Parents Oxford

Support & Services

Autism Family Support Oxfordshire

We use understanding, expertise, and a lot of fun and care to support the development and well-being of children and young adults on the autism spectrum, and their families. We aim to provide autism-specific information, advice and support to parent/carers, as well as linking you with similar parents and children if you wish. We also run youth groups and holiday activities.

01844 338696 (someone is usually in the office on Monday to Wednesday 8:30-4:30 term-time)

Citizen’s Advice Bureau – Oxford

Citizens Advice provide free, independent and confidential advice and support. If you are in difficulty, or think you might soon be, then please do contact us now to get support and advice about how to make things better for yourself. Anyone can use our service at any time to overcome problems related to family, debt, benefits, employment, housing and a number of other issues.

95/96 St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1DA

03444 111 444

Donnington Doorstep Family Centre

Donnington Doorstep is an independent, community-based family centre delivering a range of universal and specialist services. Set up in 1984 by local parents who knew that caring for children can be hard – we’re a home from home drop-in for children, young people and their families as well as a hub for local community activity. From our purpose-built centre in East Oxford our activities focus on play, food, support and community development.

Townsend Square, Oxford, OX4 4BB

01865 727721


Drop-in Play – Mondays and Wednesdays 10.00am-2.00pm (Doorstep Kitchen offers healthy snacks and lunches at 12 noon)

Bumps to Babies – Mondays: 10.30-12.00 – midwife drop-in including breastfeeding support. 07901707905

Baby group – Tuesdays 11.30-1.30 – lots of sensory and soft play, where mums and babies can get involved in lots of tummy time play as well have a chance to speak with family support on any support or advice they may need. There will tea, coffee and cake to buy. ÂŁ1.50 suggested donation

Youth Project – Tuesdays & Wednesdays 5.30 – 7.30pm. Young people age 8-18 are welcome to drop in for play, activities and support.

Parenting Programme – we offer a regular 10 week parenting course aimed at families who feel they need some extra help to bring them together and move forwards with tough issues.

We also run a pre-school – click here for more info.

Down’s Syndrome Oxford

Down’s Syndrome Oxford is a charity organised and funded by volunteer parents and supporters to provide information, support and activities for children and adults with Down’s Syndrome and their families living in Oxfordshire. Members of DSO are children and adults with Down’s Syndrome, their parents, carers and supporters of the charity plus many key professionals such as physiotherapists, pre-school teacher councilors, teaching assistants, health visitors and other people working in the community.

Mummy Buddy

The Social enterprise ‘Mummy Buddy’, often referred to as a lifeline for new mums. Whether you are pregnant/a new mum/ or a local mum just wanting to come a long to meet some like minded friends for a coffee and a chat; you are all welcome!

92, London Road, Oxford, OX3 9AJ

WHEN: Every last Thursday of the month (30th May, 27th June, 25th July, 29th August, 26th September)

TIME: 13.00-15.00

It’s all FREE. No name badges or awkward ice breakers….!

Nurturing Mothers – Getting comfortable with good enough

Postnatal course for mothers and babies led by clinical psychologists Rebecca Knowles Bevis and Guinevere Webster. For mothers at any stage after birth, babies very welcome. A supportive space to reflect on this momentous transition and grow into mothering. Each session includes: practical techniques for self-care, baby-bonding activities and information on mother-baby development.

Thursdays 12.45-2.15 pm in OX4 3PG. ÂŁ85 for 8 sessions.

07968 215030

Oxford ADHD Centre

Oxford ADHD Centre is the first specialist independent clinic in Oxford for children and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related conditions, such as specific learning difficulties, anxiety and depression. We are able to offer assessments and also ongoing management and follow-up, including treatment with medication if appropriate. We also offer support groups and a specially adapted parenting course and workshops.

01865 744144

Oxford Families Need Fathers

The UK’s leading shared parenting charity, Families Need Fathers provides information and support to parents of either sex. FNF is chiefly concerned with the problems of maintaining a child’s relationship with both parents during and after family breakdown.

Meetings held on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm in Cowley. There is a review on the previous month, then you are given the opportunity to voice views and experiences. Help and advice given when appropriate.

07813 050735 or 07921 857558

Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline

The Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline can provide emotional support and practical information for adults affected by domestic abuse. It works with victims to empower them to make decisions regarding their relationship, irrespective of whether they wish to leave or not. The helpline can help with any enquiries that you may have and provide access to support services. It is free and will not show on your home telephone bill but may appear on an itemised mobile phone bill.

Helpline number: 0800 731 0055 (Monday to Friday 10.00am-6.00pm and Saturday 10.00am-4.00pm)

Oxfordshire Family Support Network

Oxfordshire Family Support Network is a not-for-profit organisation run by and for family carers of people with learning disabilities – both children and adults. We provide the families of people with learning disabilities with:

  • accurate and up-to-date information about the issues that affect them;
  • training and support to become effective advocates for themselves and those they care for;
  • a platform to ensure their voices are heard by those responsible for designing and delivering services.

07891 734987

Oxford Parent Infant Project (OXPIP)

Provides specialist therapeutic support, from conception to 2 years, for infants and  parents who are in need of assistance for issues such as establishing and building close nurturing relationships,  depression and anxiety, birth trauma, loss, or unresolved issues from parents’ own early lives. Based at the Kidlington Centre. Call 01865 778034.


South Oxford Family Room

Whitehouse Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 4QH

01865 242900


Stay and Play
Mondays and Fridays 9.30-12 (ÂŁ1.50 suggested donation for those that can afford it). Snack food supplied by Oxford Food Bank. The Story Museum will be there every other Friday!

Oxford Breastfeeding Support Stay & Play
Tuesdays 10-12 (with Well Baby Clinic health visitor drop-in 11-12)

Family fun / Saturdads session
3rd Saturday of the month 10-1 – outdoor play, messy play, snack time.

SEND Drop-in with Guest Speakers
Drop-in session for families with children with SEN. 3rd Monday of the month 12.30-2.30. Check SOFR Facebook page for details of sessions.

Young Parents drop-in session
Second and fourth Fridays of the month 12.30-2.30.

SUMMER HOLIDAYS – sessions running as normal except: no session on Tuesday 30th July or Tuesday 27th August and closed for Bank Holiday Monday 26th August.