The Bliss network of local Family Groups, Buddies and Champions provides help and support to families throughout the UK with a premature or sick baby. Our support network provides everything from one-to-one support, to group meetings, family fun days and social events.
Bliss Champions provide a vital link between parents, neonatal units and Bliss services, to ensure that families can gain access to the information and support services that we provide. Bliss aims to ensure that all families with a baby on a neonatal unit for more than 24 hours have access to our resources and support.
Bliss Family Groups are run by trained volunteers who have had experience or knowledge of special care and can provide practical and emotional support to families. Groups also get involved with fundraising and other activities on behalf of Bliss as part of their programme of events.
Affiliated Family Groups are run by a mixture of parents and health professionals who are not Bliss volunteers. They have had experience or knowledge of special care and can provide practical and emotional support to families.
Click here to find out what support is available in your area
A Bliss Buddy provides peer support, usually by telephone and email to parents with a premature or sick baby. Returning home and making the transition from the neonatal unit is a big step. The Bliss Buddy service puts you in touch with other parents who have had a similar experience. To find our more visit our Bliss Buddy service webpage.
Anyone can also access peer support through our online parent messageboard at bliss.org.uk/messageboard