New Forest

You will find us working with the Health Visiting Teams in the New Forest. The area covers Totton, Hythe and Blackfield, Ringwood and Fordingbridge, Lymington and New Milton. 

We work in conjunction with the local Health Visiting Teams based at Fordingbridge Surgery, Cornerways Medical Centre, New Milton Health Centre, Lymington Surgery, Tatchbury Mount and Hythe 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 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

New Milton RSM group Facebook page  
Wednesday 10.00 meet at Beachcombe café, 5 Marine Drive, Barton on sea, BH25 7DT

Ringwood RSM Group Facebook Page
Monday 10.30 meet at Carvers café, Carvers recreation ground, Ringwood, BH24 1JD

Totton RSM Group Facebook Page 
Thursday 10.30 meet at Chapel café, Hammonds Green, Totton, SO40 3HG

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 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:

6th January 2020 at 13.30-15.00, Hythe Hospital. To book please visit Eventbrite here

29th January 2020 at 10.00-11.30am, St Mary's Church, Bransgore. To book please visit Eventbrite here

27th February 2020 at 10.00-11.30, Brockenhurst C of E Primary School. To book please visit Eventbrite here

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

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. Further information about the Henry programme can be found here.

Hampshire Healthy Families will be working in partnership with the Family Support Service to deliver the Henry programme across Hampshire. Henry aims to support families with babies/children aged up to eight years old to develop healthier eating habits. Over eight weeks we will cover five themes on how to give babies and children a healthy start in life:

Parenting confidence · Physical activity for little ones · What children and families eat · Family lifestyle habits · Enjoying life as a family

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 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 and Henry in your area

Five to Thrive Workshops:

6th January 2020 at 13.30-15.00, Hythe Hospital. To book please visit Eventbrite here

29th January 2020 at 10.00-11.30am, St Mary's Church, Bransgore. To book please visit Eventbrite here

27th February 2020 at 10.00-11.30, Brockenhurst C of E Primary School. To book please visit Eventbrite here

Henry Workshop:

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


Community groups, clinics and courses

For a comprehensive list of parent and toddler groups in the New Forest & Totton area, please view this directory:

New Forest & Totton toddler groups

New Forest West baby clinics:

Hythe baby clinic:
Every 1st Wednesday, 10.00-11.30, Hythe Hospital, SO45 4ZB

Totton baby clinic:
Every 4th Wednesday, 09.30-11.00,   Totton and Eling Community Centre, Civic Centre, Totton, SO40 3AP.

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

Transition to Solids courses:

New Milton: Ashley Baptist Church, 2nd Tuesday of the month, 09.00-11.00

Please contact your health visitor to book a place.


Meet The Team

Wendy Newman
Community Health Development Worker

I have been working with Barnardos as a community health development worker since July 2018. I have been a qualified nursery nurse for 15 years. Before working at Barnrdo's I had my own childminding business and have worked on paediatric and maternity wards and in pre- schools. In the past I have worked voluntary in a Romanian orphanage, which was really rewarding.

I am really happy in my new role. I love working with families and getting the best outcome for them.
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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
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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