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At Light we know that being a parent is not always easy – we all sometimes need support and a hand to hold along the way.
Light group support & 1:1 sessions offer a safe and friendly place for you to come and feel supported by our trained volunteers and to meet other mums.
This support is available to anyone who is finding being pregnant or being a new parent difficult, emotionally and mentally. Support and further information is also available for partners and families.
Support Groups and One to One Sessions
We understand that coming to a group, especially for the first time, can be difficult for many people. Our small, informal groups are facilitated by trained staff & volunteers who are always there to offer peer support, as well as plenty of tea, biscuits and tissues.
If you’re worried about attending a group, we can offer 1:1 support via phone, text or email first and one of our volunteers can meet you beforehand so you can attend the group together.
For further information or any questions about our support groups please contact us on 0114 438 8962 or email [email protected]
Face to Face Support
Light can offer face to face support from trained peer volunteers and staff. We can meet you 1:1 at our drop in facility, or chat to you over the phone. Contact us if you would like more information on 0114 438 8962 or email [email protected].
We are always developing our services – please look out for new groups or support near you.
For online peer support you can also try reading blogs such as Mrsshortiesmind or Becoming a mother – just knowing that you aren’t the only one really helps.
For more on the benefits of peer support for women with post natal depression, please see the Research section of the Light web site.
Telephone and email
Our volunteers and staff can provide text, telephone and email support to mums and dads. We can offer information and signposting to other resources, or just a listening ear. Please contact us if you feel like you need to talk to someone.
Light offers a free Counselling Service to parents already engaged with Light support.
Light provide supervised counselling placements to 4th year Therapeutic Counselling students who offer free counselling sessions as part of their final year of study. Sessions are 50 minutes long and are held at the Light offices, Knowle House, 4 Norfolk Park Road, Sheffield, S2 3QE.
For more information please contact Light on 0114 438 8962 or [email protected]
Support for Dads
We know that dads suffer too and our 1:1 support is available to any dads struggling during pregnancy or after the baby is born. Light can help support you if you are experiencing anxiety, depression or finding it difficult to support your partner. Please get in touch with us to find out more 0114 438 8962 or [email protected]