Peer Support

Connecting you with other parents who have been through the Neonatal Unit.

SCBU Dad’s Team

As a Dad, you may have a completely different emotional experience to a Mam when your child has to spend time on the Unit. The Dad’s Team helps to address this and offers support in a friendly, informal environment.

The team is made up of Dads who have experienced life on the Unit, who will be chatting to and offering support to dads that are currently on the Neonatal Unit with their child. Meetings are very relaxed and all Dads are welcome. They also have a closed Facebook page for extra support and a mobile number (07305869344) which you can call at any time (please leave a message and one of the Dads Team volunteers will aim to get back to you within 48hrs).

Due to current circumstances, Dads Team meetings are currently via Zoom. You can email for the link or more info. 

If you’re interested in becoming a Peer Support Volunteer for the Dad’s Team, you can join the waiting list here.

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The Bubbles Group

The Bubbles Group is a support and developmental group facilitated by the Newcastle Community Nursing Team and the Central Community Family Hub. They’re supported by Tiny Lives and host weekly face-to-face baby and parents sessions for Newcastle parents whose babies have been discharged from Ward 35 at the RVI. They also run regular online support sessions for parents outside of the Newcastle area (eg. North Tyneside or Gateshead), or those who are not comfortable attending face-to-face sessions yet.

For more information please download this leaflet or email You can also sign up to the group by completing this form.

Walk While you Wait

We have supported the SCBU Dad’s Team to create Walk while you Wait, a new peer support system. It buddies up new Dads with an experienced Dad from the Team to meet for a walk in a local park or hospital grounds, whilst enjoying a coffee and a supportive, friendly chat with someone who has been through the Neonatal experience. Find out more here.



Riverside Buggy Walks for Ward 35 Mams

We know how hard it has been for new Mams being unable to meet up face-to-face with other Mams to chat about experiences and share valuable new Mam ‘hints and tips’. As the weather improves and restrictions lift, we want to give Ward 35 Mams the opportunity to meet up for a Riverside Buggy Walk with Tiny Lives staff and our Peer Supporters.  Walks are limited to groups of 6 Mams plus babies to ensure we can keep socially-distanced whilst still able to chat. You can find out more here.

Riverside Buggy Walks will return in the Spring. An indoor replacement session called Stay and Play is currently running in its place for the winter months. 

Dedicated Peer Support for Mams – Coming Soon

We’re currently working on a brand new Peer Support scheme just for Ward 35 Mams. Please watch this space for more information coming soon! If you’re interested in becoming a Peer Support Volunteer for the Mam’s Group, you can apply here. 

You can contact the Mam’s Group via or by calling 07871691668 (a volunteer peer supporter will aim to get back to you within 48hrs).