Dr Bell’s Family Centre is where families with young children (under 5 years) facing multiple disadvantages and complex situations and circumstances can access a wide variety of support groups, social opportunities, drop-in services, and individual support services in a central and accessible place.
We work in partnership with other local organisations and in consultation with families to design and deliver services that make a real difference to those who find it the most difficult to access services or get the support they need. We deliver groups aimed at increasing parents’ employability chances, reducing anxiety and stress, better management of parenting challenges, giving social opportunities, improving health and wellbeing, and increasing family cohesion.
A key component to reducing barriers for parents with young children attending social and therapeutic groups and activity is our provision of childcare in the same building. Many parents in Leith do not have the support network available to them where they can find childcare that allows them to take part in activity that will improve their and their child’s life outcomes. By providing flexible childcare by motivated, experienced and qualified staff we can reach families who can most benefit.
At the heart of our Centre is our extremely popular Community Crèche providing high quality childcare at very affordable rates. It is available for all, but most crèche places are allocated to families where the children are most at risk of not getting a good start in life. Families are referred to us by social or health professionals.
We also offer family support - either on a one to one basis or through group work, which is often offered in conjunction with one of our many ;oca; partner organisations".