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Food Banks

If you need help with food, local food banks include: Gathering Place/Winter Shelter, Halifax St Augustine’s Centre, Halifax Halifax Homeless and Community Kitchen, Halifax North Halifax Food Bank Elland Food Bank        Brighouse Food Bank Todmorden Food Bank                  …

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Weaning Support Group (Children’s Centres)

First Wednesday of the month at Boothtown Children’s Centre. 11am-12pm. First Friday of the month at Jubilee Children’s Centre. 11.30am-12.30pm. No need to book, just drop in!

Breastfeeding Support Groups (Children’s Centres)

Relaxed and informal advice and support from the health visiting team. No appointment necessary. Mondays: Breastfeeding Friends Group, Wellholme Children’s Centre, 10-11.30am Thursdays:  Breastfeeding Group, Todmorden Children’s Centre, 10-11.30am

Well Baby Clinics

Drop-in well baby clinics across Calderdale, with Locala Calderdale Public Health Early Years’ Service. You can get your baby weighed and ask question about your children aged 0-5. No appointment necessary. Mondays: Brig Royd (GP practice, HX6 4BN), Ripponden. 1.30-3.30pm. Valley Medical Centre (GP Practice, HX7 7BZ), Hebden Bridge, 9.30-11am (every first Monday of the…

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Boothtown Children’s Centre – Breastfeeding Group

Friendly and supportive group for breastfeeding mums and their families. Held in a relaxed setting, it’s hosted by peer supporters and there are activities provided for older siblings. Free tea and coffee! For more information, contact the Children’s Centre on 01422 250365 or ask your health visitor or midwife. Mondays, 1.30-3pm. Boothtown Children’s Centre, Rawson…

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Halifax Opportunities Trust Dads Group

Fun activities for babies, children and their dads, male carers, granddads, uncles or step dads. Meet-ups are the third Saturday of the month at Halifax Fire Station, Skircoat Moor Road, 10am-noon. For more information call 01422 434971 or 01706 399970.

Unique Ways

A parent-led charity supporting families with disabled children in Calderdale. Membership is free for families with children and young people with additional need. For information, help or support with individual issues, call 01422 343090.

Family Voice Calderdale

A forum for parents and carers of children and young people (from pre-school to 25) with additional needs in Calderdale. It meets monthly and hosts events, is part of decision-making groups and attends regional meetings of parent carer forums in Yorkshire and Humberside. For more information, call 01422 343 090.

Calderdale Families’ Information Service

Provides information, advice and guidance on parenting and family support services, childcare, early education and more. The service can also offer extra support to parents struggling to find the right sort of childcare. Northgate House, Halifax. 01422 253 053.

Free School Uniforms – YMCA

Free school uniforms, PE kits, coats and shoes, with all ages available. Pop along to Halifax YMCA to see what there is. To donate unwanted school uniform items, pleas take them to Halifax YMCA, 13 Crossley Street. 01422 353626.

Overgate Hospice Little Stars

Charity shop in support of Overgate Hospice, selling pre-loved children’s clothes, equipment,toys and more. Overgate Hospice Little Stars, 43A Southgate, Elland. 01422 374253.

SafeSpace – Weekend Support for Adults

Out-of-hours weekend support for adults in Calderdale – a place of safety for people experiencing mental distress or approaching crisis. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6pm until Contact via Facebook or call 01422 345154 or text 07388 990227. Lines open at 6pm and the last appointment time is 11pm. The team will take some…

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Yorkshire Children’s Trust Charity Shop

High quality, low cost clothing, toys and safety equipment for children and babies. Funds raised help support Yorkshire Children’s Trust’s work with sick and disabled children. Open Monday-Fridays 9.30am-4.40pm and Saturdays 9.30am-1.30pm. 70 Commercial Street, Halifax

Evolve Psychology

Evolve Psychology is an independent psychology and neurodevelopmental practice. Evolve offers Emotional Well-being, Autism, ADHD, child, family and adult assessments. Based in Harrogate, we provide families and individuals with full assessments as recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence. Our emotional and wellbeing specialism also helps clients (children and adults) by undertaking assessments for a…

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Charity providing mums, dads and their babies with clothing, bedding and other essentials, working on referrals made from healthcare practitioners and parent support agencies. Mothershare also sells baby equipment at affordable prices to raise funds for the service. Mothershare, Nursery Lane, Halifax. 07561 443767.    

Family Support Drop In

Family support drop in at Field Lane Children’s Centre. Mondays, 9-11am. No need to book. Phone 01484 386621. Family Support Drop In. Fridays, 9.30am-11.30am. No need to book. Elland Children’s Centre, 01422 266197.

Children’s Centres

Upper and Central Calderdale Children’s Centres: Siddal Children’s Centre – Backhold Lane, Halifax. 01422 395501 Southowram Children’s Centre – Withinfields, Southowram. 01422 395501 Boothtown Children’s Centre – Rawson Street North. 01422 250365 New Road Children’s Centre – Sowerby Bridge. 01422 835614 Jubilee Children’s Centre – Lightowler Road, Halifax. 01422 342552 Little Stars at Parkinson Lane…

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Calderdale Staying Safe – Domestic Abuse Support

Free and confidential help and support for ANYONE aged 16 and over who lives in Calderdale and has been affected by domestic abuse. Support is also available for children aged 5 years and over. Our skilled workers can offer you: Practical and emotional support Help to explore your options and make the right choices for…

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Baby & Child Emergency First Aid

Three-hour course for parents, family members and anyone else caring for babies and young children. Covering all the basic first aid knowledge to keep children safe in your care, including resuscitation, choking, poisoning, meningitis and burns and scalds. Babies and toddlers welcome, but please let us know. Baby & Child Emergency First Aid, KDA Training,…

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Postnatal Transitional Support – Bumps and Beginnings

Packages include birth debriefing, emotional support and companionship, peer support, basic baby care, basic domestic support and dog walking. Bumps and Beginnings Postnatal Transitional Support, Calderdale. Contact 07949 478867.

Aveta Home Birth Team

The Aveta Home Birth Team is a 24-hour team of dedicated home birth midwives, providing bespoke support for mums-to-be who want to have their babies at home. Aveta Home Birth Team, Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust. 07825 115367.

Halifax and Huddersfield Nappy Library

Thinking about using cloth nappies? Worried about making the transition from disposable to reusable? Halifax and Huddersfield Nappy Library is an advisory and support network to promote the use of cloth nappies, offering free, impartial advice and a loan service, letting you try before you buy. 30 minute nappy demonstrations, comparing different styles of real…

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La Leche League

Friendly and effective mum-to-mum support for breastfeeding. You don’t have to be having problems to attend the monthly meetings – although they always get priority – bring your triumphs too and help support other mums! Come if you’re pregnant or preparing for motherhood, a new mum, an experienced mum or a mum’s support person. Older…

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Breastfeeding Workshop for Parents-To-Be

For all pregnant women under the care of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Maternity Services. This free two hour workshop focuses on breastfeeding as the optimum way of feeding a baby. The session aims to help parents and babies to get breastfeeding off to the best possible start. Partners are most welcome, please book them a…

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Baby Cafe – Calderdale Breastfeeding Peer Support

Calderdale Breastfeeding Peer Support can offer breastfeeding advice and support at Halifax Baby Café, every Thursday between 1-3pm. You can get help and advice on anything from pain to the most comfortable holds and reflux, have your baby checked for tongue tie and have them weighed. I’ve been myself and it was incredibly reassuring and…

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Calderdale Breastfeeding Support Network

Mums who are breastfeeding may, at times, need some extra help and support and that is where the Calderdale Breastfeeding Support Network can help. The network is made up of women who have breastfed their own children and who work as volunteers alongside other health professionals to offer support to breastfeeding mums. All Peer Supporters…

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Halifax Sling Library Drop-In

The Halifax Sling Library is held every Tuesday at Play Palace, Halifax. Come and learn about optimal infant positioning, general sling safety and different carrier pros and cons. You can try on or hire slings from newborn to pre-schooler. 10am-11am, Bump to Baby Workshop: Devoted to the needs of parents and carers with babies under…

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Family Support Drop-In – Southowram

Support session running alongside a Stay and Play group. A Family Support Worker will be available for informal advice on issues such as parenting, personal issues, emotional support, housing, benefits and financial advice. Tuesdays, 9am – 10.30am, term time only. Southowram Surestart Centre, Withinfields, Southowram. 01422 395501.

Brighouse Dyslexia Centre

Supporting children and adults with the assessment of dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia and dysgraphia. Offers services to individuals, educational establishments, businesses and organisations. Also offers tuition and services for schools. Brighouse Dyslexia Centre, Woodhouse Lane, Brighouse. 07971 105743.

Family Support Advice Session

Meet an experienced Family Support Worker for support, advice, information and ideas in all aspects of parenting. By appointment only. Central Street School, Fridays, 12.30pm – 1.45pm.