Fareham and Gosport

You will find us working with the health visiting teams in Fareham, Gosport and Alver and Lee. The Gosport area covers all of Gosport, Alverstoke, Lee on Solent and Stubbington, and the Fareham area runs from Whiteley to Portchester.

We work in conjunction with the local Health Visiting Teams. The Gosport health team is based at the War Memorial Hospital, Bury Road in Gosport, the Alver and Lee health team is based in the Rowner Health Centre in Rowner Lane in Gosport, and the Fareham team is based at Unit 4, Alpha Court, Segensworth Business Park, Fareham.

Hampshire Healthy Families comprises a Community Health Development Worker and enthusiastic volunteers, offering a range of activities and access to key health information. We support 'Ready Steady Mums' social walking groups; health roadshows that inform parents and early years settings of key health topics (often found at local groups, events and Well Baby Clinics); an amazing delivery of Five to Thrive workshops for new parents; and we co-deliver the fantastic HENRY course, free for parents on a termly basis in partnership with the Family Support Service. Keep an eye on our website for the latest developments and activities.

Programmes Available

Ready Steady Mums

Most of us want to be fit and active and feel healthy.

The Ready Steady Mums groups are fun and informal social walking groups for parents and carers with young families.

We know that being active helps us embrace motherhood, be healthy and balanced, and set a great example to our kids.  There are a number of groups across Hampshire with more setting up every month.  These groups are supported by Southern Health visiting team and Barnardo’s through the Hampshire healthy families programme  These groups meet weekly at the same time and venue this supports families with routine and structure.  The groups are free and a great way to meet other parents.

There are opportunities for volunteering and being the group leader.

Visit the Ready Steady Mums Website

Fareham & Gosport RSM Group Facebook Page

Please contact the Hampshire Healthy Families team for further information including group dates and locations.

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Five to Thrive

Recent research proves that how a parent behaves around their baby in the first three years of life has a direct impact on how their baby's brain develops. The five to thrive approach focusses on the importance of five key activities as the ‘building blocks for a healthy brain’.

Respond · Cuddle · Relax · Play · Talk.

Hampshire Healthy Families have adopted the five to thrive approach and will incorporate this into our four-week long Five to Thrive workshop for new parents and their babies, aged between six weeks to six months old. The Five to Thrive message supports the development of secure attachment and emotional resilience. Over the four weeks we look at each individual building block and include some fun activities for you and your baby. The next course is:

27th February 2019 at 10.00-11.30, Alver Valley Family Centre, Gosport

3rd April 2019 at 10.00-11.30 Oak Meadow Family Centre, Fareham. Course full!

8th May 2019 at 10.00-11.30, Alver Valley Family Centre, Gosport. To book please visit our workshop page on Eventbrite here

19th June 2019 at 10.00-11.30 Oak Meadow Family Centre, Fareham. To book please visit our workshop page on Eventbrite here

Please contact the Hampshire Healthy Families team to book and for further information including workshop dates, and available locations.

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Health Exercise and Nutrition for the Really Young: A unique and highly successful programme supporting parents in giving their babies and young children a healthy start in life and helping prevent childhood obesity.

Hampshire Healthy Families will be working in partnership with the Family Support Service to deliver Henry programme across Hampshire. Henry aims to support families with children aged six months to eight years old to develop healthier eating habits. This is an eight week course and will be delivered locally. The next course is:

7th May 2019 at 09.30-11.30, Alver Valley Family Centre, Gosport. To book please visit the workshop page on Eventbrite here

Please contact the Hampshire Healthy Families team for further information including course dates and locations.

Visit the HENRY Website

Find fun ideas to help your kids stay healthy Change4Life

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Knowing Me, Knowing You

A support group, developed in partnership with Southern Health and italk, for mothers with mild to moderate peri-natal mental health problems.

Please contact your local Health Visitor at Southern Health for further information

The group provides up to eight mothers and their babies with a two-hour group session, which runs for seven weeks with the aims of enabling mothers to talk about their feelings, develop new coping strategies and to help understand why they might be feeling this way.

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What's on in Fareham & Gosport!

To find out what groups are on in your area, please see the details below.

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First Time Parents

Are you a first time parent? If you join the First Time Parent Group Course you will get the chance to meet other first time parents in your local area, and the opportunity to learn about your baby's development. The group will be facilitated by members of your health visiting team.

Please contact a member of your health visiting team for further information and to book a place.

First Time Parent Group flyer

However if you would like to attend our four week 'Five to Thrive' workshop as a new parent then please look at our 'Five to Thrive' section for further information.

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Meet The Team

Linda Walford
Community Health Development Worker

My name is Linda. I am the Child Health Development Worker for Gosport and Fareham. I am a qualified nursery nurse and I have worked in Early Years for over 30 years. I have been a Nanny in London and New York, and worked in Early Years settings, Children’s Centres and for Children’s Services. I enjoy my role as I feel that early intervention is important and improves outcomes for families. When I am not at work I spend time with my two daughters and our black kitten called Reg.

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Melissa Lewis
Children’s Service Manager

My name is Melissa.  I have worked for Barnardo’s for four years.  Within this time I have managed “Transform” the supporting families programme. I am currently  managing Hampshire Healthy Families. I have an extensive knowledge of child development and issues that impact on families.  I am passionate about attachment and the impact of trauma in early childhood development. In my previous role I managed “The Play Development Service”. This service delivered  a set number of sessions linked to the early years foundation stage  within the home to some of the most vulnerable children across Portsmouth.

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Lynne Tann
Service Administrator

My bio will follow shortly!

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Maria Clarke
Volunteer Coordinator

My name is Maria. I have worked for Barnardo’s since April 2017. I am a volunteer co-ordinator for Hampshire Healthy Families, covering all areas. I am a qualified Primary school teacher and have previously worked in different schools across Hampshire.

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Discover your local services

We have populated this interactive map with local services that may be of interest to families with young children. This allows you to search for available child health clinics, parent groups, surgeries and support services across Hampshire.

Simply click on the  icon and select the groups you are interested in for more information and to see exactly where in Hampshire it is.

Interested in Volunteering?

Contact Us Today

Please contact the Hampshire Healthy Families team with your query:
Phone: 01489 797094
Email: hhf@barnardos.org.uk
Post: HHF Service, Barnardo's, Post Office Chambers, St John's Centre, Hedge End SO30 4QU

Volunteer Roles Available

We are looking for creative and enthusiastic volunteers to join our team, we have a range of roles available across Hampshire.

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Important Information

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