge, experience and support."

Click here to view Mumsnet

The Lullaby Trust - Safer sleep for babies, Support for families
The Lullaby Trust provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies, emotional support for bereaved families and raises awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Click here to view The Lullaby Trust - Safer sleep for babies, Support for families

Young Parents Advice - supporting young parents whose children are in need, deemed at risk, in care or adopted
This website has been developed by Family Rights Group to share legal and practical information to help more young mothers and fathers and young parents-to-be to keep their children safely with them.
Click here to view Young Parents Advice - supporting young parents whose children are in need, deemed at risk, in care or adopted

Youth centres and projects in Surrey Heath

Youth centres are venues where young people can meet friends and take part in a wide range of activities and projects. They can also be a place for young people to get advice and information on any issues affecting them. Find out about your local Surrey Heath Youth centres and the activities they provide.

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Post Natal Illness

Association of Post Natal Illness
Offers advice and support to women suffering from postnatal depression. This support can include putting you in contact with other women who have previously suffered from postnatal depression
Click here to view Association of Post Natal Illness

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Action on Pre-Eclampsia (APEC)
Aims to raise public and professional awareness of pre-eclampsia, improve care and ease or prevent physical and emotional suffering caused by the condition
Click here to view Action on Pre-Eclampsia (APEC)

National Childbirth Trust
Offering support in childbirth, pregnancy & early parenthood.
Click here to view National Childbirth Trust

TAMBA - Twin & Multiple Births Association
Offers support and information to anyone expecting or caring for twins, triplets or more. Their services include Twinline, a confidential helpline staffed by trained volunteers who are parents of multiples.
Click here to view TAMBA - Twin & Multiple Births Association

Which? Birth Choice UK
Aimed at pregnant women to help them choose where to give birth. This could mean choosing a hospital, a birth centre, midwifery-led unit or a home birth.
Click here to view Which? Birth Choice UK

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Smoking Cessation

Giving Up Smoking
Giving up smoking requires preparation, determination, and support. And this site is here to help you with each of these. If you're thinking about giving up, have a look in
Click here to view Giving Up Smoking

NHS Smokefree
Get your free quitting support now!

Millions have used Smokefree to help them stop smoking. Sign up today for free, proven support - choose from email, Quit Kit, app and SMS.

Click here to view NHS Smokefree

Quit Smoking UK
The UK's online community for quitting smokers by quitting smokers
Click here to view Quit Smoking UK

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Special Needs

Additional Needs
Provides information, activities and resources for teachers, pupils, parents and others who have an interest in additional needs
Click here to view Additional Needs

Afasic is the UK charity representing children and young adults with communication impairments, working for their inclusion in society and supporting their parents and carers
Click here to view AFASIC

Autism Independent UK
The Society exists to increase awareness of autism, together with well established and newly developed approaches in the diagnosis, assessment, education and treatment. The main goal is to improve the quality of life for persons with Autism.
Click here to view Autism Independent UK

Contact a Family
UK charity helping children with special needs &/or disabilities
Click here to view Contact a Family

Deaf Parenting Project
Set up to improve information and resources for deaf and hard of hearing parents. They also run a thriving Deaf parenting email group that you can join through the web site
Click here to view Deaf Parenting Project

Disabled Parents Network
Run by disabled parents, their allies and family members, disabled people who would like to be parents in the future and others who are already grandparents. They offer a telephone helpline, a support network across the country and a quarterly newsletter for members.
Click here to view Disabled Parents Network

The national educational charity for children with speech and language difficulties.
Click here to view I CAN

National charity for children and adults who are both deaf and blind
Click here to view Sense

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