Hart and Rushmoor

You will find us working with the Health Visiting Teams in Hart and Rushmoor. The area covers Fleet, Farnborough, Odiham and Aldershot.

We work in conjunction with the local Health Visiting Teams based at Aldershot Centre for Health, Farnborough Southwood Links Way, Odiham Health Centre and Fleet Community Hospital. 

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 child health clinics); an amazing delivery of Five to Thrive workshops for new parents; and we co-deliver the fantastic HENRY workshop, 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.

**UPDATE** Ready Steady Mums groups currently run by Barnardo's in Hampshire are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 situation.

Barnardo's have compiled some online resources to aid people to stay fit during the Coronavirus crisis.

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

Aldershot RSM Group Facebook Page

Fleet & Church Crookham RSM Group Facebook Page
Wednesdays at 10.30am, Church on the Heath (Elvetham Heath).

Yateley RSM Group Facebook Page
Tuesdays at 10am outside Café 46, next door to Discoveries charity shop.

Please contact the Hampshire Healthy Families team for further information.


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 Digital Workshop for new parents and their babies, aged between six weeks to six months old.

Due to the ever changing circumstances regarding COVID-19, this free workshop will be delivered using digital technology. The sessions will be live and interactive. 

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. 

All our workshops are available to book via Eventbrite, where you can see a list of our current Five to Thrive Digital Workshops in Hampshire.

Please contact Hampshire Healthy Families if you have any queries.

Visit the Five to Thrive Website



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. 

Unfortunately Hampshire Healthy Families are no longer running the Henry programme for the time being. Further information can be found on the Henry website , which includes a section on Coronavirus Support for Families  that offers a number of free online resources and tips on various topics:

  • Looking after yourself as a parent;
  • Supporting your children;
  • Keeping children active;
  • Tips for healthy family food.

You can also find fun ideas to help your kids stay healthy at Change4Life


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.


Five to Thrive in your area

Five to Thrive Workshop:

All our workshops are available to book via Eventbrite, where you can see a list of our current Five to Thrive Digital Workshops in Hampshire.


Community groups, clinics and courses

From Wednesday 18th March 2020 all Child Health Advice Clinics across Hampshire will be suspended until further notice. See poster for further details.

Please visit the Southern Health website to search for your nearest Child Health Clinic.

For a comprehensive list of parent and toddler groups in the Hart and Rushmoor areas, please view these directories:

Aldershot Toddler Groups
Farnborough Toddler Groups


Meet The Team

Elaine Penman
Community Health Development Worker

I started with Barnardo's in November 2018.  I was previously working in a school for children with special needs as a Health Care Assistant.  Previous to that I worked with children at home and in the community offering support and respite for families.  My other experience of working with children has been in a nursery setting, as a nanny, and also overseas as a children’s representative for a holiday company.  In my spare time I enjoy reading, cinema, walking my little dog, and catching up with friends!

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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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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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