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)
  • The Bubbles Group
  • Walk While you Wait (for Dads)
  • A brand new Virtual Support system for Mams (coming soon!)


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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.


Ward 35 Coffee Mornings

Coffee Mornings are held by Tiny Lives Staff every Wednesday Morning (11am – 1pm), 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. An amazing cake is donated each week by Geordie Bakers, just for this occasion!

Due to the current circumstances, Coffee Mornings are currently on hold, but we hope to have them running very soon! 


Meet, Chat, Learn 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 Boogie Bairns, to Paediatric First Aid and Baby Yoga. They are free-of-charge and the perfect way to bond with your baby and meet Neonatal parents in a supportive environment. For the latest programme please click here, for more information or to make a booking, please email meetchatlearn@tinylives.org.uk

Bubbles Group

The Bubbles Group is a support and developmental group facilitated by the Newcastle Community Nursing Team for parents whose babies have been discharged from Ward 35 at the RVI. They’re supported by Tiny Lives and host face-to-face baby and parents sessions and fortnightly online support sessions for parents to drop in, chat and ask questions. Face to face sessions are split into 2 age groups, 6 weeks corrected – 12months and 12-24 months to match appropriate activities.  Places are limited so booking is essential.

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



Support Group for Bereaved Parents

It’ s a sad fact of the Neonatal Unit that not every baby will make it home. The Bereavement Group is an informal, supportive group where parents can meet other parents who have spent time on Ward 35 with their baby or babies who have sadly died. The Bereavement Group also holds special sessions for bereaved siblings, helping them to remember and honour their lost sibling. This group is facilitated by staff from the Neonatal Unit and is supported by Tiny Lives.

Due to COVID-19 the Bereavement Group is currently on hold. However, you can access support through the Bereavement Team on the RVI Neonatal Unit, or get in touch with us directly on info@tinylives.org.uk and we can recommend some support.