Being a parent, grandparent or carer is an incredible joy but it also brings with it many challenges. At Portishead Parent we understand just how hard raising kids can be, which is why we’re constantly adding to this directory of support services designed especially for you.

New Parent Support

Mamma Knows – Birth Doula & Postnatal Doula

Antenatal Education – Birth Support – Postnatal Support – Practical Support at HomeAt each new stage of parenthood it’s normal to feel overwhelmed at times. Reaching out for some additional support at these times can make a huge difference, & help you get back on track. As a doula I’m in a great position to be able to offer both emotional & informational support, alongside practical support for you in your home. Take a little look at my website or book a call with me. 


Mamma Knows – Birth Doula & Postnatal Doula

Prepare to Breastfeed – Let’s Talk About Infant Feeding – Breastfeeding Support – Support at Home or OnlineMaybe you’re ‘all in’ about breastfeeding, maybe you’re unsure how it will work for you, or you have some burning questions you need answers to. Let’s get together to help you feel more prepared, get your questions answered & support you along your own infant feeding journey. Take a little look at my website or book a call with me. 

 Breastfeeding in North Somerset – Facebook Page

This page is for finding useful local information and resources about Breastfeeding. We will also share handy hints & tips on Breastfeeding when out & about including North Somerset Breastfeeding Venues and forthcoming Breastfeeding Meet-ups and Events. It’s the point of contact to find out about Breasteeding support across North Somerset.Breastfeeding in North Somerset – Facebook Page and Website

Cafe Mamma Portishead

A weekly drop in cafe for breastfeeding mums, run by peer supporters (volunteer mums trained in breastfeeding support). Hosted at Portishead Children’s Centre, West Hill, every Tuesday from 10-11.30am. Search for ‘Cafe Mamma Portishead’ to join our closed Facebook group. Call our helpline: 07816 366 370 (Monday to Friday, 10am-3pm and 7-9pm). We also have a Cafe Mamma running in Backwell & there are other drop in groups running across North Somerset (see Breastfeeding in North Somerset to find a full list of all locations & times)   


This website was developed to provide evidence-based information on breastfeeding and parenting through articles that are designed to be helpful and encouraging. Kelly is the mother of three lovely children, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)  

Educational Needs, Behaviour Support & Disability Support


A national charity for families with disabled children, providing information, advice and support. We bring families together so they can support each other, and campaign to improve their circumstances, and for their right to be included and equal in   

 North Somerset Parent Carers

Parent carer forum for North Somerset, giving a voice to parents of children with disabilities and special educational needs.North Somerset Parent Carers (Facebook)  

 North Somerset Parent Carers Working Together

Voluntary organisation helping to shape services in North Somerset for children and young people up to 25 years with additional or special needs.North Somerset Parent Carers Working Together (Facebook)  

 Supportive Parents

A charity providing information, advice and support about any type of special educational need or disability. We work with parents, children and young people aged from 0-25 years who live in Bristol, North Somerset or South  

 The National Autistic Society – North Somerset Branch

Our monthly meetings are held at Portishead Children’s Centre, West Hill, from 10-12 and are aimed at parents and carers of children with autism. No diagnosis is necessary to attend the group and you are welcome to come with or without children. Contact us for the next group date. charity providing information, advice and support about any type of special educational need or disability. [email protected] (email)

Dyslexia Portishead

Domestic Abuse

Gemini Services

Does your partner or a family member put you down or control your movements? Do they ever frighten you? If your answer is yes, there is help available. Contact Gemini Services for information on local support for both men and women, as well as local meetings where women can share experiences in a friendly and non-judgemental   

Mental Health & Counselling

 Mothers for Mothers

We are a group of mothers, most of whom have suffered postnatal depression or distress after the birth of one or more of our babies. We offer support, advice, information and most of all a listening ear for any worries or concerns you may have. Call: 0117

 Mums in Mind

Mums in Mind is a group provided by Home-Start. It’s a peer to peer support group for mums with babies under one who are experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety and/or isolation. We run sessions in 8 week blocks in different locations around North Somerset where mums are supported by a Home-Start worker and trained volunteers to enjoy tea, flapjacks and supportive chat alongside mindful craft and self care activities for mum.  Our volunteers run a baby play area alongside this and in the same

 VitaMinds (replaces the Positive Step service)

VitaMinds offer a variety of short-term psychological therapies for conditions such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder throughout North Somerset. You can be referred by your health professional & you can also refer

 North Somerset Wellbeing Service

The North Somerset Wellbeing Service works alongside people with mental health problems. Using Wellbeing College style activities and techniques, the service offers motivation and support to help people take a step forward in their recovery journey. You can be referred by your health professional & you can also refer yourself. Sessions are currently being run in Clevedon, Nailsea & Weston-super-Mare (coming soon to Portishead)

Core Psychotherapy – Post natal depression, anxiety & other areas
OK Talk Counselling – specialising in children & young people

Finance & Food Bank

Credit Union

Somerset Savings and Loans is a community owned, not-for-profit financial co-operative offering a truly local alternative to traditional banking and credit institutions. Launched in 2004 we now have over 2,000 members and continue to grow strongly. Members’ savings total £2.2m, of which £1.1m is out on loan in our local

Food Bank

Emergency food for local people in crisis. Portishead distribution point: Gordano Valley Church Office, 4 Coombe Road,  or call 07379 891130

& also the Pill Food Bank or call 01275 813907 or 07827 032219


Miscarriage & Bereavement

 Miscarriage Association

Miscarriage can be a very unhappy, frightening and lonely experience. If you have been affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy, we hope to provide you with information and support to help you


Sands supports anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth. We offer emotional support and information for parents, grandparents, siblings, children, families and friends, health professionals and

 The Ben Pritchard Foundation

Ben was just 8 years old when he died from a rare and very aggressive brain tumour called DIPG. Prior to his diagnosis he was a fit, healthy and happy young boy who loved football, both playing for his local team and watching Bristol City FC. In the weeks following Ben’s death, rather than being bombarded by help from professionals, Shane and Sarah, Ben’s parents, noted there was a huge gap in the market for reliable, ongoing support. Even less for bereaved siblings and nothing for other family members; grandparents, aunts and uncles. This is why they set up The Benjamin Pritchard Foundation – Be More Ben in June 2018. Be More Ben provides parents and families affected by the death of a child with networking opportunities, days out and activities and offers ongoing support services such as talking and complimentary therapies.

Be More Ben

Nutrition & Weaning

 First Steps Nutrition Trust

We care passionately about the need for better information and support for good nutrition and good food from pre-conception to five years. First Steps Nutrition Trust is a virtualorganisation with no offices or full-time staff. All those who work for First Steps do so on a part-time and freelance basis to fit in with other work

Gill Rapley Weaning

This website is a great place to start when it comes to parenting and baby-led weaning. As well as access to books and leaflets and the opportunity to contact Gill directly, there are suggestions for where you can learn more about the

Single Parents


We provide expert advice, practical support and campaign on behalf of single parents.


Baby Sleep Information Source

The aim of Basis (the Baby Sleep Information Source) is to provide online access to up-to-date research based evidence about biologically normal infant sleep, in forms that are accessible to parents and health practitioners, supported by references to research relevant to families in the UK. We conceptualise ‘biologically normal infant sleep’ as being the sleep of babies who are exclusively or predominantly breastfed to at least 6 months of age and cared for in a responsive manner. We do not consider sleep training methods that require leaving babies alone for sleep in the first year of life to be biologically


Care for the Family

A national charity that aims to promote strong family life and to help those who face family difficulties.

Essential Parent

One of the world’s leading resources for expert-led parenting advice. Our mission is to make sure that every parent has free access to the best information available. Our courses are put together by experts following the advice of medical institutions such as the RCPCH, the NCT, UNICEF UK, Baby Friendly Initiative, The St John Ambulance, The Child Accident Prevention Trust, The Meningitis Research Foundation, The National Literacy Trust and many more.

Family Lives

Family Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. We know that many people play active roles in raising children, from dads and mums, grandparents, step-parents and non-resident parents. Our role is to support all of you to achieve the best relationship possible with the children that you care about. We believe that happy children come from happy families and currently support families to improve the outcomes for over 1 million children each year.

Home-Start UK

Home-Start North Somerset offers free, confidential support, friendship and practical help to parents in North Somerset.


Childbirth and parenting charity providing information on pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and parenthood.