Being a parent or carer will not come easily to everyone. It is common to feel overwhelmed, feel a dip in confidence and struggle with new responsibilities. You may also have challenging feelings about yourself, your partner or even your child at times.
Use our postcode checker to see if you live in the LEAP area where PAIRS can support you.
Together Time is a group for parents with babies between 3 and 8 months old. It is a safe space for you to be with your baby, to explore and understand your relationship, and to share feelings and experiences with other parents.
The group runs over 6 sessions. Each session lasts for 1.5 hours. Six to eight other parents and their babies will be in the group.
The next Together Time group will be at Loughborough Children’s Centre from October 2022.
At the group you'll find:
Together Time is designed to:
A professional can refer you, for example a health visitor, family worker, Stay & Play worker or social worker. Or you can get in touch yourself to sign up.
Once referred, someone from our team will contact you to tell you a bit more about the group and answer any questions that you might have. If you decide that you would like to go ahead with the group, they will ask you a little bit about you and your baby as a way of getting to know you.
We offer one-to-one sessions where we get to know each other and spend some time interacting with your baby or toddler. We will talk about your experiences, your hopes and day to day life.
We also get to know you and your child by watching you play together, thinking about how your child tries to communicate with you and behaves, and how you respond. You will also have a chance to discuss your experiences and what you and your baby need.
Sessions can take place at your home, at a children's centre, or other venue where you feel comfortable.
You can be referred by any professional that might be supporting you, for example a health visitor, family worker, stay and play worker or social worker. Or you can get in touch yourself to sign up.
Once referred someone from our team will contact you to tell you a bit more about the service and get to know you.
Get in touch, email: PAIRS_Lambeth@slam.nhs.uk or call: 020 3228 6771 / 07753 136 813
The relationship between you and your baby is vital to their development. This requires work and time, like all relationships. We understand that there might be things that get in the way of this.
We can work one-to-one with you and your child, or on your own if you're expecting a baby. You can also join a Together Time group, where you'll be able to share feelings and experiences with other parents.
Support from an interpreter can be provided if needed.
Watch our video to find out more from the team and parents who have taken part
LEAP runs PAIRS in partnership with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
We work with health visitors, midwives, social workers, children's centre teams and others to build a team around you and your child.