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East Riding of Yorkshire Council – The Right Bin for Family Waste

If you are a family in the East Riding, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council are aiming to encourage and help residents to use the correct bins for family waste. East Riding residents are currently the top recyclers in the country (out of 380 authorities in England) at 65.4% of all household waste being recycled, which is fantastic. Let’s try to increase this even more by making sure the right waste is going in the right bin, to keep the blue bin material as clean as possible.

You can read the Mumbler blog about nappies here.

If you have a large, young family and need more, any residents who feel they are struggling with their current bin capacity should contact (01482) 393939 or wastewatchers@eastriding.gov.uk for advice and help.

You can find more information on their website here.

east riding council waste recycling


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Fatima Allam Birth Centre

The Fatima Allam Birth Centre is an Alongside Midwifery Led Unit situated on the Labour & Delivery Suite on the 2nd floor of the Hull Women & Children’s Hospital. The environment is more homely, and the focus is on birth without medical intervention. Our ethos puts women at the centre of their own care; supporting them in making decisions about how they want to give birth whilst ensuring safe and high quality care is maintained.

The Birth Centre is staffed 24 hours by midwives who provide midwifery led one-to-one care to women who have uncomplicated pregnancies. We have a team of midwifery assistants working on the Birth Centre who work in partnership with women and midwives to provide supportive, individualised care.

There are 3 en-suite birthing rooms that are designed for women to stay in throughout labour, birth and after birth until transfer home or to the postnatal ward should this be required. Two birth partners (adults) can be present throughout your whole stay here on the Fatima Allam Birth Centre.

The Fatima Allam Birth Centre has a friendly home-from-home atmosphere which can help women feel more relaxed. The spacious birthing rooms are beautifully presented with dimmed and coloured mood lighting, with facilities to allow women to play their own music via CD or Bluetooth.

Each room has a birthing pool providing women with the option of using water to assist their movement, encourage relaxation during labour and birth. The Fatima Allam Birth Centre is an ideal place for healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies, who do not want a home birth, and yet don’t want or need a hospital-like facility. Women may consider birthing here if they would like to use different coping methods such as birthing mats, balls and stools; these help women to adopt different positions to aid their comfort throughout labour and birth. We also support the personal use of complementary therapies and TENS machines which have been agreed in the plan of care made by the woman and her midwife.

If you’re a healthy first time mum and having a straightforward pregnancy, planning to give birth in a birth centre is particularly suitable for you because it’s as safe for your baby as planning to give birth in a labour ward, and you’re less likely to have medical interventions. Similarly if this is your second, third or fourth baby then birth in a birth centre is as safe as giving birth in a labour ward but with a reduced chance of medical interventions. If you’re unsure about being eligible for a birth centre birth please speak to your midwife or contact 01482 607860.


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Kerry O’Neill – Sleep Nanny Consultant

Does your little one wake frequently in the night? Do they need your help getting to sleep at bedtime? Or are they up early in the morning, ready to start the day when you really aren’t?

Are you dreaming of a good night’s sleep but just don’t know where to start?

I’m here to help you and your child get the sleep you need – your child can happily fall asleep on their own, and you can both wake up in the morning feeling refreshed after a good night’s sleep. I’m a qualified Sleep Nanny consultant and will design a gentle, responsive and bespoke plan that’s right for your child, and you as a family, and support you with implementing that plan.

If you’re ready to take the next step, or even if you’d just like to know a bit more about how I can help you, then please book a free 15 minute call with me. Call 07841107729 or email kerryoneill@sleepnanny.co.uk. Or you can find lots more information on her website here and you can follow her on facebook here. Kerry covers all areas of the UK and helps families across the country. Read Kerry’s Top Tips blog on Mumbler here.


All Breastfeeding Support Groups

This is the latest ‘pink sheet’ (December 2018) with details of all breastfeeding support groups in Hull and East Riding:

breastfeeding hull east riding pink sheet


Andys Man Club Hull

#AndysManClub is a group for men to go and talk. The single biggest killer of mun under 45 in the UK is suicide. Andys Man Club aims to help change this by encouraging men to talk and making a forum for men in Hull to go and have a conversation with other men.

Meets every Monday at 7pm at the Airco Business Lounge, Goulton Street, Hull, HU3 4DL. For more information email them on info@andysmanclub.co.uk or find out more on their website here. 


Child Dynamix – Bump to Baby & Beyond

For mums to be from your 2nd and 3rd trimester through to your child’s infancy, living in HU8 and HU9 postcodes.

We know pregnancy can be an exciting time but it can also be overwhelming. Supporting you in pregnancy with personalised care, help with appointments, emotional support, advice on how to keep your baby safe in the home. Here for those that need extra help.

We can offer you friendly individual support, support in friendly groups, baby workshops and massage, understanding what to expect and when, someone to listen, meet and make friends.

To find out more or join us contact Sophie Garner, Child Dynamix, 95 Preston Road, Hull, HU9 3QB. on 01482 790277 or email sophie.garner@childdynamix.co.uk.


Child Dynamix – Parent Peer Mentoring

We are the Parent Peer Mentor team and we work with parents across Hull who have a child between 10 – 16 years who need one to one support. We recruit volunteer mentors who will support parents in their home over 6 sessions or more if needed . Parents can self-refer or be referred by schools or any other organisations.

We are looking for –

  1. parents who would like support
  2. parents who would like to do something new and rewarding by becoming a volunteer mentor.

Please call 01482 799070 and talk to Liz if you are interested or email liz.hammond@childdynamix.co.uk or info@childdynamix.co.uk. Or visit the website for more info.


Connect Well Hull

Connect Well Hull is a friendly, free and confidential service for people living in Hull and are registered with a Hull GP.

They help people manage their health better and improve wellbeing by providing advice and supporting them to access local community groups, activities and services. You can access a Wellbeing Co-ordinator who can help you find out what organisations can benefit you or a Welfare Adviser who offer advice on a wide range of issues from money to family problems, to benefits, housing and employment.

Appointments can be made on their website here or call 01482 2176670 or email enquiries@connectwellhull.org.uk


Dental Care for Mother and Baby

The Oral Health Foundation promotes better oral health for all. They have a Dental Helpline, a confidential and independent advice service available from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, which you can call for any dental advice on 01788 539780, or visit their website here lots of information.

The City Healthcare Partnership CIC in Hull and the East Riding also has lots of useful information, have a look at their website here. Their Dental Services can be contacted on 01482 247111 or you can email the Oral Health Promotion Team at CHCP.oralhealth@nhs.net or text TOOTH to 61825.

Dental care is FREE for all pregnant women and for women until their baby is 1 year old. Dental care is FREE for all children, including up to 18 years if they are in full time education.


East Riding Health Visitors and School Nurses- ISPHNS

East Riding health visitors and school nurses (ISPHNS) have set up a Facebook page
to share health information on details of other community support groups.

To follow their page and see their info find them on facebook here. Don’t forget that facebook have changed what they show people in their newsfeeds and are now only showing you friends and family posts, not business or organisations pages posts. To get the ISPHNS page posts into your newsfeeds please click to follow them then change the notification settings to ‘standard’ instead of the default ‘highlights’.


Family Fund

Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants to families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.

For more information contact them on 01904 550055 or email info@familyfund.org.uk


FISH – Family Information Service Hub, East Riding

The Family Information Services Hub (FISH) at East Riding of Yorkshire Council have lots of useful information for families.

Including: details about the 30 hours free childcare –

30 hours leaflet


Fitmums & Friends – In the Pink Support Scheme

Want to be more active? Need a helping hand to get started? Fitmums & Friends can help.

Fitmums & Friends offers a range of fitness walking, running, buggy and cycling sessions across Hull and East Yorkshire. And there’s no need to turn up on your own. If you’d like a helping hand to get to your first sessions, we can put you in touch with one of our volunteers who will meet you, support you and help you on your way. Our sessions are friendly, supportive and suitable for everyone – no need to be a mum or fit – men are welcome too and all ages (over 16 years).
Find out more on their website here, call 07708 324018 or email admin@fitmums.org.uk.


Food for Thought

Hull Kingston Rovers, Craven Park, Hull.

Are you aged over 16 and want help and support with getting fitter and feeling healthier? Well, let us introduce you to Food For Thought! The Hull KR Community Trust and offers free fitness classes three times a week to help people to become more active.

Beginners classes take place every Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm to 6.30pm, with intermediate classes then running from 6.45pm to 8pm. A mixed class for all abilities runs every Saturday lunchtime from 12 noon to 1pm.

The Food For Thought project was recently awarded £50,000 of National Lottery funding.
There is no need to book, simply turn up on the day. However, if you’d like more information, please call 01482 780908 or email community@hullkr.co.uk


Good Egg Car Safety – Car Seats

The Good Egg Safety give free advice on how to fit and use baby and children’s car seat correctly. They have a free downloadable guide and lots of advice on their website. They also run several car seat clinics around Hull throughout the year, you can find their next ones by visiting their website events page here.


Happy Hands – Deaf Parent & Children Group

A new forum for parents and children at the Hull Deaf Centre, 63 Spring Bank, Hull, HU3 1AJ.

On the first Friday of the month, 12-2pm, term time only.

For parents and expectant parents. Bumps, newborns and pre-schoolers welcome. Chat, socialise and share wisdom with other deaf parents. Bring along your little ones to play as you chat. BSL interpreter will be present. Great facilities, refreshments, free parking.


Home Start

Home Start are the UKs leading family support charity.

They help parents build better lives for their children in the local communities. Their support helps –

  • Reduce family isolation and increase social support networks
  • Strengthen parent-child relationships
  • Improve parents physical and emotional health
  • Develop and improve parenting skills
  • Improve the home environment
  • Improve children’s health, well being and development
  • Increase access to health, education and community services

Find out more about the service provided in Hull by calling 0800 0686368 or visit https://www.home-start.org.uk/


House of Light – Counselling for Post Natal Depression

House of Light, Ignite Centre, Linnaeus Street, Hull, HU3 2QA.

House of Light are a local charity who offer a warm, welcoming environment to support women through this difficult time. They have supported 1000’s of women and their families affected by antenatal and postnatal depression and anxiety since 2007. 1 in 7 women develop postnatal depression following the birth of their child, you are not alone.

Pregnancy, birth and parenthood is a time of huge change and can feel overwhelming. They are there to help. They also offer a general counselling service. Call them on 01482 580499, freephone 0800 0432031, email help@pndsupport.co.uk or text 07854 220790. You can also find out more on their website here.

They also have a regular meet-up group, open to all parents antenatal or postnatal who are feeling anxious, overwhelmed or who just want to touch base and make connections with others who have similar experiences. £1 donation to hope cafe and session is supported by 2 house of light counsellors. Springville Methodist Church, Hull Road, Hessle, HU13 9NP, Wednesdays 9.30 – 11.30.


Hull & East Riding Sling Library

The Hull & East Riding Sling Library hire out slings for you to wear your baby in. They offer advice on the right sling and help with fitting. Regular sessions are held in Hull, Willerby, Beverley and Hessle. It’s run by Jill Harrison, for more info and to contact her call 07865046999, email jill.herslings@gmail.com or visit her website here. 

The Hessle session is usually the 4th Saturday of the month, 10-12 at Tower Hill Methodist Church, Hessle. They offer advice and hire of slings and carriers for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, including free hire of stretchy wraps to babies under 6 weeks of age.


Hull KR – Learn with the Robins and Try for Success

Hull Kingston Rovers Ground, Craven Park, Preston Road, Hull.

Learn with the Robins provides support in a relaxed environment to help you into work or training. Our dedicated staff can work with you on an individual basis and support you with searching for a job, composing a CV, cover letter, developing your interview techniques and confidence building. For anyone aged 16+. Ongoing one to one appointments available and drop in sessions held every Wednesday at 1pm-4pm. For more info contact Nick Todd or Ian Watson on Nick.Todd@hullkr.co.uk
or Ian.Watson@hullkr.co.uk

Try for Success – a variety of volunteering opportunities for young people and adults across all parts of the Trust including match day opportunities. Current roles available are:

  • Match Day Experience Makers – You will be helping the Trust deliver match day activities for children and young people taking part as mascots, flag bearers, flag wavers and organising parades around the pitch.
  • Heritage Ambassadors – Supporting the Trust’s growing heritage programme which includes stadium tours, heritage events and work in schools.
  • Club Mascot (Rufus) – To represent the Club as Rufus Robin at any events which have been pre-booked with the Hull KR Community Trust or Club. This must be carried out maintaining the character and behaviour of the official Rufus mascot and within the ethos of the Club and Trust.
  • Administration – Assisting the office team with any administration duties seen as appropriate, contributing to the efficient running of the Community Trust for one morning or afternoon a week.

Suitable or anyone age 14+. Please contact Jodie Hammond for more info on Jodie.Hammond@hullkr.co.uk

Also Heritage Project for all age groups, which includes:

  • heritage events which take place monthly at the stadium
  • free stadium tours
  • volunteering opportunities
  • creative writing and oral history workshops

Held on the last Wednesday of every month at 7pm. Free. For more info contact Craig Spivey on Craig.Spivey@hullkr.co.uk 


Hull Women’s Aid

Hull women’s aid provides safe accommodation for women and children fleeing domestic abuse where they will receive help and support.

We have a Floating Support service for women who have experienced domestic abuse on a 1-1 basis in their own home, providing both emotional and practical support. Alongside this is the Outreach service offering the support for women in temporary accommodation. We also offer a children and young person’s service support for both females and males up to the age of 25. This can be done either 1-1 or sibling group work.

Our advice line is 01482 446099 or visit our website here for more info.


Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

There is a wealth of information about keeping your family safe from fire on the Humberside fire and rescue website here, such as fitting smoke alarms and fire prevention.

You can also call for free safety advice for you and your family on 0300 3038242.


In Our Place – Free Parenting Guides

Gain more confidence as a parent-to-be, parent, grandparent and carer and try these free handy parenting guides full of top tips and advice.

Children do not come with instructions or a handbook. ‘Understanding Your Pregnancy’, ‘Understanding Your Baby’ and ‘Understanding Your Child’ are a set of three online guides with useful hints, tips and support from pregnancy through to children aged 18.

These guides are free for Hull residents and are available to use by going to www.inourplace.co.uk and use the access code FREEDOM.


Milk & Therapy 

960a Anlaby Road, Hull, HU4 6AH.
A unique centre based in West Hull offering infant feeding support, gentle sleep workshops, reflux and allergy support Cranial Sacro Fascial Therapy for infants and children. Also featuring a drop in weigh in clinic, nursing supplies such as breast pumps, bras and more.

Seams Impossible

Seams Impossible by Sophie Green
We are a Hull based made to order company that specialises in clothing to accommodate children with skin conditions and other additional needs. These include features such as magnet fastenings for easy access and dressing for children with additional needs. However we also cater for everyone. Please email


Single Parent Project

Are you between 16 and 29 and need guidance as a single parent? The Single Parent Project can help with employability, further training and qualifications, volunteering and confidence building, work placements, advice and guidance and personalised one to one support. A key worker will help your educational and employment goals and any barriers such as financial, mental health and housing. It includes regular, informal learning sessions.

The Single Parent Project works in partnership with the Goodwin Development Trust group of Children’s Centres offering support such as family support, midwifery, doula and breastfeeding support, sexual health, health and smoking cessation.

For more info on the Single Parent Project contact the Goodwin Team on 01482 485958 or email pburchfield@goodwintrust.org / tvinson@goodwintrust.org