Start for Life

Start for Life Lewisham is a two-year government funded programme under the Family hub Initiative that supports with parenting in the early years, including infant feeding and perinatal mental health (perinatal is the period from pregnancy to the first year of a child’s life).

Essential information


Bellingham Family Hub

109 Randlesdown Road


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Contact 07554 557156 Monday to Friday,
9am –5pm (we aim to get back to you within 48 hours)

The early years can be challenging for families, and the Start for Life team can offer additional help and enhanced care to support existing health visiting and maternity care.

If you are a parent who would like additional support or help, please let your midwife or health visitor know.

If you feel you cannot speak about it with your current team, please email us at the address above. We aim to respond within 48 hours. 

If you are having suicidal thoughts, please call 999 or, if you can, go to A&E or visit the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust website

If you need additional support with Infant feeding, please visit one of our hubs across the borough. We can offer support for complex feeding challenges and are happy to signpost to the service that’s best for you.

Useful links

Health visiting 

Perinatal depression 


Talking therapies 

Feeding your baby at home 

Feeding your baby 


Bottle feeding 

Introducing solid foods