Support Service for New Mothers


In Barnsley Central Area we deliver a support service for new mothers to increase resilience and the emotional wellbeing of those who are experiencing isolation and low level emotional wellbeing issues. We work closely with Midwifery, Health Visitors and the Family Support Service.

Volunteer befriending supports new mothers by offering a listening ear, helping them find their own strengths and solutions to build confidence, supporting mothers to access activities and signposting them to other sources of support, We offer help and guidance over the telephone and support mothers to link up with other new mothers and local groups. Whether it is a mum’s second child or a new addition to the family, we can work alongside mum for a period of time during pregnancy, the birth and until the child’s second birthday

Coronavirus update

At Family Lives we believe that our services are needed more than ever in the current crisis; we know that many families are experiencing even more challenges. 

We are committed to supporting our families, and while we cannot visit homes at the moment, the support we usually offer through home visiting and befriending is continuing by phone or video. 

We can:   

  • Provide a friendly listening ear for a parent struggling in isolation.
  • Support families to continue with keeping a routine going.
  • Discuss behavioural issues parents may be experiencing with children.
  • Help with the planning of days and evenings to keep stress to a minimum.
  • Talk through ideas for fun activities, which families can dowhile isolated and children are off school.

For more information contact or ring 07971 253308.