Parenting and families

On this page you can find information and organisations providing help and support to refugee and asylum seeking mothers and families

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Family centres

Organisations helping families

Parent and toddler groups

Other groups and classes for families

Family centres

Red Road Family Centre is a voluntary organisation providing a range of direct services to families and individuals in North East Glasgow. They can help with advice on benefits, supporting people to complete welfare and benefit forms, support for individuals fleeing domestic violence or sexual abuse, help and advice with homelessness and housing issues, one-to-one practical and emotional support, counselling (certificated and recreational). They also run groups to promote health and wellbeing. Flexible, high quality childcare is also available.

Darnley Street Family Centre provides services to children and families in the Pollokshields area including pre-5s nursery, adult education, youth work and health services in conjunction with a local hospital. There are also art classes, parenting classes and English classes. Visit the centre at 175 Darnley Street, Glasgow G41 2SY or call 0141 424 3920.

 

Organisations helping families

Home-Start is a national family support charity that helps parents to build better lives for their children. For local Home-Start services in Glasgow: www.homestartglasgownorthwest.org.uk http://www.homestartglasgowsouth.org.uk/

One Parent Families Scotland works for, and with, lone parents to empower and support them by providing help through a variety of services across Scotland, including childcare services and welfare rights and money advice. You can call the helpline for advice on 0808 801 0323 or email helpline@opfs.org.uk

Lone Parent Peer Mentoring Glasgow is developing the Peer Mentoring Service throughout different areas in Glasgow. Lone Parent Mentors will receive on-going training and support throughout this experience and find helping and supporting others will give them a great sense of pride and achievement. If you are interested in becoming a Peer Mentor or would like to find out more about this service, please call 0141 847 0444.

NCT – the UK’s largest charity for parents - supports parents by giving them accurate, impartial information so that they can decide what’s best for their family. The website offers information on pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.

Geeza Break is a voluntary organisation, based in the East of Glasgow, offering respite care for children living in the East End of Glasgow and parenting groups for vulnerable parents. For further information, call 0141 573 2900, or visit the offices at 1450–1456 Gallowgate, Parkhead, Glasgow, G31 4ST.

Lone Parent Peer Mentoring Glasgow  is developing the Peer Mentoring Service throughout different areas in Glasgow. Lone Parent Mentors will receive on-going training and support throughout this experience and find helping and supporting others will give them a great sense of pride and achievement. If you are interested in becoming a Peer Mentor or would like to find out more about this exciting new service, please contact Caroline or Marie on 0141 847 0444 or email.

 

Parent and toddler groups

Please call individual groups to check details and times of meetings.

St Bridgets Hall (Bailleston): 15 Swinton Road, Baillieston, Glasgow, G69 6DT. Telephone: 0141 771 1058

Play 'N' Share / Rhyme Time ̶ PACT ̶ Parents and Children Together (Bridgeton): The Healthy Living Centre, 183 Crownpoint Road, Glasgow, Scotland, G40 2AL. Telephone: 0141 550 5000

Dennistoun Toddler Group (Dennistoun): Salvation Army Hall, 265 Craigpark Drive, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G31 2TW. Telephone: 0141 554 0529

Milnbank Parent and Toddlers Group (Dennistoun): 53 Ballindalloch Drive, Dennistoun, G31 3DQ. Telephone: 0141 551 8131

Sunshine Club (Dennistoun): Salvation Army Hall, 265 Craigpark Drive, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G31 2TW. Telephone: 0141 554 0529

Queen Mary Street Nursery School (Crosshill): 20-22 Queen Mary Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G40 3BB. Telephone: 0141 554 7658

Garthamlock and Craigend East Church (Garthamlock): 46 Porchester Street, Garthamlock, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G33 5DB. Telephone: 0141 776 1421

St Enoch's Hogganfield Church (Stepps): 860 Cumbernauld Road, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G33 2QW. Telephone: 0141 770 5694

 

Other groups and classes for families

Bounce and Rhyme sessions are a fun activity for parents, carers and children aged 3yrs or under with action songs, rhymes and stories that help children’s literacy and numeracy. They are held regularly in public libraries throughout Glasgow. Click here [LINK TO: http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/libraries/children-young-people/pre-5/Pages/Bounce-and-Rhyme.aspx] for details. Maryhill Integration Network also holds music classes for mothers with babies and toddlers. For information call 0141 946 9106 or email admin@maryhillintegration.org.uk

Cross Reach Early Years Hub (Govanhill) is an arm of the Church of Scotland that provides social care in the community. The Early Years Hub is a new project in Govanhill that aims to reduce isolation for parents and children and to help support mothers in need. For more information email: viv.dickenson@crossreach.org.uk or call 0141 423 1250.

Tron St Mary’s Church offers English classes/homework, a parent and child craft group, after school drop in café, community café (close to Red Road flats. Telephone: 0141 558 1011.

Findlay Family Network (Central) runs a variety of programmes and services including drop in groups for parents, counselling and befriending services, signposting, and confidence building. Contact them for more information at 50 Clarendon Place, St George’s Cross, Glasgow, G20 7PZ. Telephone: 0141 332 4445. Email: info@findlaynetwork.org.

Girls School Group (Barnhill) at the Red Road Family Centre, 94 Red Road, G21. Telephone: 0141 557 5571. Email: rrfamilycentre@hotmail.com.

New Rhythms for Glasgow offers free music workshops and creative projects for people living and working in North Glasgow. Contact for more information: Sighthill Youth Centre, 27 Fountainwell Drive, G21 1RR. Telephone: 0141 557 1133. Email: info@nrfg.org.uk.

Greater Pollok Integration Network runs a Kids Club Saturday Café and Kids Club at the community flat, Flat 11, 70 Kennishead Avenue, G46 8RP. Telephone 0141 649 2000 or email MoragStrachan@gpintegrationnetwork.co.uk for more information.

 

Information and leaflets

Refugee Action Leaflet:  ‘Mothers: know your rights’ (Refugee Action, 2003)  Explains in accessible language the rights of parents in relation to children. Covers child protection, contact with children, and financial support of children. Also available in Arabic, Farsi, French, and Somali.

Help for your family: a guide to Home-Start’s support and friendship. Home-Start leaflet (English) advertising their services.  Home-Start provides support to families with at least one child under five. Volunteers visit families at home once a week.

Early Years Admission Policy.  Glasgow City Council leaflet explaining nursery care entitlements, how to apply, and charges for nursery places in excess of the free part-time provision guaranteed to three-year-olds.

Triple P Parenting Advice offers online information and courses to help build positive relationships between parents and their children.