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Having a new baby can take some adjusting too, Hartlepool Health Visiting Service are here to help answer any questions parents may have and offer support if you are finding things difficult.  Please read the information below on common issues following the birth of your baby.

Food Bank Services

Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Food banks rely on food donations to feed local people in crisis.  

Care professionals such as Doctors, Health Visitors, Social Workers, Citizens Advice Bureau staff, the Police and Probation Officers amongst others identify people in crisis and issue them with a food bank voucher.

Food bank clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be exchanged for three days supply of emergency food. Volunteers meet clients and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem.

Further information can be found in the links below.

Trussell Trust Foodbank

Food Connect Foodbank

Hartlepool Foodbank

School Uniform Recycling Scheme

The Children's Hub run a free school uniform recycling scheme.  They can help if you are struggling to afford uniforms for your children and have a range of good quality clothing in different sizes and colours. Contact The Children's Hub on 01429 284284.

A number of schools in Hartlepool also run their own recycling schemes.

School Uniform Recycling

Click here for some really good video clips to help understand child development and the importance of play on your child’s brain development.

This local website provides support to suffers of postnatal depression and their families: