Groups and Projects

Family groups                             

Colne Family Group

You and your children can come along and meet other families every Thursday morning at the Asda Community room.

Your children get chance to play, learn and have fun and you get the chance to meet and talk to other families whilst enjoying “a cuppa or 2”

Sharing your experiences and the issues affecting your family, can often make us realise that we are all facing similar issues and makes us feel less alone and can be helpful to others.

Exciting activities planned each week for you and your children to enjoy, as well as story/song time using our handmade story sacks and music bags.

Busy Bees

Busy Bees is a parent/carer support group, especially for children under the age of 5, where there is a concern over their development or they have additional needs.

The groups are a great place for the concerned parent, a relaxed non-judgemental atmosphere, support from others and a stimulating fun and positive play experience for the child

Groups will be taking place at

Colne Children’s centre – Mondays—9.30am—11.30am

The Family Tree Centre, Brierfield—Mondays 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Colne Children’s centre—Fridays 10.30am—12.30pm

The Thrive Centre – Clitheroe – Wednesdays 9.30am – 11.30am

Text Joanne on 07715635749 or Rachael 07702555078

Kinship Carers Groups

Are you looking after children from your extended family or a close friend? Do you have a Special Guardianship or Kinship order?

Would you like to meet others in a similar situation and support one another?

Why not join us for a once a month catch up, your children can play with others whilst you enjoy a brew and a chat.

We try to invite professionals into our sessions to give appropriate advice on each individual’s situations.

Our groups run at Colne Asda Community Room

For information on dates and times please contact

Text Joanne on 07715635749 or Rachael 0770255507

Butterfly friends

A safe place for parents who have suffered a loss, to come and speak freely to other parents. We simply get together, have a natter and some comfort food.

Each month we make keepsakes for your babies, to keep you occupied, whilst you chat.

Some of the meet ups will be supported by ‘Friends of Serenity’, when we could be helping to make memory boxes and miscarriage keepsakes, to help others the way they helped some of us, for the Lancashire Women and The Newborn Centre.

The first Thursday of every month 7pm – 9pm

St Peters Centre, Ground floor meeting room

Bump Start

Bump start is a group for mums to be and new mums to get together and promote friendships and wellbeing, get advice, reduce isolation and receive support from people that understand.                                                                                              Bump Start


Home-Start Plus

We are delighted to have had confirmation that The Big Lottery Fund has awarded us another three years funding for our work with families of children aged 5-13 years. The projects  covers all of East Lancashire

The project allows us to support families where children have started school or are at transition stage into high school. As children grow, parents face different issues and Home-Start East Lancs Plus aims to match families with a volunteer who can support parents through engaging with schools, understanding bullying, drugs, adolescent mental health and the minefield of social media. Volunteers encourage parents to develop good routines, discipline and communication with their children. Parents are encouraged to work closely with schools to help their child to attend, achieve and enjoy school life. A coordinator, project support worker and dedicated volunteers are there to provide reassurance and empathy.

Community Genetics

An award winning project funded by East Lancs CCG to help reduce infant mortality in the area. Three community genetics coordinators are based at Home-Start and work in East Lancashire. They aim to raise genetic literacy in the community on inherited disorders and are able to visit families in their own homes to provide information/support and access to the Genetic Counselling Service to individuals and families affected by autosomal recessive gene disorder. Anne Edington is the Senior Community Genetics Coordinator . You can find out more about the Community Genetics Project on the website: