Virtual Peer Support Groups
At Tiny Tickers our message for parents is always “you are not alone.” The ability to speak to others going through or who have been through a similar situation is often a very valuable source of support for a lot of parents of babies and children with CHD.
Tiny Tickers is now offering free, virtual peer support sessions, made possible by funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund.
“Taking part in the parent-to-be virtual support group gave us huge levels of support before our baby was born. After our diagnosis, it provided a platform for us to meet other parents experiencing the same worries and emotions, reminding us we were not alone. We are all still in regular contact and continue to support each other through our children’s surgery and aftercare.” – Emma
Six-week support groups
We have set up a pregnancy peer support group and a general CHD support group, to offer support to UK parents who would like to meet virtually and share their experiences of CHD.
Each group’s sessions run for six weeks, held weekly for an hour each. They are not counselling sessions but an opportunity to speak to other parents in a small Zoom group setting, led by a qualified facilitator.
Places are available for the following groups:
Pregnancy CHD Peer Support Group – Monday evenings
Meet other heart parents-to-be through our supportive online six week group:
- Support each other from diagnosis and appointments right through to birth
- Discuss what you might expect when your baby is in hospital/undergoing treatment
- A chance to talk through some of the practicalities of preparing for a baby with CHD
General CHD Peer Support Group – Wednesday evenings
- Meet other parents of children who have CHD
- Discuss your experiences and share advice
- Support each other through shared worries and concerns
Peer support drop-in evenings
Monthly drop-in sessions for heart parents and parents-to-be, led by a qualified facilitator.
These sessions will take place at 8pm on Zoom, on the following dates:
- Tuesday 25th May
- Tuesday 29th June
- Tuesday 27th July
- Tuesday 31st August
- Tuesday 28th September
- Tuesday 26th October
- Tuesday 30th November
Simply sign up before 2pm, on the day of the session, to attend
“The weekly group has been such a great way to get in touch with other heart parents and to share experiences and support. At the time of the groups my son was going through a particularly tough time with feeding and weight issues and frequent hospital appointments and the support and advice I got from the group was brilliant. I’ve met such a lovely supportive group of people who just get it and we’re still in touch regularly now.” – Cat