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Parenting Support


Are you a parent or pregnant and would like support to make positive changes around your alcohol or drug use or gain confidence in your parenting skills? If yes, please read on…


Parenting Support provides the following services for parents - please ring us on 0117 987 6009 if you'd like advice on what support is right for you.

Parenting Workshops

If you are a parent who is working towards recovery from alcohol or drug use then our workshops can support you in gaining confidence in your parenting skills. You are welcome to attend if you are a pregnant or a parent - whether you have contact with your child but do not live with them, or have children living with you.

The workshops will be held in a friendly environment and will include one 2-hour session each week, for 6 weeks. They will be held at Bdp and other Bristol locations. 

Topics will include:

  • Praise and encouragement
  • Boundaries and routines
  • The effects of parental substance misuse
  • Play, activities and communities
  • Healthy families
  • Time for me and action plan

A creche is available for under 5s on request. Please contact us on 0117 9876009 to find out the workshops dates and times or to book a place.

Intensive Family Support

Bdp's Parent Support Workers can support you in making positive changes for you and your children. We can support you around your alcohol or drug use and parenting; or with goals such as finding out what resources are available for parents and children in your local area; helping you talk to your social worker or support around difficult relationships. The Intensive Family Support service can work flexibly with your needs.

This service is for parents who live with their children and where there is a child protection plan in place through Children and Young People’s services. At this time, you may feel that you need some support to make changes.  We will visit you at home regularly for 3- 6 months so that we can work towards goals that are important to you. 

If you are a professional and would like to make a referral to the Intensive Family Support service, please download a ROADS referral form and return it to us by post, marked private & confidential to The Assessment Team, Bdp, 11 Brunswick Square, Bristol, BS2 8PE. If you would like to discuss a referral, please ring The Family Team on 0117 9876009. 

Fathers R Important group

The group meets fortnightly on a Wednesday, 11am to 1pm at Bdp.

Dads are important too. As well as providing support to dads through the Intensive Family Support service and parenting workshops, this group provides practical and emotional support to dads and step-dads. Dads who live with and dads who don’t live with their children are welcome. Click on the link below for the latest schedule flyer.

Parenting Support is part of Bdp’s Family Team which also provide services for children living with substance misusing parents. Please see the Mentoring and Youth Group section of the website for more information, or call the Family Team on 0117 9876009. 

Women’s Morning

Every Wednesday 11am to 1pm at Bdp, 11 Brunswick Square

Bdp's women-only drop-in sessions are open to any woman who has concerns about her alcohol or drug use. You can meet with a Bdp worker for advice and information and spend time with other women who are in a similar situation to you. A programme of activities, including arts and crafts, pampering sessions, guest-speakers and complementary therapies is provided, as well as free refreshments and a creche for under 5s. For more information, click through to our Women's Services Page or use the link below to download the forthcoming events.