Being a parent is the most important job on earth, but we all know it can be challenging at times. With the help of our incredible volunteers, our local NCT communities help you to combat isolation, make new friends, share stories and information, and most importantly, have fun with your baby.

Our support is slightly different at the moment. To find out what activities are available for parents in the Covid-19 crisis, see here.

Mothers with babies at a cafe

"Once Mark went back to work, I felt incredibly lonely. I had a crying baby and was very, very tired. I almost lost sight of who I was. My confidence was low. A friend told me about NCT’s new mums coffee morning. It took a bit of courage, and a lot of make-up, but I found myself walking into a café of mums with babes in arms like me. The volunteer was super welcoming and kind. Before too long I was hearing stories that sounded so familiar it made me laugh. I realised, I was not alone."

– Amy, new mum (Nuneaton)

Local parent support activities


Parent meet-up


NCT meet-ups are a chance for expectant parents and those with babes in arms to get together and informally share stories about their parenting adventures. These can be held in someone's home or a local café or similar.


Two mums breastfeeding

Breastfeeding support groups

It can take time to feel confident feeding your baby. You can get information and support from one of our NCT breastfeeding counsellors at local breastfeeding support groups.

If there isn't one in your area, you can get one-to-one support through our infant feeding line on 0300 330 0700.


Woman with babies

Bumps and Babies

Bumps and Babies events are a fun and informal way for parents/carers, babies and parents-to-be to meet, play and make new friends. They’re usually held in a local hall or centre and can include inviting external guests.


Woman with babies

Bumps, Babies and Beyond

Bumps, Babies and Beyond are an NCT meet-up for more mobile babies.

Some local NCT communities have large halls full of development play equipment, while some are smaller.

All are a great chance to connect with other parents and watch your babies and toddlers learn to socialise. Plus, there’s usually cake, too.


Woman and baby

Loan and equipment hire

Some local NCT groups provide a loan or hire service of items that can help with your parenting choices. These may be cloth nappy libraries, baby-carrying or sling libraries, breast-pump hire and valley cushion loans.

Find your local parent support activities

Enter your postcode to find a local event near you.

Support your local NCT community

By volunteering

With your help, we can continue to support parents locally. Why not volunteer while you benefit from these local meet-ups? Volunteers - often with a baby on the hip - help to organise, promote and welcome new parents.

To find what difference you can make, use our postcode search to find your local NCT community.

By donating

Did your local NCT help you? Your donation can help keep a local group active by helping with the cost of venues, promotion of events, purchasing equipment and help with general running costs. Even a small donation could make a difference. Please help us to help others by making a donation.

How much time can you spare a month ?

Mother on phone with baby
Mother on laptop with baby
Parents with baby
Nearly New Sale volunteers
Parents at coffee shop
Walking group
Parents and children

Courses & workshops

NCT Antenatal course

Find out more

NCT Antenatal refresher course

Find out more

Local activities and meetups

NCT Membership
Support NCT Charity by becoming a member
Excited couple holding pregnancy test
Sign up to our weekly Pregnancy & Baby Guide