Havant and Waterlooville

The Havant Health visiting team cover the South East of Hampshire (Havant, Waterlooville, Hayling Island & Emsworth). There are two health teams based in Havant & Waterlooville.  We have strong links with the family support service, co-delivering HENRY and have groups running at the main hub in Havant.  Families are actively involved in the setting up and leading of Ready Steady Mum’s groups and we are networking and working alongside community provisions and businesses.  You will also see us in clinics with health promotions and information to help families find out about local 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 community exercise movement for mums.

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

Havant & Waterlooville RSM Group Facepbook 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.

In the first year of life the brain doubles in size. By the 1st birthday the brain is two-thirds the size of the adult brain.  In the first three years of life the brain is growing and changing faster than it ever will again.

Hampshire Healthy Families have adopted the five to thrive approach and will incorporate this into our four-week long Five to Thrive workshop for you and your baby. The Five to Thrive message supports the development of secure attachment and emotional resilience. Please contact us to book onto your local workshop.

Hampshire Heathy Families aim to recruit train and support a number of “five to thrive“ champions across Hampshire. If you are interested in finding out more or setting up a five to thrive group please contact us for more information.

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

Visit the Five To Thrive Website

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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 to develop healthier eating habits.  This is an eight week course and will be delivered locally. If you would like to take part in a HENRY course please contact us and we will book you onto the next course in your area. 

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

Visit the HENRY Website

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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 Havant & Waterlooville coming soon!*

Information coming soon!

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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

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Meet The Team

Debbie Mead
Community Health Development Worker

My name is Debbie. I have worked for Barnardos since March 2016, firstly as family support to vulnerable families through the Transform service and now as your Community Health Development Worker for Havant and Waterlooville. I have over 20 years’ experience as a nursery nurse, working mainly in early years, in schools and with families in the community and in their homes. I have managed a ‘Child Development Project’ which covered the whole of Portsmouth to increase children’s learning and development. I am really enjoying being back in the community with families and have already seen how such simple and accessible provision can make such a big difference to people’s everyday lives, it gives me great satisfaction to support families and children, sharing knowledge and skills to help them succeed.

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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

Barnardo’s Registered Charity
Nos. 216250 and SC037605

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