Group Start

Welcome to Group Start

Group Start runs Home-Start groups at different locations and at different times over 6 weeks throughout the Stroud District & Quedgeley.

Group Start groups comprise of:

Best Start which is a postnatal programme offering postnatal support for parents with babies up to approximately 6/7 months old.  The aim of the group is to aid maternal mental health and promote networking and peer support.  The 6 week programme will be made up of First Aid, Sleep, Baby Massage, Early Communication, Weaning, Oral Health and Play ideas.

Bump Start which is a antenatal programme for parents expecting a baby from gestation, 28 weeks onwards. The aim of the group is to encourage parents so that they feel supported, listened to and prepared for the new babies. The 6 week programme will be made up of sessions on:

  • How babies develop
  • Taking care of Oursleves
  • Caring for my/our baby
  • Changes for me/us
  • Giving birth
  • Who is there for us?

Mothers in Mind which is a drop in group supporting perinatal mental health in mothers, that is, for anyone suffering from depression, low mood , anxiety and or isolation.   The 6 week drop in group for mothers and children offers support with positive bonding and attachment in a nurturing and non-judgmental space.  Child friendly sessions may include: arts & craft, Healthy body/healthy mind, relaxation techniques, peer support.

Forest Green Family Fun which is a FREE drop in group held at the Arkell Community Centre, Forest Green, Nailsworth every Wednesday and Friday 10am to 11.30am term time only.  Activities include craft & messy play, outside play, dressing up.  Free snacks and refreshments are available.  This group offers parents and children the chance to meet others.


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