There are lots of community groups in the local area. The information we share below is far from an exhaustive list, but we have tried to signpost you to as many sources of support as possible. If you think there is something we’ve missed, please do let us know – you can email us via or get in touch via the MVP Facebook page.

Speak to your midwife, health visitor or GP, or look on noticeboard or for leaflets at your local child health clinic, health centre, GP’s waiting room, children’s centre, library, advice centre, supermarket or newsagent.

You can also find lots of local information and support via the following directories, just do a postcode search:

  • The Glosfamilies Directory offer a wide range of information to support families, children and young people. This includes information on parent and baby groups, finding and choosing childcare, activities for families
  • YourCircle is a directory to help you find your way around health and care and connect with people, places and activities in Gloucestershire.


Home-Start Gloucestershire are affiliated with the national Home-Start charity. Trained volunteers support families with individual one to one home-visiting, as well as a wide range of targeted support groups for parents which include postnatal, antenatal and perinatal.

Find out more about the organisation closest to you:

Home-Start Stroud District and Gloucester

Home-Start Cotswold

Home-Start North and West Glos (includes Tewkesbury, Forest of Dean and Cheltenham)

S.H.E.D (Support and Help for Every Dad)

S.H.E.D is a local support group for Dad’s who have experience of the Neonatal Unit in Gloucestershire. For more information please visit the S.H.E.D Facebook page.

In the past 10 years, approximately 5,000 fathers have had a child on Gloucestershire Royal’s Neonatal Unit. Here are some of their stories.


The NHS App library also has a number of pregnancy and baby apps which you may find useful, including social apps to help you meet other parents in your area.

There is also Mush, an app which was created by two mums to help other mums find friends who live nearby with kids the same age for meetups, advice and chat groups. Download the MUSH app here.