Where can I find Support Groups?

Support Groups are a great way to meet other parents who ‘get’ the Neonatal journey, Tiny Lives helps to run a range of groups for various needs.

Peer Support

Peer Support can offer a vital community to Neonatal parents, connecting you with other Mams and Dads who understand all the ups, downs and quirks of the Neonatal Unit. We help to support various Peer Support groups for Ward 35 with financial and administrative aid. Current Peer Support initiatives include:

  • The SCBU Dads’ Team (specifically for Neonatal Dads)
  • Mam’s Chat (specifically for Neonatal Mams)
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Ward 35 Coffee Mornings

Coffee Mornings are held by Tiny Lives Staff every Wednesday morning (10:00 – 12:00), in the Ward 35 Family Room. It’s an informal chance to meet the Tiny Lives team for a chat, cuppa and slice of something delicious. Whether you’re interested in learning more about how we support the Unit, need some extra help or just want to chat all about your little one, we’re there to listen.


Meet, Chat, Learn Baby Classes

Looking to meet some other Ward 35 parents? Our Meet, Chat, Learn Classes are open exclusively to families from Ward 35 and range from Baby Yoga and Massage to Music, Movement and Sensory. They are free-of-charge and the perfect way to bond with your baby and meet Neonatal parents in a supportive environment.

For more information about classes and to book, please click here.

If you have any questions about our classes, please email meetchatlearn@tinylives.org.uk


Support Group for Bereaved Families

It’ s a sad fact of the Neonatal Unit that not every baby will make it home. The Family Bereavement Support Group is an informal, supportive group where families who have spent time on Ward 35 with their baby or babies who have sadly died can meet. The group is facilitated by staff from the Neonatal Unit and provides memory making activities for siblings helping them to remember and honour their lost sibling. The group is supported by Tiny Lives and a light lunch is provided.

If you are looking for a parent only support group, please email info@tinylives.org.uk where we can provide you with information of where these groups are available.

Saturday 6th April, 1 – 3pm (One Strawberry Lane)

Saturday 13th July, 1 – 3pm (One Strawberry Lane)

Saturday 23rd November, 1 – 3pm (Northern Stage)

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The Northern SCBU Buddy Group (Online)

The Northern SCBU Buddy Group is made up of former Neonatal parents from the Northern Neonatal Network. This includes the RVI, plus:

  • Cumberland Infirmary
  • West Cumberland Infirmary;
  • James Cook University Hospital;
  • Northumbria Hospital
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Darlington Memorial Hospital
  • Sunderland Royal Hospital
  • University Hospital North Durham
  • University Hospital North Tees


It’s a kind and supportive environment within a closed group, run by parents, for parents. You can request to join here.