Services to support families

Some families can face difficult times, but during these periods there are services that support families. 

If you feel that your family needs help or support, you can ask directly for a service. You may experience difficulties such as: 

  • disabilities within the family
  • parenting problems / strains
  • difficult behaviour at home
  • physical / mental health and well-being 
  • alcohol / drug abuse
  • teenage pregnancy
  • housing matters
  • anti-social behaviour
  • relationship problems
  • problems in school
  • development of language, speech and child play skills
  • domestic abuse

If you need help, contact us. We can tell you what services and support you are eligible for.


Team Around the Family

To qualify for the Team Around the Family service, you will have a lot of worries and want help to resolve them by creating a plan and pulling agencies together to support you.

More information

If you want to discuss Team Around the Family support, contact the Gwynedd Children's Referral Team:
Call: 01758 704 455

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Flying Start

Perhaps you live in a village that receives a Family Support Service through Flying Start. Flying Start offer more support and opportunities for families with children under 4 years old living in specific communities in Gwynedd.

The Flying Start scheme provides parents with support while raising young children. 

What does Flying Start offer?

  • Health visitors
    Our health visitors have the benefit of more time to spend with families and supporting them in raising their children. The extended health team offers parenting courses, a variety of groups such as Baby Massaging and health promoting sessions. 
  • Language, speech and communication
    Our team of Play and Early Development officers offer 1:1 sessions at home or at one of the Flying Start locations.
    The officers work closely with other members by offering group sessions on supporting early development and play skills.  
  • Parenting support
    A specialist team can offer supportive packages on parenting, at home 1:1 sessions and advice on problem solving within the home. Group sessions are also offered to parents such as Nurture Links and Y Blynyddoedd Rhyfeddol.
  • Child care:
    We offer up to 12.5 hours of child care for children between 2-3 years old for free during the 3 school terms. Children can start on the term following their 2nd birthday. 
  • And more...
    Plas Pawb, Maesincla and Caban Bach Barnados, Maenofferen and Canolfan Tŷ Cegin, Maesgeirchen host courses, offer child care and the opportunity to play and socialise. 
    Flying Start also works closely with projects such as Families First, offering families in Gwynedd different opportunities and experiences. 

When can my child start childcare?

If your child has his / her 2nd birthday between April 1 and August 31, they can begin Dechrau'n Deg in September.

If your child has his / her 2nd birthday between September 1 and December 31, they can begin Dechrau'n Deg in January. 

If your child has his / her 2nd birthday between January 1 and March 31, they can begin Dechrau'n Deg after Easter. 


Below are the childcare locations available: 

Gofal plant
 Bangor Cylch Meithrinfa

Caban Cegin

 Caernarfon Cylch Meithrin 
Cylch Seiont 
a Peblig 
Caban Bach
 Bethesda  Cylch Cefnfaes Meithrinfa 
 Dyffryn Nantlle  Cylch Talysarn  Cylch Carmel Cylch 
Cylch Llanllyfni  Cylch Penygroes
 Dolgellau Cylch Meithrin Dolgellau       

Where is Dechrau'n Deg available?

This scheme targets specific wards within Gwynedd only.

Whether or not you're entitled to the scheme depends on your post code. To check if you are eligible, please contact Flying Start's primary office on:

Phone: 01286 678824

If you are not eligible, other services may be available for your family. 

More information

Your Health Visitor will contact Family First on your behalf.

Or you can contact the Central Team on:
01286 678 824 /


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