Small Steps at Home

Our team of friendly Family Mentors are on hand to help you and your family adjust to life with a new baby.


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All parents face similar challenges when adapting to life with a new baby. Whether it’s feeding, sleeping, or teething, we'd all like a little bit of friendly help sometimes.

SSBC’s team of Family Mentors deliver a free programme called Small Steps At Home which helps mums and dads in local communities share their experience of parenting.

What is a Family Mentor?

  • Family Mentors  are parents or grandparents who have lots of experience of working with other families.
  • They can offer friendly advice and support on a range of different topics, including: feeding, weaning and teething, sleeping, bonding and play, toilet training, and tummy time.
  • They offer home visits or they can meet you in community venues – whichever you prefer. You can arrange meetings around your schedule.
  • Family Mentors are not just for new parents. They support all parents – whether it’s your first child or not.
  • They’re not just for mums! They are there to support dads/male carers and the whole family.
  • Their advice is based on the latest evidence in child development.
  • Family Mentors also deliver free  groups and activities in your area, including Baby Massage and Cook & Play.

How do I get a Family Mentor?

You are entitled to a Family Mentor if you live in an SSBC area: Aspley, Bulwell, Hyson Green & Arboretum, or St Ann’s. The service is completely free for all eligible families. 

If you live in  an SSBC area you will be contacted by SSBC before your baby is due (at around 32 weeks). If you have recently moved to the area with a child under one, you can contact us. We will be able to give you more information – if you’d like to go ahead, we’ll pass on your details to your local Family Mentor team.