Services for Families

All our services have been created with Blackpool parents, for Blackpool parents. They range from antenatal classes at your local Children’s Centre, to services that help with heavier problems like addiction and anger in the home. We know that being a parent can be tough, Blackpool Better Start offer over 19 different programmes and activities that help lighten the load and support you in raising happy, healthy children.

Pregnant Women or Families With Children Under One

This 10 week perinatal course gives you the chance to meet other parents as well as professionals who can answer questions around labour, delivery, infant feeding and more.

For more information call 01253 955709
or email

If you have a young family or are expecting, the number of home visits from your Health Visitor has increased from 5 to 8.

For more information call 01253 955473

or email 

You can now register your baby’s birth at Talbot & Brunswick and Grange Park Children’s Centres.

To book an appointment, phone 01253 477177
or email

A parenting support group providing advice and information on baby carrying. The Sling Library helps families learn how to use slings and carriers safely and comfortably, and allows you to try out different types and styles of slings to see which one you want to use. Sessions are held every two weeks.

For more information go to
For more information call 07434 919790
or email

A volunteer service that provides support around infant feeding including breastfeeding, formula feeding as well as sleep.

For more information call 01253 476789
or email

Families With Children Under 4

Your local Children’s Centres offer childcare, playgroups, activity sessions, family events and professional advice and support on health and family matters. For the contact details of your local children’s centre, visit the Family Hubs Page

Being a Parent is an 8 week parenting course. The course helps parents learn how to communicate better in everyday situations to help bring up confident, happy and co-operative children.

For the latest course dates, email Sarah Greene at

Baby Rover is a clothing bank that offers high quality and low cost second-hand clothes for newborns to age 5. Baby Rover visits Blackpool Children’s Centres.

For dates and times of the Baby Rover sessions, contact His Provision at or call 01253 298774.

Blackpool Football Club Community Trust delivers free weekly healthy lifestyle sessions for families with children aged 2-4.

For more information call 01253 348691
or email

All Blackpool children under 5 years old are welcome to free NHS dental care, and StartingWell aims to help families access their local dental services and provide advice on how to keep children’s teeth healthy.

For more information call 0300 1234010
or email

Better Start Community Connectors provide training on how to brush teeth correctly and how to make it fun!

For more information, contact one of our Health Connectors on 01253 476789
or email

Through the year, Children’s Centres host a week of fun and free activities with themes based on children’s books. Families can join in storytelling and craft sessions, as well as getting out in the local parks and open spaces! For more information, contact your local Children’s Centre and ask about Literacy Week.

The Park Rangers bring science back into play with fun activities and sessions at local parks and open spaces. The Rangers have been trained in Forest School and offer weekly activities year-round, (whatever the weather!) including planting, crafts, and nature-themed foraging.

For more information call 01253 478358
or email

Dads and Male Role Models

A relaxed volunteering/social group for local dads and male carers. Get involved in local projects, learn new skills and take part in fun activities.

For more information contact Owen Hargreaves on 01253 476789
or email

FRED is a 4 week programme that encourages dads, grandads, big brothers and other male role models to read regularly with their children. Each group session is full of support and ideas, and everyone will receive a free story book as well as information on how to join your local library!

For more information contact Owen Hargreaves 01253 476789
or email


The Volunteer Academy is a volunteer service that helps you find and develop your skills as a volunteer. The VA provides training and support each step of the way to help you set goals and achieve them.

To learn more about the Volunteer Academy call 01253 301004
or email

A local volunteer group made up of local parents, grandparents and families that meets regularly to help Blackpool Better Start plan future services for Blackpool families with young children.

For more information call 01253 476789
or email

The Sport Blackpool Leadership Course is available to any parent, grandparent, family member or carer and specialises in early years activities for children aged 0-4 years old and volunteers gain a Level 1 Award in Sports Volunteering, and learn skills including officiating games, organising events, fundraising and communication. 

For more information call 01253 476789
or email

When you come to an Activity Budget Forum, you and other parents, carers and family members can suggest and apply for funded activities you want to see take place in the community. Blackpool Better Start and Community Voice members then consider your activity suggestions for funding. Your ideas can make a big difference at these sessions!

For information on attending the next session, contact 01253 476330
or email

Upcoming free events for Families

In light of national guidance we have had to postpone all Better Start organised events.

Any new information will be posted on our Facebook page, follow us on @BetterStartBlackpool


Thanks, Better Start Team

See full list of events here