Family Support

Food Help for the Cost of Living Crisis

Dover Children’s Centre have become distributor’s for FareShare food parcels for more information see their website

The charity take good quality surplus food and distribute in boxes made up of tinned or dried goods, of 12 – 14kg. They can cater for vegan or specific allergies. They also have supplies of nappies, baby wipes, hygiene products and pet foods.  

Families in need can have up to 6 boxes in a 12 month period. If you would like to collect please contact or contact FareShare directly on


Family Support

Are you registered with the Children's Centres? They offer a range of courses, groups and advice. If not visit Get in touch to find out the groups and courses and events they are currently running or visit Facebook to keep up to date with all the news and events

Children’s Centres’ contact details

Please click on file below for full details of Dover activities

Buttercup 03000 421295

St Radigunds Community Centre,

Poulton Close Dover, CT17 0HL


Blossom 03000 411555

The Downs Primary School,

Owen Square Deal CT14 7TL


Buckland & Whitfield 03000 414941

St Nicholas Church , The Linces,

Dover, CT16 2BN


Samphire 03000 420882

Aycliffe Primary School,

St David’s Avenue, Dover, CT17 9HJ


Sunflower 03000 415858

Eythorne & Elvington School,

Adelaide Road, Eythorne , CT15 4AN


Opening hours

9am - 5pm Monday to Thursday

9am - 4.30pm Friday

Samphire opening times are 9am - 1.30pm Monday to Thursday Closed on Fridays


Useful Telephone numbers

Health Visitors 01304 873590

Kent Baby Matters (breastfeeding) 0300 302 0223

NHS Direct 


24 hour Domestic Violence helpline 0808 2000 247

NSPCC 24hr Child Protection line 0808 800 5000


Kent online's guide to family services

Universal Credits and Benefits

Migrant Help

Mental Health First Aid for Armed Forces


Other websites for parents

There are lots of other places you can find information and advice about a wide range of issues and answer questions you may have.

NHS pregnancy and baby guide

More than 200 easy-to-read pages, detailed week-by-week guides and lots of expert videos, parents' tips and interactive tools to explore.

Family Lives

Find advice on all aspects of family life from bonding with your new baby, dealing with tantrums, positive discipline, sleep and eating.


The UK's largest parenting charity with lots of useful evidence based information.

Kent Baby Matters

Lists all of the breastfeeding groups, specialist breastfeeding clinics and peer support programme delivered out of the Children's Centres in Kent.

Born to Move

Born to move is an NHS app to help parents or carers with their newborn babies right up to pre-school age, it is available for both iphones and android.

Smarter Play

SmarterPlay is a new app providing families in Kent  with exclusive free access to a range of opportunities and facilities to support them in parenting their young children. It is available for both iphones andandroid.


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