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

Breastfeeding Peer Support

The Breastfeeding Peer Support Team are offering one to one telephone support and are also running daily virtual drop-in groups for families.

The virtual drop-in groups are being held using Zoom Meetings and take place Monday to Friday 11.00 - 11.45am using the following link (the same link is used for all meetings):


Meeting ID: 893 542 189

For one to one telephone support families can call 07394724599 Monday to Friday 9.00am - 2.00pm or email lamccg.lambethinfantfeeding@nhs.net and leave a message, the team will get back to them 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. To refer you will need to gain consent from the family and provide the Breastfeeding Team with a name, contact number and their postcode.

Contact information: lamccg.lambethinfantfeeding@nhs.net

LEAP & Lambeth Breastfeeding Co-ordinator: Lisa Whipp 07566 263 560

Deputy Co-ordinator: Carla Agulhas 07927 690 965

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

Family Nutrition

The Family Nutrition Team are offering telephone support to families on the following topics:

  1. Fussy Eating

  2. Starting Solids

  3. Healthy Food Swaps

  4. Portion Sizes

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

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.

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.

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.

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

CAMHS (not a LEAP service)

Routine CAMHS appointments are being held as phone reviews or video-calls although non-urgent appointments are subject to cancellation or rescheduling at short notice. Clinicians will decide whether urgent appointments need to be conducted face-to-face and will notify families accordingly. Families should not attend any face-to-face appointments if someone in the household has a cough, fever or shortness of breath, or may have been exposed to coronavirus.

Further information: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/children-young-people-and-families/mental-health-for-children-and-young

If a child has an urgent mental health crisis, parents should call Lambeth CAMHS 9-5pm on 0203 228 7370, and speak to the duty worker. Out of working hours, they can contact the dedicated SLAM Mental Health Crisis Line on 0800 731 2864 or NHS 111.


Lambeth Talking Therapies (not a LEAP service)

Lambeth Talking Therapies Service is part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service (IAPT). It is available to anyone 18 years and older registered with a Lambeth GP. IAPT offers talking therapies for people experiencing mild to moderate depression, general anxiety and worry, panic attacks, social anxiety, traumatic memories and obsessive compulsive disorder. They also support women experiencing perinatal mental health difficulties (pregnancy up to one year post-birth) and offer help with other problems including anger, eating, and relationship or sexual difficulties.

More information about treatment types (currently offered online and via phone/Skype) is available here: https://slam-iapt.nhs.uk/lambeth/treatment-types/

Adults can find out more and self-refer online here: https://slam-iapt.nhs.uk/lambeth/welcome-to-lambeth-talking-therapies-service/


Mental health crisis support for adults in Lambeth (not a LEAP service)

Please find details of local services here: https://www.slam.nhs.uk/patients-and-carers/crisis-support.

Key sources of help:

  • SLaM 24-hour mental health support line for patients and carers: 0800 731 2864
  • NHS 111
  • 999 in emergencies
  • 24-hour Accident and Emergency psychiatric liaison service at St Thomas’ Hospital and King’s College Hospital.


Cocoon Family Support online group (not a LEAP service)

Cocoon Family Support has created an online support group for any expectant or new(ish) parent in the London area struggling with their mental wellbeing. Parents can join every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. via Zoom (app can be downloaded onto phone, tablet or computer) to discuss all things pregnancy, new parenthood and mental health related. The group will be led by an experienced and trained peer supporter.

 More information: https://cocoonfamilysupport.org/

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/263329262


HelpHub (not a LEAP service)

HelpHub is a group of qualified therapists who are giving their time freely during the Covid-19 pandemic to people who feel isolated and fearful. Individuals will be able to book a 20 minute chat on Skype, FaceTime or on the telephone. The website under construction as of 24th March but appointments should be bookable very soon: https://www.thehelphub.co.uk/


MumsAid (not a LEAP service)

MumsAid is offering two groups to enhance creativity, mindfulness and self-compassion during the Covid-19 pandemic. They are welcoming mums and pregnant women across the country to join MumsAid’s Online Journalling Group and the Mama Tune Online Chorus. Absolutely no skill or previous experience is necessary to join.

More information: ali@mums-aid.org / http://www.mums-aid.org    

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.

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

Catherine: cwalsh@ncb.org.uk

or Kira: kmontague@ncb.org.uk

Communication and Language Development

In light of current coronavirus/covid-19 government recommendations, all face-to-face services are suspended.

If you are working and want any ideas or support for CLD, please get in touch.

CLD leads
Jo Gordon: jgordon3@lambeth.gov.uk   07545862479
Jacqui McDermid: jmcdermid@lambeth.gov.uk  07525061850

Other organisations

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