Two tots and more

Home-start Southwark baby and toddler group for twins and multiples

Home-Start Southwark receives many referrals for “another pair of hands” from parents of twins, triplets and even quads. Although we are happy to offer volunteer support, what many of these parents asked about was whether there was a group they could attend locally.

In response, we approached Ivydale Children’s Centre who  were happy to accommodate us.

On arrival, parents are helped inside and any newcomers are introduced to the other parents\carers, who are always warm and welcoming. Multiple birth families face a number of unique challenges, so this is a time for them to talk about how they are doing and gain tips from each other on sleeping patterns, development, useful equipment etc.  It also provides a brief respite from the constant demands of the babies, as the workers and parents all keep a watchful eye out.

We have regular visits from local practitioners, who give information and guidance and answer any questions or concerns.

Last summer, we made the most of the fine weather and held a picnic on Peckham Rye park. We also booked Darwin court for a swim session and, with the help of volunteers and staff, the babies had their first swim! The parents have really taken ownership of their group and between them organise  ‘Swap and Share Days’ when they bring in used clothes, toys and equipment.

Home-Start are always looking for volunteers to support families across Southwark. If you are able offer your time now or in the future please get in touch. Your experience, friendship and support could make a huge difference to the life of a struggling parent. You’ll receive full training, be part of a friendly, professional organisation and make lots of new friends. Give us a call on 0207 358 6698.

Cheryl Parkinson


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