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. Click here for details:  GROUP-START TIMETABLE 2017-2018

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. For more information about Best Start Groups click here.

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?

For more information about Bump Start Groups click here.

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.  For more information about Mothers in Mind Groups click here.

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.   For more information about the Forest Green Family Fun Groups click here.

For further queries on any of our groups please contact the Group-Start office on:    01453 821085   or email us via the Contact us page.

To make a referral to our groups please download and complete a referral form here: Referral Form

Referrals can be sent to us by post or securely  emailed via egress.



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