Winchester and Andover

You will find us working with the Health Visiting Teams in Winchester and Andover. Both areas cover Colden Common, Bishops Waltham, Twyford, Alresford, Stanmore, Whitchurch, Worthy Down, Middle Wallop and Shipton Bellinger.

We work in conjunction with the local Health Visiting Teams based at Tidbury Farm, Sutton Scotney, Andover and in Avalon House, Central Winchester.

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.

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

Andover RSM Group Facebook Page 

Winchester RSM Group Facebook Page

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


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. 

Please contact Hampshire Healthy Families 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 Hampshire Healthy Families for further information including workshop dates, and available 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:

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

Henry workshops:

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


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.

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

Andover Parent & Toddler Groups
Winchester Parent & Toddler Groups 

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


Meet The Team

Julie Ridge
Community Health Development Worker

Until I started working with Barnardo’s in October 2017, I spent 20 years working in the early years sector, first as a practitioner and then in a support role working with pre-schools, nurseries and childminders in Hampshire.  I believe that children should have the best possible start in life, to lay the foundations for their physical and emotional well-being and this is at the heart of what we do at Hampshire Healthy Families.  I’m very lucky to be part of a supportive and creative team.  When I’m not at work, I’m usually found out and about with my camera taking photos of interesting places, wildlife and nature.
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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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