Support Groups & Organisations Stockport

ABC Family Group

ABC Family Group supports families with special needs teenagers in Stockport. The ABC group is a support group with a Saturday play group and Tuesday youth group.

ABC+ is a youth group specifically for special needs teenagers from aged 11 upwards. A fun teenage atmosphere is created by providing games consoles (PS/3, Wii), football table, snooker and group activities run by experienced parents and volunteers. If you have been struggling to find a youth group in Stockport that fails to fit your particular special needs, then feel free to meet like-minded friends where you are guaranteed to find friends and have lots of FUN! Parents/Carers will need to accompany their teenagers but there will be a separate room for parents and carers to relax.

Check the website or contact them using the details below for group dates.

They also run a number of annual events.

Tel: 0161 431 9867

Address: Prospect House, 70 Derby Road, Heaton Chapel, Stockport, Sk4 4NF




Having a premature or sick baby in hospital can be incredibly distressing for families.

Bliss offers emotional and practical support to empower families and equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to provide the best possible care to their baby, for however long they live and for however long their stay in neonatal care.

Bliss provides information about caring for premature and full term sick babies at every stage of their hospital journey, and after they have gone home.

Through our network of dedicated volunteers we provide face-to-face, phone and email support, meaning families have access to practical advice and a listening ear when they need it the most.

Helpline: 0808 801 0322



Cheshire Parenting Collective CIC

Cheshire Parenting Collective CIC is the vision of three local parents and provides support and information throughout pregnancy, childbirth, infancy, and toddlerhood.

We aim to provide the support we felt was missing when we had our own children. Our services are always growing, and we would love to hear from you if you think there is a gap that we could help to fill.

SLING LIBRARY – We have over 70 slings and carriers for hire from £5 per week.

NAPPY LIBRARY – We have over 200 cloth nappies and accessories for hire.

PARENTING BOOKS – We have books on various parenting topics for hire.

DROP-IN ADVICE SESSIONS – We run several sling library and advice sessions in Stockport and Cheshire.

FOURTH TRIMESTER – For expectant and new parents, we welcome babies up to around 5 months. Each month we invite a guest speaker and discuss a particular topic. We also provide demos and support on slings for this stage of your baby’s development.

SIGNPOSTING – We work with local organisations that help families, to provide a signposting and referral service. If you are struggling, please get in touch and we will help you to find the right support.




Children’s Centres

Children’s Centres enable families to access support from midwives, health visitors, early years practitioners and family support as well as providing opportunities for training and help into employment.

Children’s Centres focus on the following areas:

  • Child development and getting your child ready for school
  • Helping parents improve their self-esteem and parenting skills
  • Child and family health

Services provided by Children’s Centres include:

  • Access to quality registered childcare and early learning. Including 15 hours free early education for 3 and 4-year-olds, which will help your child to develop and be confident when they start school. Centres will also advise you about the 2-year-old offer and do an eligibility check for you. Please ring your nearest centre for availability.
  • Parenting and family support
  • Antenatal and postnatal healthcare advice from health visitors and midwives, including breastfeeding support, introducing solids and healthy eating
  • Employment, training and job seeking advice from our partnership with Jobcentre Plus
  • Opportunities for volunteering and work experience
  • Lots of fun activities and the chance to talk to other parents and make new friends

Additional services and activities will be available in some areas but will be based on the needs of the community.

Also don’t forget that if you are a new mum and on benefits you can get free vitamins, fruit and vegetables and milk through the healthy start scheme – ask your health visitor if you qualify.

Our friendly staff are always pleased to meet you, so if you have a child under five come along and visit your local centre.

Some activities will be free whilst some may have a nominal charge. Contact your local centre to find out more:

Abacus Sure Start Children’s Centre – 120 Garners Lane, Adswood, Stockport, SK3 8QW
Tel: 0161 474 5043

Belmont & Lancashire Hill Sure Start Children’s Centre – All Saints CE Primary School, Churchill Street, Heaton Norris, SK4 1ND
Tel: 0161 218 1198

Brinnington Sure Start Children’s Centre – Westmorland Drive, Brinnington, Stockport, SK5 8HH
Tel: 0161 406 9558

Edgeley & Cheadle Heath Children’s Centre – Lark Hill Nursery and Primary School, Northgate Road, Edgeley, SK3 9PH
Tel: 0161 968 1969

Stockport Central Children’s Centre – Vernon Park Primary School, Peak Street, Stockport, SK1 2NF
Tel: 0161 480 2505

Click here for the Stockport Children’s Centres website.


A national charity which supports, advises and campaigns with single parents to help them meet their family’s needs and achieve their goals.

Helpline: 0808 802 0925 (check website for up-to-date opening hours)


Health Visitor Clinics

The health visiting service aims to promote good health and wellbeing by working with children under five years old and their families.

For a list of health visitor clinics in Stockport and contact numbers, click here.

Heatons Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in Heaton Moor supporting people experiencing depression and anxiety. Covering the Heatons, Cheadle and Didsbury.

Tel: Polly on 07754 959 815

Independent Options Children and Family Centre

The Pines, 67 Chester Road, Hazel Grove, Stockport, SK7 5PE

The Children and Family Centre provides inclusive play opportunities in a safe and welcoming environment for children with learning disabilities and additional needs. Through its wide range of groups, play sessions and SEN training courses, children can learn and play while parents can access a wide range of information and support. We tailor both the support and the groups to the children’s individual needs and ensure that numbers of those attending the groups are kept low to ensure each child gets the attention they deserve. The groups are all family based, with parents and carers joining their children for sessions.

Along with the indoor space which features plenty of toys, games and crafts as well as lots of sensory equipment, The Centre also has a large garden. The outdoor space is fully secure, and there are lots of outdoor toys, games, and play equipment available.

The Children and Family Centre is unique to the Stockport area with its strong ethos of reverse inclusion. This means that we welcome all children, including siblings and friends to The Centre when it is appropriate, but those with additional needs and disabilities take priority.

Groups and activities include:

After School Club – Tuesdays 3.30 – 5.30pm ages 8-13. Inclusive play for children with additional needs and their families. £3 per child & siblings £1.

Boredom Busters – 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month, 10am – 2pm. Drop-in style free play for all abilities, £3 per child

Dance & Drama – From 19th April 2017. Wednedays 4-5pm for children aged 4-7 and 5:30-6:30pm for children aged 8-13. Exploring different kinds of movement and expression. £5 per child. Tea and coffee will be provided for parents. Places need to be booked in advance via Sam – 0161 482 7933 /

Parents Coffee Morning – Last Monday of the month, 9.30am – 12pm. A chance to relax and meet  other parents of children with additional support needs, and to build a support network. £1 per session.

Sensory Stories Thursdays 9.30 – 11.30am. Making story time interactive and fun for everyone! £3 per child.

Siblings Club – Thursdays 4 – 5.30pm. A fun support group specifically for the siblings of children with a disability.

Sing & Sign – Wednesdays 9.30 – 11.30am. A fun signing group for children with communication needs! £3 per child.

Soft Play – Thursdays 4-5.30pm (from 6th April 2017) at Wild Things Soft Play Centre, Headlands Road, Bramhall, SK7 3AN. Soft play sessions exclusively for children with additional needs. £4 per child, maximum age is 10. No booking necessary, just turn up on the day.

For more information or to book one of the groups or activities, contact Julia or Sam:

Tel: 0161 482 7933


La Leche League

Provides mother to mother support for all breastfeeding mums at every stage of their breastfeeding journey via our helpline, through social media, online helpforms and face to face at local meetings.

Helpline: 0345 120 2918


Little Steps Neonatal Support

Little steps is a friendly, local support group run by Stockport NCT that support any parent who has had a baby or child who needed NICU or on ward treatment after birth whether premature or full term.

The run a friendly online support group, regular meet ups and offer a tiny baby clothes library.

Tel: 0300 330 0700


Click here for the Facebook page.

Click here for the website.

National Breastfeeding Helpline

Independent, confidential, mother-centred, non-judgmental breastfeeding support and information.

Open 9.30am – 9.30pm every single day of the year

Live online support also available via the web chat service

Helpline: 0300 100 0212



Parent Concern


Tel: 07939108682

Parents In Partnership (PIPs) Stockport

PIPS is an independent local parent carer forum in Stockport run by parents for parents, carers, grandparents and family members who have a child/young person between the ages of 0 & 25 years with a special educational need and disability or/and additional need.


Sands supports anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth. Bereavement support is at the core of everything we do. Some of the services that we offer include a Helpline for parents, families, carers and health professionals; a UK-wide network of support groups with trained befrienders; an online forum and message boards enabling bereaved families to connect with others; and a wide range of leaflets, books and other resources available online and in print.

Contact details for Manchester Sands:

Snowdrops (formerly Stockport PND Support)

Snowdrops is a group is run by mums to provide support to mums experiencing pre or postnatal mental health issues. They meet on Wednesdays at Romiley Life Centre, 3 Stockport Road, Romiley, SK6 4BN. Please contact them or check their Facebook page for the next meeting dates and times.

Tel: Jennie on 07468428942



Twitter: @jensnowdrops

SPACE Stockport

SPACE Stockport is a support group for parents and carers of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and associated conditions. They are a registered children’s charity and there is no charge to attend their meetings or any of our guest presentations.

Tel: 07580 720 730 (Please note that this phone line is primarily intended for use by parents and therefore we would prefer that this number was not used by organisations wishing to approach us with sales opportunities.)


Twitter: @SPACEstockport


Stockport and District NCT

Stockport & District Branch is an active and friendly Branch, run by local volunteers, offering support and information to parents and parents-to-be.

Tel: 0300 330 0700


Click here for the Facebook page.

Click here for the website.

Stockport Infant Feeding Team

The Infant Feeding team for Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, including Lactation Consultants, Breastfeeding specialist nurses and midwives, and trained peer supporters.

Breastfeeding groups in the Stockport area 

The groups are drop-in so please feel welcome to call in, between the stated times.

Partners, family members and siblings are welcome at all the groups across Stockport.

Please note Stockport Mumbler endeavours to keep this timetable up-to-date, but strongly recommends confirming details with the infant feeding team before you travel.


  • Stockport Town Centre, Debenhams Cafe, Princess Street, Stockport SK1 1TS (9.45am-11.30am)  Except Bank Holidays
  • MarpleLibrary, Memorial Park, Marple, Stockport SK6 6BA (10.00am-12.00pm) Term Time Only


  • Antenatal Clinic, Stepping Hill Hospital, Poplar Grove, Stockport SK2 7JE (1pm – 4pm)


  • Bramhall Children`s Centre, Bramhall Library, Bramhall Lane South SK7 2DU (1.00pm – 2.30pm) Term Time Only 


  • Bredbury Family Centre, Redhouse Lane, Bredbury SK6 1BX (10.30am – 12.30pm) Term Time Only 
  • Reddish Vale Children’s Centre, Reddish Vale Road, Reddish SK5 7EU (12.30pm – 2.30pm) Term Time Only 
  • Abacus Children`s Centre 120 Garners Lane, Adswood, SK3 8QW (1.00pm – 2.30pm) Term Time Only


Tel: 0161 419 4430


Click here for the Facebook page.

Stockport Mind

Dove House, 65 Union St, Stockport, SK1 3NP

Stockport Mind is a local, independent adult mental health charity, supporting people in the Stockport area. The Charity offers accessible support and information to people in mental distress and works with others to promote well-being in our local community.

Tel:  0161 480 7393



Stockport SEND Families Group

Adswood Young People’s Centre, Neston Grove, Adswood, SK38PHthumbnail_IMG_1501 (1)

Stockport SEND Families is a support group in Stockport, run by parents to support families who have children/young people with additional needs.

We are a parent run support group, we recognised there was a huge gap and lack of funding to provide families who have children with additional needs quality time together. To do activities where the whole family can access it together to create friendships and support circles in a environment where the families are not judged and stared at. Already we are seeing some lovely friendships developing with families and children.

We also have a closed Facebook support group, where parents can chat and ask for advice. There are currently over 700 parents in this group and it is very active. We also have a open Facebook information sharing page where we share our events, share local authority SEND information etc and a Twitter account that we use to connect with other organisations around Stockport.

We currently run a weekly weekly drop in, monthly coffee evening, monthly minecraft club, regular activities during school holidays, a group for girls who have additional needs, with anxiety and related issues.

We also have talks, training and workshops, These are all in local places, all closed to public and only open to families with additional needs. We have a new sensory room, which we fundraiser to create.

We support families in meetings where needed, complete forms for grants and benefits, signpost to services. We are seeing parents grow in confidence, self esteem and networks created.

We receive no ongoing funding, and try to make activities, groups and drop ins as low cost as possible for families, so we just cover costs.

The group is run by parents for parents, we are all volunteers who have children with disabilities of our own.



Twitter: @SendStockport

Stockport Sling Library

Stockport Sling Library offers a range of slings and baby carriers for parents to borrow on short- or long-term loans and offers one-to-one consults.


Click here for the Facebook page.

Stockport Without Abuse

Helpline: 0161 477 4271 (Lines are staffed Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and there is an answer phone outside of these hours.)



Stockport Women’s Centre

Tel: 0161 355 4455 (Mon – Fri 9:00am to 5:00pm)



The Lullaby Trust

We offer confidential support to anyone affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or young child. This support is here whenever you need it, whether the death was recent or many years ago. It is available for families, friends, carers and professionals.There are different ways we can support you and you can choose from our range of services.

Helpline: 0808 802 6868




The Miscarriage Association

The Miscarriage Association provides support and information to anyone affected by pregnancy loss.

Helpline: 01924 200799