Help with parenting

Family Information Services

Your local Family Information Service (FIS) can provide information on a wide range of family services including childcare, family support and activities in your area

Children’s Centres

Every family with children up to the age of 5, and parents-to-be, can take part in activities, meet people and make friends at their local Children’s Centre. They may offer play sessions, advice, support and learning for parents and carers, child and family health services, and support for young parents. Ask your midwife or health visitor for more information or get in touch with your local Children’s Centre directly.

Your Local Authority

Can help you find housing during your pregnancy. Some local authorities provide specialised accommodation where young mothers can live independently while getting support and advice from trained workers.

Family Lives – Family and parenting support

Formerly Parentline Plus. The free and confidential helpline give information, advice, guidance and support on any aspect of parenting and family life, including bullying. Call the helpline on 0808 800 2222 between 9am to 9pm (Monday to Friday) and 10am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday.   Visit


Provides information and advice to single parent families.  Visit or call the free helpline on 0808 802 0925


Is a great website for information about all aspects of parenting. Visit

Tommy’s Charity

Information for parents to be. Visit

Help for younger mums

Care to Learn

Can help with childcare costs for young mothers in education. Call 0800 121 8989, visit or email

Castlegate for Young People

Offers counselling services; support & information on housing, benefits, sexual health and job searching & CV writing for those 16 to 25 years who live in York. They offer free condoms, pregnancy testing, chlamydia screening, and support for teen parents. All services are free and confidential. They are based at 29 Castlegate, York YO1 9RN. Phone: 01904 555400 for opening times or visit

The North Yorkshire Youth Support Services

Has lots of information about problems affecting teenagers, and different support services in the North Yorkshire area. Visit

Young Mums to Be

Information for young parents to learn about parenting and to find out how to undertake parenting courses. Visit


Website offering advice to young parents. Visit

Last updated 04 June 2015.  Version 1.5