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What our projects are offering at this time

Page last updated 20 November 2021

Despite the easing of COVID-19 restrictions earlier in the year we’re continuing to support families in the Better Start Bradford area through a mix of phone / video calls and virtual events, with more face-to-face activities being re-introduced by several of our project teams.

Below you can find contact details for all our projects with a summary of what they are offering families in the Better Start Bradford area at this time 👇

Please also:

If you have any questions or we can be of any help, please contact us on: 01274 723146 / [email protected]

The Better Start Bradford Team

Better Start Bradford Projects:
Contact Details and Current Support Being Provided

Baby Steps
Contact: 07734 496669 / [email protected]
The Baby Steps programme is being delivered to families virtually and the team continues to take new referrals – you can download the referral form here (Word).
Follow their Facebook page here

Better Place
Contact: 07522 236692 / [email protected]
The team is delivering lots of outdoor sessions in local parks and greenspaces. Follow their Facebook page for up-to-date details.
– Their Facebook page also has lots of great activity ideas for families with young children, plus information about the wonderful transformations they’re making to local greenspaces: Better Place Bradford Facebook Page

Better Start Imagine
Contact: 01274 730415 / [email protected]
If you have a child aged 0-3 and live in the Better Start Bradford area you can still sign up to receive a free book every month until your child’s fifth birthday. Sign up here.
– Some face-to-face (socially-distanced) story and rhyme time and baby club sessions are now running! Visit the Better Start Imagine Facebook group for up-to-date details or visit our events calendar.

Bradford Doulas
Contact: Monday to Friday 9.00am-4.00pm: 01274 223232 / [email protected]
Bradford Doulas offer (non-clinical) practical and emotional support to pregnant women/birthing people six weeks before, during labour and six weeks after the birth.  Support can be delivered within the home, community, or a mutually agreed location through trained and accredited Volunteer Doulas. Acting as a ‘professional friend’, Volunteer Doulas will support the individual to make positive and informed choices, accompany them to appointments, provide practical support at the birth, build positive relationships with other services and offer emotional support.
Referrals can be made by any service working with pregnant women and families from 28+ gestation (including midwives, GPs, Health Visitors and voluntary community organisations).  Pregnant women/people can also self-refer. 
– For more on Bradford Doulas, here is a short film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Qh-VviIfp4

Breastfeeding Support
Contact: Monday to Friday 8.00am-5.00pm: 01274 287968
Monday to Friday 5.00-8.00pm and Saturday 9.00am-5.00pm: 07903 174429
You can also e-mail: [email protected]

The team continues to provide practical and emotional support for families who are breastfeeding/mixing bottle and breastfeeding, currently over the phone and via video calls. They are still taking new referrals from health professionals and families via the contact details above.

Cooking for a Better Start
Contact: 07709 640454 / [email protected]
Cooking for a Better Start is now being offered both face-to-face and online. For more information on the face-to-face programme, click here.
If you can’t access our face-to-face support, why not consider our digital programme. Find out more by downloading this leaflet.
For simple healthy recipes, please visit: https://www.henry.org.uk/homepage/resources/healthy-recipes

ESOL for Pregnancy
Contact: [email protected]
The team continues to take referrals via this online referral form or by e-mail to [email protected] and are delivering sessions remotely, primarily via Zoom – visit our events calendar for dates.

Forest School Play Project
Contact: 01535 668588 / [email protected]
– The team continues to run 10-week forest school programmes with local nurseries.  They also offer regular family play sessions in local parks and nurseries open to families with children aged 0-3 years. There’s no need to book, just come along – to see the latest sessions visit Get Out More’s website or the Better Start Bradford events calendar.

Contact: 01274 513300 / [email protected] or find course dates on our events calendar
– Pregnant women in the Better Start Bradford area can now sign up for the new, online HAPPY antenatal programme. HAPPY antenatal is a free and friendly 8-week programme for women of all ages living in the Better Start Bradford area. The sessions are a relaxed way for parents to think about their transition to parenthood and challenges for every parent around healthy lifestyles.
– To sign up/ refer someone (or if you have any questions) please contact Sonam Bhalla via the details above, or contact one of the Perinatal Administrators on 07852 418690
Download the HAPPY information leaflet for families
Download the HAPPY information leaflet for professionals

Contact: 07709 640454 / [email protected]
The HENRY team is offering a number of virtual groups and workshops and is starting to deliver some sessions face-to-face – visit our events calendar for dates and details.
They are also accepting referrals for 1-to-1 support, which will also be delivered over the phone/video call. Please note, there is a waiting list for this.
Follow the HENRY Bradford team on Facebook for tips on healthy eating and exercise, and lots more: HENRY Bradford Facebook Page.

Home-Start Better Start
Contact: 01274 666711 / [email protected]
Families already receiving support will be supported via weekly telephone calls.
– Service is operating as normal, with families returning to receiving weekly visits from volunteers. Referrals can be made online through their referral portal.
– They continue to recruit new volunteers and have volunteer preparation courses in the pipeline – visit our calendar to find current dates

ICAN Early Talk
Contact: 01274 470142 or 730415 / [email protected]
This project has been extended to allow it to train and accredit all the settings within the Better Start Bradford area who want to take part. Training and support is now being offered face-to-face.

Incredible Years
Contact: 01274 513300 / [email protected]
The team is back running face-to-face parenting courses within the community and online courses are still available. Please visit our events calendar for dates, or contact them via the details above.
They welcome new referrals either directly from families or from professionals.

Little Minds Matter
Contact: 01274 251298 / [email protected]
The team has resumed some face-to-face support and is accepting new referrals via healthcare professionals as usual.
– The team is also available to professionals for reflective discussions and consultation. Please contact them using the details above.


Contact: Edwina Lintin [email protected] or Eve McElveen [email protected]

– The MECSH (maternal early childhood sustained home-visiting) programme continues to be delivered in the family home by health visitors in the Bradford East team.

– COVID screening questions will be asked before all face-to-face contacts and PPE will be used by health visitors.

– We may also offer video or telephone calls or an appointment in a clinic setting where appropriate and this will be discussed with the family so that we can find out what method of contact is best for them.

 – More information can be found here and families can also access more information about health visiting services in Bradford by accessing the better lives health futures website: www.betterliveshealthyfuturesbw.nhs.uk/learning_resource/health-visiting-bradford/

 – Bradford East Health Visiting Team can be contacted on 01274 221223

Perinatal Support Service
Contact: For urgent queries ring: 01274 505034 / For non-urgent queries e-mail: [email protected]
The Perinatal Support Service co-ordinators and volunteers are supporting families over the phone or via video calls, and they welcome any new referrals via the contact details above.
– The team is also running regular ‘My Baby and Me’ group sessions who are struggling with mild to moderate perinatal mental health such as depression, low mood, anxiety and isolation. Their baby must be aged under one year. You can refer via the contact details above.
They continue to accept applications from prospective volunteers.
Follow their Facebook page here.

Personalised Midwifery Care (Clover Team)
Contact: 01274 365714
For updates and guidance on maternity care in Bradford please follow the Bradford Antenatal Birth and Beyond Facebook page.
– Virtual antenatal classes are now being run by the Parent Education Team at Bradford Royal Infirmary. Details can be found here.
– You can also visit this page for more information about the Women’s and Newborn Unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary: https://www.bradfordhospitals.nhs.uk/womens-and-newborn-unit/

Talking Together
Contact: 01274 470142 or 730415 / [email protected]
The team is now offering face to face assessments and programmes in families’ homes. Parents will continue to be contacted just before their child’s second birthday and professionals can refer by contacting the team (see details above)

Welcome to the World
Contact: 01274 437523 / [email protected]
All Welcome to the World antenatal courses have been cancelled until further notice.
If you’re pregnant you may be able to take part in the HAPPY Virtual Antenatal Programme (see details above).
– Virtual antenatal classes are now being run by the Parent Education Team at Bradford Royal Infirmary. Details can be found here.

Links to Useful Early Years Resources

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