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

Email:[email protected]


Phone: 01609 534654

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Ilkley PANDAS Support group is a peer support group that supports people who are going through perinatal mental health illness such as antenatal depression, postnatal depression, ante and postnatal anxiety, Postnatal OCD, birth trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder and everything in between.

We meet every fourth Friday of the month and for more info please see our Facebook page.
Or http://www.pandasfoundation.org.uk/support-groups-local/
We meet at St. John’s Church, Ben Rhydding, LS29 8PN from
9:30-11: 30 am every fourth Friday of each month.

You don’t need a diagnosis but we encourage people to seek further help from their GP or specialist nurse whenever necessary.


We are a very relaxed and friendly group where we have toys and light refreshments for your little ones, a friendly listening ear for you and a hot cuppa. Herbal or otherwise and always plenty of cake! If you would like any more information please don’t hesitate to contact us. [email protected] email

(We have just changed our email address from [email protected] to [email protected], there are leaflets with the old email address, emails will be answered from either account.)

Ilkley PANDAS is people-centred and a non-clinical setting, where people are free to talk without fear of judgement.

Affiliated with the National Charity PANDAS foundation which also offers support in the forms of a helpline, email support and an online community. More information can be found here: www.pandasfoundation.org.uk.

Ilkley PANDAS support group is not a crisis service and if you need crisis support we would advise you to call your crisis team or 999.

*****If you are a healthcare professional or trainee and you either want to volunteer or gain work experience then please email your current DBS to [email protected] to apply. Thank you. *****

Every family across Leeds, starting at pregnancy and continuing through to school leavers, receives support from the service. Find out about the services and resources available to you and your family across Leeds.


For more details visit the Leeds Community Healthcare website: www.leedscommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk/our-services-a-z/0-19-public-health-integrated-nursing/

and follow the Facebook Page. 

Tel: 0113 220 8500

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National Online Safety

National Online Safety is an independent online safety training organisation founded by three fathers on a mission to keep children safe online. They believe that through our engaging Online Safety training and resources for school staff, parents and children, we can make a difference.

At National Online Safety, the aim is to make the internet a safer place for children. We will achieve this through equipping school staff, parents, carers and children with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers and how best to react should an incident arise.

*Images from National Online Safety


AWARE – Airedale and Wharfedale Autism Resource

AWARE is a parent-run group supporting families with children and young adults on the autistic spectrum.

Your child does not need to have a formal diagnosis to make use of this helpful autism resource.

The group is for families all across the Bradford District. It covers the Airedale, Wharfedale, Bradford and Craven areas and beyond.

Find out more on the AWARE website

Breast Feeding Groups & Support in Leeds

Breastfeeding Groups and Support in Leeds 

What is a Breastfeeding Group?

These groups are all run slightly differently; however, you can rest assured you will always be welcomed by a friendly face and refreshments! All group leaders undertake breastfeeding training so that they can offer support and signpost if you need specific help. These groups are open to all breastfeeding mums.

What is a Breastfeeding Peer Support Group?

These groups are run by trained breastfeeding peer supporters. Peer supporters are mothers who have themselves breastfed and have undertaken a training course. They are not able to give specific advice but can offer suggestions and sign-post to the most appropriate and timely help. Any breastfeeding mum is welcome!

Breastfeeding Counsellors

Breastfeeding counsellors have all breastfed and had extensive training. They offer free support, information and practical help. They offer phone support and home visits.

Baby Buddy app (download from app store or visit website) Trusted source of information endorsed by your health professional and promoted to all parents in Leeds www.bestbeginnings.org.uk/baby-buddy-online


NCT Breastfeeding Helpline www.nct.org.uk 0300 330 0770 (8am-11pm)

La Leche League www.laleche.org.uk 0345 120 2918

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers 0300 3305453 www.abm.me.uk

Breastfeeding Network 0300 1000212 www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk

National Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 1000212

Adv. Health Improvement Specialist – Infant Feeding Sally – 07712 214867

Breastfeeding Clinic (HV referral only) Meanwood Health Centre – 0113 8433350

Hospital Infant Feeding Team (midwives) 0113 2065367

Peer Support Coordinator Cath – 07843339574 / Suzanne – 07956077800

Leeds General Infirmary – Delivery Suite 0113 3927445

St James’ Hospital – Delivery Suite 0113 2069103

Drugs in Breastmilk helpline [email protected]


Val – LS16 0113 2933176

Helen – LS20 01943 877212

Eleanor – LS20 01943 884096

Tracey – BD17 01274 597633

Also facilitated by NCT – Baby Cafe; cake and conversation alongside breastfeeding support from trained NCT

breastfeeding counsellors. Fridays 12pm – 2pm Gipton Methodist Church, Oak Tree Place, LS9 6SX


Eleanor – LS20 01943 884096

DICE Support group for Parents

DICE is coming to Silsden!
The course will run 12 pm – 2.30 pm for 4 weeks starting Monday 9th March, although you will need to be available for registration on the morning of Tuesday 3rd March.
You can book your place here: https://buytickets.at/thehivesilsden/339620
For more information please e-mail [email protected]

Guiseley Breastfeeding Peer Support Group

Thursday 9.30 – 11 am

Aireborough Children’s Centre, Guiseley Infant School, LS20 9DA

For further information please contact [email protected] or 07956 077800

It’s Worth Taking About – Silsden

It’s Worth Talking About runs in Silsden at Many Hands At No.25
A local peer support group where you can talk about anything and be heard safely and in confidence.
It’s FREE, there is no waiting list or referral process so if you might need to talk or just listen to support others within your community please come along on Tuesday or Thursday.
Working in association with Silsden Storm ARLFC
Women’s: Tuesday 6 pm – 8 pm
Men’s: Thursday 7 – 9 pm

La Leche League Cafe

La Leche League Cafe, Breastfeeding support group.

First Friday of each month 10.00-12 noon.

The group is run by La Leche volunteers. Topics covered in the group include the advantages of breastfeeding, childbirth and the new baby at home, the art of breastfeeding and overcoming difficulties, nutrition and weaning. Expectant mothers & new mothers welcome. Pram access via the entrance on Riddings Road.

Lower Hall, Ilkley Methodist Church Hall (Christchurch), The Grove, Ilkley, LS29 9LW

[email protected]


Leeds Baby Bank

It is our mission to support families in and around the Leeds area who are in need of urgent baby essentials such as Nappies, Wipes and Infant Formula. We also support Leeds families by sourcing baby equipment and clothes.
We always need donations of nappies, wipes, baby formula, baby food and baby equipment. Because no baby should go without!


Moor Time U5’s Group – For families of children with additional needs

Fortnightly Wednesdays, term time.

1.30 – 3 pm at Dan’s Den at Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley, LS29 9LW.

Everyone is welcome to this FREE under-5s group. Come with or without your little one to meet others in the same boat and share advice and experiences. No booking is required and no diagnosis is needed to come.

Contact Jane on 07938 641700

New Beginnings Peer Support Group

New Beginnings is a charitable peer-led organisation supporting female survivors of domestic abuse. We support women and their children to rebuild their lives and improve upon their emotional resilience through mindfulness, practical support, signposting and in providing a positive understanding social network. We work alongside statutory services.
You can self-refer or ask a keyworker you may already be working with to refer you, by emailing [email protected]

If you are still within an abusive relationship and are in need of advice please consult the IDAS website www.idas.org.uk or Women’s Aid www.womensaid.org.uk or call the National Domestic Abuse Hotline on 0808 2000 247. In an emergency always call 999, if you cannot speak when prompted press 55.

Otey Parents Support Group

For Otley, Bramhope, Pool families, who have children of school aged, a new support group to receive informal support, advice & guidance, starting Tuesday 12th September.

Every Tuesday 9.30 – 11 am (Term Time)

Tea & Coffee availabe.

The Core, Orchard Street, LS21 3NX

Contact Lisa on 07510 079959

OWLS Children’s Bereavement Service Leeds


Peer Talk Skipton: Support group for people dealing with depression, aniety or similar

Every Monday the brilliant Peer Talk Skipton Team are in the Hub at Skipton Town Hall, offering a welcoming space for anyone over 18 facing depression, anxiety or similar distress.

For more details on how to get involved, please see the information below

PeerTalk peer support group for anyone facing depression, Skipton

PeerTalk peer support group for anyone facing depression is starting in Skipton next month.

We have a fabulous team of newly trained facilitators and a great venue, and we’d love everyone in and around Skipton to know that this support will be freely available every single week.

The group will meet every Monday evening, 7.30 – 9pm at The Hub, Skipton Town Hall, High Street, Skipton, BD23 1AH.

The first meeting takes place on Monday 12 November and meets every week thereafter – same time, same place.

We know that peer support can help when you’re feeling low. The group is primarily for people facing depression and similar mental health difficulties – like anxiety. Depression touches so many other areas, like bereavement, the breakdown of a relationship, any significant life change – and many other situations that are too numerous to list!

Talking helps. Knowing that you’re not alone helps. And feeling the support of others can give you what you need to carry on and work through the difficulty until you reach a better place.

Please do share this good news.

You can see how the support group works on our website at http://www.peertalk.org.uk/index.php/support-groups
There are some FAQs there too.

We look forward to being in Skipton and offering this support – we could all do with a little support sometimes!

Scope Activities for all

Scope Activities for all are getting in touch to let you know about their project that can support your disabled child to be included in a mainstream activity group.

Have you ever felt reluctant to send your child to an activity?  Did you worry they wouldn’t cope, or have their needs met?

If the answer is yes, then we could help them to be included.

We’ll send one of our Sessional Inclusion Workers to attend with your child and at the same time work with the group, to make sure the group continue the support once the Sessional Worker withdraws.

If  you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch : [email protected] or read more about our Scope Sessional Worker service project.

Separated or Single Mums Group by ParentingSuccess – Yorkshire

This group is for mum’s who are single parents, separated, or divorced with children of any age. It can also be if you feel due to your partner’s travelling, work-schedule that you parent primarily alone.

These sessions are confidential and non-judgmental so you will feel safe and can freely speak your mind, feelings and thoughts without feeling blame, shame or guilt!

Outside the Box Cafe, has a lovely play area for children should you want or need to bring your children with you.

Outside The Box Cafe, 2 Bridge Lane, Ilkley, LS29 9HN

Call Anisa 07792176888 for more details.