Support groups directory for professionals
If you are a professional worker and you support children or young people in Plymouth, then you may find the following support group links and resources useful.
Better Futures was founded over 30 years ago and is a service for adults age 18+ with a learning disability and or autism.
We provide support, information and advice on day to day issues and help individuals to develop the skills to further independence through a range of groups, workshops and activities.
Our friendly social hub provides a safe place where individuals can meet up, make friends, use computers and chat to staff and volunteers, thereby preventing isolation and improving their general well-being.
Better Futures actively supports members to consider a healthier lifestyle and provides guidance on healthy eating, weight, exercise, and awareness sessions on health and staying safe.
Support is also provided with letters, bills and form filling and we can support individuals to find work and volunteering opportunities.
Improving Lives Plymouth, 156 Mannamead Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL3 5QL
01752 776775 or 07305 065521
Helps you to understand your child's emotional needs and behaviours, with activities taking place throughout the year.
Want to learn more about healthy eating? Dealing with fussy eating? Then this 6 week rolling programme could be for you.
Our drop-in sessions run fortnightly throughout the year for 2 hours, offering parents an opportunity to meet with others in a safe, confidential environment to share ideas and concerns and gain emotional support. Alongside the support group there is also an opportunity to meet with a member of the team one to one in a private space.
The Freedom Programme is a free information giving programme about domestic abuse that runs for 11-12 weeks. The Freedom Programme examines the roles played by attitudes and beliefs on the actions of abusive men and the responses of victims and survivors. The aim is to help them to make sense of and understand what has happened to them, instead of the whole experience just feeling like a horrible mess.
Great Expectations is a 4 week antenatal programme. A place for mums, partners, friends and family wanting some useful tips, guidance and advice to prepare for the birth of their baby, whether this is their first baby or not. The programme covers everything that you need to know throughout al the stages of your pregnancy and birth.
Incredible Years is an internationally recognised Parenting Programme that has been shown to work in Plymouth for a wide range of families. The Incredible Years programme is divided into various age groups and designed for parents of babies, toddlers, pre-school and primary school age children. Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND offer Incredible Years parenting courses at various venues across the city for the young people from 0 to 12 years old.
Latch On group supports you through the early days of breast feeding.
Action for Children, Sure Start Community Room, Rear of Ham Drive Nursery
For parents or carers of a child with a disability or waiting a diagnosis aged 0-5. Come along to our welcoming parent support group; meet other parents and carers, gain some information and advice, or come along for a cup of tea or coffee and relax.
A group for parents run by parents. This group prides itself on making sure all new parents are made to feel welcome and included from day one.
The REAL man course raises awareness and seeks to liberate men from these social precepts and to explore ways of promoting positive and meaningful relationships for men with both their children and partners. The aim is to promote ways of encouraging men in nurturing + bonding with their children and being the positive role model, their children need and deserve. Simultaneously it will look to support men in being a respectful and considerate partner -or ex-partner in the case of separated families.
This programme develops skills to help you build a positive relationship with your child.
A course for mums and dads who find it difficult, sometimes, to manage their children's behaviour. The course was developed to support parents of 'at risk' or 'vulnerable' young people (aged between 10 and 18), and whose challenging behaviour is causing problems for their parents and/or in the community.
The group is designed specifically for young parents (under 25) and offers a space to feel valued and positive about becoming parents. We offer a safe, non-judgemental space, in our Youth and Community Centre in Southway.
Community Café, Southway Youth & Community Centre, Hendwell Close, PL6 6TB
Various groups that include Baby First Aid, Baby Pathway, Service Families Group, Step by Step and Twins Group to name just a few.
Various groups that include Baby Buds, Caterpillars, Welcome to the World, Latch On, Little Squirrels, Paediatric First Aid Awareness and Step by Step to name just a few.
4 Me & My Friends is a youth group aimed primarily at young people with young people on the autistic spectrum, aged 10 to 25 years of age.
The group also works with young people with global delay syndrome, sensory processing disorder, Asperger's, ADHD, OCD, generalised anxiety disorder, attachment disorder, and Swan (syndrome without a name). We are now much more than just a group for autism. The project offers young people the opportunity to have fun, have a voice, learn new skills and make new friends.
A young person can join the group after making contact with us, which can be initiated by their school, the young person, their parents, a doctor, or any other service. We are a closed group, so people can't just walk in off the streets.
Efford Youth Centre, Blandford Road, PL3 6HU
Young Carers do lots to help someone in their family. You may help a parent to get up, to get washed and dressed, or to get around in a wheelchair. You may have to do lots of household chores like shopping, cleaning, cooking, and maybe looking after younger brothers and sisters too.
The Fun and Freedom Club can offer you:
- Lots of fun with weekend clubs, days out, trips away, activities
- A chance to make new friends in a similar situation to you
- Someone who will listen when you need it, who is on your side
- Information and advice for the whole family
We organise all sorts of activities and trips, such as Dartmoor Zoo Rangers, bowling, theme parks, tobogganing, skiing, abseiling, gorge walking, pottery, horse riding, water sports and activity weekends.
Out Youth is a youth group designed specifically for young people ranging from age 11-25 years of age who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or trans.
We operate weekly from a city centre location, offering two back-to-back groups depending on age. Young people are able to meet with their friends, make new friends, and socialise in a comfortable, inclusive space with the freedom to identify without judgement or discrimination.
Staffed by qualified youth workers and volunteers, young people have the opportunity to seek information and advice, and support as required. We provide a rotation of activities, for example, art, craft, board games, cookery, sports and opportunities for young people to influence and participate in wider projects and consultations.
Frederick Street Centre, Frederick Street West, Stonehouse, PL1 5JW
07774 336 616
The Respect Young People's Programme (RYPP) is a programme for families where children or young people aged between 10 and 17 are abusive or violent towards the people close to them, particularly their parents or carers.
The RYPP practitioners provide support, insight, and simple solutions to help improve family relationships via weekly structured sessions, which take about 3 months to complete, and longer where there are barriers to engagement.
Plymouth Young Carers Project is a part of Time 4 U. A young carer is an individual child or young person under the age of 18, who provides unpaid help and support on a regular basis to a family member, friend or relative. They may provide practical help, care, and physical or emotional support to a person who is vulnerable for a wide variety of reasons, whether through age, physical or mental illness, disability, or other issues such as substance misuse.
A young carer becomes vulnerable when the level of care giving and responsibility for the person in need of care becomes excessive or inappropriate for that child, risking impacting on his or her emotional or physical wellbeing, educational achievement, and life chances.
The Young Carers Group is a citywide project providing youth sessions for all young carers aged from 8 years old up to 19 years of age. The overall aim of the project is to give young carers a break, meet up with other carers, and have opportunities to engage in positive fun activities and feel supported.
The Young Parents Support Group is designed specifically for young parents (under 25) and offers a space to feel valued and positive about becoming parents. We offer a safe, non-judgemental space in our Youth and Community Centre in Southway.
Community Café, Southway Youth and Community Centre, Hendwell Close, PL6 6TB
Youth Adventures is a group for young people aged 14-25 with a disability to socialise with other young people in a safe environment, promoting independence and fun! You may want to gain confidence in going out with a group of people or to gain some new life skills as you get a bit older.
We offer a range of activities, including drop-in youth nights, visits to sports matches, day trips, workshops, and so much more. It is an opportunity to make friends, learn skills, and try something new!
Joining Youth Adventures is free and all of our activities are heavily subsidised.
- Directory of services for professionals supporting children, young people and their families
- Early years and education
- Parenting and behavioural support
- Mental health support
- Physical health support
- Money and housing support
- Relationship support
- Support group support
- Targeted support
- Work and benefit support
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