LEAP & other services supporting families & young children during the Covid-19 pandemic


Safer Families (Domestic Violence)

The Gaia Centre is operating and accepting referrals for phone-based support for Lambeth residents who are survivors of gender based violence, including domestic and sexual violence. This includes supporting people to flee and find alternative accommodation if they want this.

Contact the Gaia Centre to make a referral or for a survivor to self-refer: 020 7733 8724 / lambethvawg@refuge.org.uk.

If you are concerned about a LEAP family, please make direct contact with Thami, the Team Leader at Gaia (07741119886) or outreach workers Sian (07867462822) and Maria (07741119798). If a parent is in immediate danger encourage them to call 999, or call the police yourself.

Lambeth Council have produced a guide on Covid-19 and Violence Against Women and Girls. You can find information and resources, as well as details of where to find additional support on their website.

Another resource is the National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 200 247/ https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/. There are various ways to access confidential advice from the helpline and its number does not show on any itemised bill.

Overcrowded Housing

Professionals and parents can contact Family Housing Advisors to discuss what support and advice can be offered remotely.

For families living in Lambeth Council properties, contact Nicola Doal: 07740 745 620 / ndoal@lambeth.gov.uk.

For those in private rented properties, contact Trisan Gordon: 07944691679 / tgordon@lambeth.gov.uk.

Support is also available from the Council if you’re worried about your financial circumstances, becoming homeless, or are sleeping rough.

Nicola and Trisan are hosting ‘Meet the Lambeth Housing professionals’ series for practitioners in Lambeth, where you can meet managers from the Housing teams to give you insight into how the teams are structured and how they can support your clients during the Covid-19 crisis and in general. You can find more information on the training here.


Breastfeeding Peer Support

The Breastfeeding Peer Support Team are offering one to one telephone support, daily virtual drop-in groups and weekly volunteer-led Mother Circle groups every Tuesday evening at 8pm.

To join a drop-in  group or Mother Circle group online, email the team for joining details: lambethinfantfeedingservice@nhs.net

For one to one telephone support families can call 07394724599 Monday to Friday 9-2pm or email lamccg.lambethinfantfeeding@nhs.net and leave a message, the team will get back to you within 24 hours.

The team are accepting referrals as before, families can be referred both during pregnancy and at any point in the postnatal period. If you're a professional looking to refer you'll need to gain consent from the family and provide the Breastfeeding Team with a name, contact number and their postcode.

Contact information: lambethinfantfeedingservice@nhs.net

LEAP & Lambeth Breastfeeding Co-ordinator: Lisa Whipp 07394 724 599

Deputy Co-ordinator: Carla Agulhas 07566 263 560

Group listings can be found on Facebook www.facebook.com/lambethmilksp...  

Oral health

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all routine dental treatment has been suspended, In the case of a dental emergency families should contact their own dentist in the first instance, or call the NHS 111 helpline, or use the NHS 111 online service.

The Oral Health Team are offering phone support for families who would like advice about dental issues and how to access further help.

To access support from LEAP’s Oral Health Team call 07746979503 between 9am to 4pm or email Claire.benzies1@nhs.net 

Family Nutrition Service

The Family Nutrition Team are offering offering virtual group workshops as well as one to one support on any of our workshop topics, including:

  1. Fussy Eating

  2. Starting Solids

  3. Healthy Food Swaps

  4. Portion Sizes

Workshop dates and sign up are detailed here, or families and practitioners can get request support by contacting Harman on 0792 321 7516 or lambeth.support@henry.org.uk

Healthy Living Platform

Healthy Living Platform will be holding virtual sessions throughout the week including cooking tutorials, gardening masterclasses and physical activities and much more.

For weekly programmes, please check their website http://healthylivingplatform.org/ and their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheHealthyLivingPlatform/posts/

Contact information: Helen on 07701365551 or helenieleap@gmail.com


Parent and Infant Relationship Service (PAIRS)

The PAIRS team can provide one-to-one support via phone and video. New referrals from professionals are encouraged, and parents can also self-refer. The team will assess families’ current needs, discuss what support can be offered and put a plan in place.

The team has provided some advice on how to help babies and young children during the crisis.

Contact: 020 3228 6771 / PAIRS_Lambeth@slam.nhs.uk

Family Nurse Partnership

The team will accept referrals for under 19s but will triage for vulnerability; new referrals for 20-24 year olds have been suspended for now. Referrals are usually received from maternity services but other services can refer/signpost and clients can also self-refer.

Contact FNP for a referral form which includes an eligibility checker: 0203 049 5173 / gst-tr.lambethfnp@nhs.net.


Doorstep Library

Doorstep Library has moved their service online, with a weekly newsletter and online reading service for families. Every Tuesday, families will receive an email with ideas for education, advice and fun that are all home-based. 

On Thursdays they're sending their online reading offer, with storytime videos from Doorstep Library volunteers and staff, for ages 0-11. Their latest videos can be found here

Anyone can subscribe to the newsletter - you don't have to be enrolled with Doorstep Library. To subscribe just fill in your details.       


You can join live, virtual Chattertime sessions on the Evelina's Facebook page, Tuesdays at 10.30 and Thursdays at 2.15. Stories, singing and some activity ideas. We look forward to seeing you then! Everyone is welcome. https://www.facebook.com/EvelinaLondonSLT 

Visit the Evelina London Children’s Community Speech and Language Therapy Facebook and webpages for information about how you can get in touch for:

  • urgent specific queries, referrals or concerns about children on our caseload
  • some generic advice at a ‘virtual drop-in session’


If you are working and want any ideas or support for CLD, please get in touch with our Communication & Language leads: Jo Gordon: jgordon3@lambeth.gov.uk   07545862479 Jacqui McDermid: jmcdermid@lambeth.gov.uk  07525061850


Parent Champions

The Parent Champions Team will signpost other parents in the community to Early Years support services.

If you would like to communicate to parents in the community about a service that is available, please contact our Parent Champions team:

Catherine cwalsh@ncb.org.uk

or Kira kmontague@ncb.org.uk

Other organisations

For information on children's centres, early help, supportive organisations, and links to NHS and government advice, visit our Coronavirus news page.

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