Support and Services Scarborough & Whitby

Helplines & Support

Thursdays 1.30pm – 3pm


Join us for a fun filled morning!

🟡 Socialise with other parents/careers
🟡 Singing & Music
🟡 Reading Materials
🟡 Crafts for Tots & Parents
🟡 Lots of sensory play for the Babies
🟡 Toys for Babies & Tots
🟡 Bumps Welcome to meet other mums, take part in the activities, create crafts, or just have a cuppa & relax
🟡 Plus free information packs, full of information, guidance and local resources!

07476 768866


We believe support needs to be accessible for everyone, we provide FREE support to parents through workshops & groups. We aim to help you feel informed, confident & empowered through your parenting journey. We are here to support you from pregnancy & beyond.

We run a weekly social group, where parents can access free infant feeding and babywearing support. Medical grade infant weighing scales are also available to use during this session. The social group is every Friday 10am-12pm at The Hive, Whitby. Booking is essential. 

Monthly Workshops

  • Hypnobirthing – run by Hypnobirthing Teacher Sophie.
  • Antenatal Breastfeeding – run by IBCLC Lactation Consultant Ilayda
  • Newborn Babywearing – run by Babywearing Consultant Laura
  • Introducing Solids – run by IBCLC Lactation Consultant Ilayda
  • Older Baby Babywearing – run by Babywearing Consultant Laura

Contact us for more information & to book your space.

Instagram – @feedingandslingswhitby

Facebook – Feeding and Sling Support Whitby 

Email –

Fostering North Yorkshire needs you!

We want to hear from people who could make a difference to the lives of children and young people across the county.

Fostering North Yorkshire is your local fostering service, and we’ve been supporting families across the county for over 35 years. We’re part of North Yorkshire County Council and our foster carers look after over 300 children a year. The foster carers come from a wide range of backgrounds and family make-up, but what they all have in common is their desire to provide a secure and welcoming home for some of the county’s most vulnerable children.

In return we offer the best training available and competitive financial packages with generous tax free allowances for each child or young person you foster. And we’re there whenever you need us, 24/7, 365 days a year.

Contact us at Fostering North Yorkshire

01609 534654
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Helplines in Scarborough

The NetReach Project offers free and non-judgmental support to anyone (16+) who is at risk of or who has experienced online harms or tech abuse, including intimate image abuse, cyberstalking, online exploitation and grooming, online harassment, and cyberbullying. We also undertake online outreach work and offer support to individuals who advertise sexual services/sell sexual content online.


The team offer a range of support from brief guidance and advice to ongoing 1-1 interventions including:

  • Specialist online safety advice and guidance
  • Harm minimisation advice and safety planning
  • Support with the removal of images/videos/harmful content
  • Help to remove spyware from devices
  • Sexual health resources
  • Support to report
  • Help accessing local referral pathways (such as mental health, support groups and recovery services)
  • Emotional support and therapeutic interventions
  • Specialist support groups and drop-ins

Our service is person centered and can be accessed remotely via text/call/email/video call or in person.

We provide support for individuals (16+) based anywhere in North or South Yorkshire. There are also NetReach workers based in Northumbria, Durham, Darlington, Liverpool, Wolverhampton and Walsall.


Open: Mon – Friday 9:00am – 17:00pm

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S.E.N.S.E.S in Scarborough

SENSES offers a small, supportive parent and toddler group for children with additional learning needs, speech and language difficulties, challenging behaviour, medical conditions or disabilities, and their families.

Qualified and experienced volunteers are on hand to work with each family, as well as encourage parent-to-parent support relationships.

Sessions run on Fridays during term time from 10 am – 12 pm at Oasis Family Centre on Castle Road, Scarborough

Tuesdays during term time from 10am – 12pm at Westway Open Arms, Eastfield 

Sessions are FREE and there is no need to book.

Further information can be found on:

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Scarborough Baby Bank

Scarborough Baby Bank has been set up by Victoria and Ali, a midwife and a childminder, in order to meet the growing needs of local families struggling with the rising costs of living.

They will be glad to accept donations of new and good quality second-hand items for babies and toddlers. These will be distributed locally in response to referrals from relevant agencies, including midwives, early years settings, health visitors, IDAS and self-referrals.


Independent charity with the sole purpose of providing and assisting in the provision of swimming facilities for people with disabilities and their family/carers.

Family Aquatic Activities – We have joined forces with the Williams Family Fund to be able to offer family activities in the small pool with low cost entry from £2.00.

01723 363600
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Sleep Support

Parents in Scarborough, Ryedale and Whitby can now access sleep support for their child, thanks to The Sleep Charity and funding from the North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Please contact Claire Earley on for more information.


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The Opportunity Centre

They offer a variety of support to build on your strengths by developing your skills, abilities and helping you overcome challenges.

The service is for adults 18+ who are unemployed parents or carers.

Call the office on 01723 373009 or Call/Text

Jeni Golder: 07973947812
Lucy Wilkins: 07730763989
Angeleen Padley: 07513132854

Regular events including arranging outdoor playdates and walks aimed at children and parents who love to get outside.

The Outdoor Mums Club Facebook Group

Provide activities, and support for families in the area

  • Regular under fives sessions, however they change from month to month to enable all our members to be able to attend at least one each month
  • The sensory room is always available but needs to be booked.
  • People who become members who have a child with hidden impairments the cost for membership is £10 per year per family, all the family members can take part in anything.
  • If people are not members and want to book out the sensory room the charge is £20 per session.

St. Hildas Hub
Waterstead Lane
YO21 1PF

01947 899685 / 07534117458

York & Scarborough Bumps 2 Babies is the Facebook and Instagram page of the maternity units and community teams of the York & Scarborough Teaching Hospital area.

The page aims to provide up to date information about the units, the teams as well as information about pregnancy, birth and newborns.

Ali Hay – Speech & Language Therapist

If you are concerned about your child’s speech sound development, please get in touch with me for some general advice or to arrange an assessment appointment.

Covering the Scarborough area.

07535 947226

Baby Drop In Clinic at Filey Childcare

Tuesday 9.15am – 10.15am

Friday 2pm – 3pm

Weekly Clinic to use our weighing scales, chat to a friendly member of staff and enjoy refreshments.

Any concerns can be directed to other services.

DROP IN – no need to book

Padbury Avenue, Filey 01723 516111

Breastfeeding helplines & websites

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: 0300 330 5453 [9.30am-9.30pm] Email

Breastfeeding Network Support line
Breastfeeding Network Supporterline: 0300 100 0210 [9.30am-9.30pm]

La Leche League
La Leche League: 0345 120 2918

National Breastfeeding Helpline
National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300 100 0212 [9.30am-9.30pm]

National Childbirth Trust (NCT)
National Childbirth Trust: 0300 330 0771 [8am-10pm]

Breastfeeding in Scarborough

HDFT Free Breastfeeding Groups

Scarborough Library, Fridays 9.30am-11am

For more information on the service, please see the Growing Healthy North Yorkshire 0-19 App

Health Visitor SPoC number 0300 303 0916



You can talk to us about anything. No problem is too big or too small.

Call us free on 0800 1111 or get in touch online. However you choose to contact us, you’re in control. It’s confidential and you don’t have to give your name if you don’t want to.

0800 1111

Childline website

Children and Families’ Service: Prevention

Here is a link with information with regards to what the prevention service is.

Families Information Service

County Hall
Telephone: 01609 533483
Mobile:Text “info” to 07624 802425


Gingerbread are a national charity that support single parents families across England.

We offer single parents:
Advice Line – offering expert up to date advice
Information – Regularly updated guidance and signposting on single parent life
Support forum – 24 hr chat with other single parents
Friendship groups – offer a chance for single parent families to get together, meet new people and share experiences.

Advice & support for single parents – Gingerbread

Get in touch if you would like to set up your own single parent group

Helen – 07399049702

Link Dyslexia

Specialist Assessments for Dyslexia, Dyspraxia & ADHD 

Remote (online) assessments for college and university students and for adults in the workplace. 
They will highlight strengths and challenges, and recommend reasonable adjustments including: 
Assistive Software 
Specialist Tuition or Coaching 
Exam access arrangements, such as extra time. 

Contact Sarah on 0737 555 1683

Little Victories

Little Victories is an online support group for people who are suffering with anxiety. We encourage you to celebrate your Little Victories and provide you with support, and a variety of resources.




Gives information about where children and young people can get support with a mental health problem.

Visit the Mind website HERE.

NSPCC Helpline

The NSPCC helpline provides help and support to thousands of parents, professionals and families.

NSPCC website.

Pandas Foundation

For further information on postnatal depression and speak to a friendly, non-judgmental ear. Visit
Call: 0843 28 98 401 Open 9am – 8pm 7 days a week

Peer Support Group for SCBU Scarborough

Peer support group for families who have had babies stay in SCBU Scarborough or have had premature babies in the local area.



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Ryedale Special Families

Ryedale Special Families
Supporting families of children and disabilities and special needs.
Ryedale Special Families, 121 Town Street, Old Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 7HD
General Enquiries:
Tel: 01653 699000


Sands is the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. We operate throughout the UK, supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby, working to improve the care bereaved parents receive, and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives.

Sands Helpline:

T: 0808 164 3332

Scarborough Pregnancy Crisis Centre

Scarborough Pregnancy Crisis Centre seeks to help those experiencing a crisis pregnancy. We offer a free pregnancy test and counselling, which is offered by volunteer counsellors, most of whom have experienced a crisis pregnancy themselves. The main focus is to allow the woman some listening space and time so she can really sort out for herself her best way forward, considering several options, and avoid making a quick decision which she may later regret. A male counsellor is also available if required. The Centre offers baby clothes and equipment to women who need it, and advice on support agencies in the locality. Post abortion counselling is also available. Support is also available for those who have experienced miscarriage or baby loss.

• Phone number 07544 484943
• Website
• Call the Rainbow Centre [500663] or simply call in, ask for Trish Kinsella, who will arrange an appointment.
• Auborough St, Scarborough YO11 1HT

Scarborough & Ryedale Young Carers

Youth groups and support for Carers

Contact The Young Carers Service on 01723 850155

Website HERE

School Closures

An up-to-date list of any school closures can be found online at

Seaside SaLT

Children’s Speech and Language Therapy in Scarborough, Filey, Whitby and Ryedale.

Our goal is to provide a high quality, local, accessible speech and language therapy service, for parents who may have concerns regarding their child’s speech and language.

To receive a FREE 30 minute telephone consultation, please contact:

Helen Harron- Tel no: 07862 178850

Kate Hemingway- Tel no: 07562 755011

Shine 21

Shine 21 is a local registered charity support group that supports children aged 0-5 who have down syndrome and live in the York and North Yorkshire area. They put on social events for families and are currently busily fundraising it order to buy educational resources, and to put in place early intervention and therapeutic groups for the children. To find out what they can offer your family please contact them at Shine21 on Facebook or on email:

If you are an individual or business who is interested in helping them fundraise they would also love to hear from you.

Stop Smoking Service

Local stop smoking service. It is free to anyone that is pregnant

Do call to get support to quit.

Call Livingwell Smokefree 01609 797 272 to self refer or alternatively email on



We offer confidential emotional support to children, young adults and adults by telephone, email and post. We work with callers to develop healthy, positive coping strategies, an inner feeling of strength and increased self esteem to encourage healing, recovery and moving forward with life.

We also keep details of counsellors, agencies and support groups throughout the UK.

Supportline website

The Happy Place

The Happy Place is a new social group set up for widows and widowers with children.

We’re going to meet every month and the first get together is the 15th September at Hawsker School Prefab (YO22 4LA.). There’s crafts, toys, etc for the kids and biscuits and refreshments for the adults.

This has been started by a lady widowed very suddenly with a 3 year old daughter and struggled to find support.

Facebook Group

Whitby Baby Group

Facebook group to link up parents and carers to chat online and arrange some socially distanced meet-ups in Whitby.

Whitby Clothing Bank

A non-profit little group of friends, who aim to help local families with clothing.