Stockton Perinatal Support Service
Stockton Perinatal Support Service: Improving Wellbeing and Attachment
We provide emotional support to families where a parent is struggling with their emotional health or well-being during pregnancy and the first 2 years after birth. The Perinatal Support Service is for parents who have, or are at significant risk of developing, mild to moderate mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression.
We provide support to parents by providing a Perinatal Coordinator, Support Worker or trained volunteer ‘peer supporter’ who can offer emotional support and help to access services in your local community. We can support parents throughout pregnancy and up until their baby’s second birthday.
We support families according to their needs and situation. We listen to individual family needs and provide emotional and practical support to improve outcomes for the whole family. This is undertaken via one to one support, therapeutic playgroups, the HENRY programme, access to Family Hubs and other specialist services and Family Hubs.
The service provided the majority of support within the home however staff and volunteers may also accompany families to group sessions at local venues or meet with parents outside the home if isolation is an issue to help them access support services and Family Hubs. Support is tailored according to families’ needs.
We also offer group work, commencing September 2021. Our therapeutically based group helps parents to discover the benefits play can have on their baby’s development. The group supports parents to connect and bond with their baby through fun games and interaction using the practices and principles of Theraplay.
We also co-deliver the Henry programme alongside the Stockton-On-Tees Family Hubs and Harrogate and District Foundation Trust. The HENRY programme supports families to provide the best possible start in life for babies and children. Recognising that what happens in childhood has lifelong effects on our health and wellbeing. The HENRY programme is free to join and helps you give your child the best possible start in life.
Pregnant women or parents of children up to the age of 2; identified as potentially benefiting from this service can be referred by their midwife, doctor, health visitor, or Family Hub. Families can also find out about accessing the service directly by contacting Family Action on Stockton.Perinatal@family-action.org.uk.
Family Action has a range of volunteering opportunities available in Stockton-On-Tees. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or would be interested in supporting the service in another way please email the service on Stockton.Perinatal@family-action.org.uk.
Family Action: Stockton Perinatal Support Service
Redhill Family Hub – First Floor
Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm (with additional flexibility as required)