Help for young parents in Yeovil

Reckleford Children’s Centre is launching new events and learning sessions for young parents in the Yeovil area.

The events and learning sessions are a chance for young parents with babies on the way or parents who have young children to socialise with other mums and dads and learn key parenting skills.

Organised by the Somerset County Council getset service in partnerships with Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Health Visitors and Yeovil District Hospital’s Midwives, the sessions are open to all young parents up to 20 years old.

The first session will take place on Tuesday 19 January 2016 between 11am to 12.30pm and is a chance for young parents to find out more information and meet the team. This will take place at Reckleford Children’s Centre and a free lunch will be provided.

The regular sessions will take place on:
Tuesdays 11am to 12.30pm – Stay, Play and Learn session for young parents.
This is an opportunity to speak to staff about play activities and parenting skills. A Health Visitor will be on hand with a ‘Well Baby Clinic’ and advice is available on housing, benefits and training. This session is followed by a free lunch.

Tuesdays 2-4pm – Mellow Bumps session. A 6 week ante-natal programme which focuses on relationships, bonding, attachment and relaxation.

Tuesdays 2-4pm – young people have the opportunity to gain qualifications or learn new skills. They will have access to laptops and online training courses as well as free trainers. Regular speakers will be invited to the sessions to offer advice on home safety, dental health and apprenticeship opportunities.

Wednesdays 4-6pm – Midwives will be running an ante-natal group in the evenings. These sessions will be fun and interactive and include belly painting, labour and pain relief, birthing plans and bonding with your baby.

All the sessions are free and fun to attend and open to both mums and dads.

Some parents have attended similar events, they said:
“It’s nice to get out of the house, I have met new friends and it is a really relaxed atmosphere”

“It’s free and so much fun for my baby and I, we are not judged and the staff are very friendly”

“I’ve been to other places, but here there are no cliques, there is something new to do every week”

“We get messy together, we sing together and have a laugh together, it’s a safe, fun place for my child to come to”.
To find out more come along to the information session on Tuesday 19 January or call 01935 475938.