Helpful Links

Childrens Vaccinations – Guide to Childhood Illness

NHS Cambridgeshire & Peterborough has created a Guide to Childhood Illnesses for parents and carers across the area. This guide covers everything parents and carers need to know about important subjects such as vaccinations, common ailments and issues, and where to go for help if your child has a medical issue. You can access the Guide to Childhood Illnesses on the Integrated Care System’s website.

Drug and Alcohol Addiction Support

CGL Huntingdon 

  • CGL Cambridgeshire provides specialist treatment and support to adults (and their family members/loved ones) with substance misuse issues. Dedicated staff offer support to the individual in achieving and sustaining recovery. CGL Cambridgeshire offers a range of provision including
  • one to one support, harm reduction services, medical prescribing and detoxification as well as structured group work, recovery support and peer led activities.

CGL can offer support and advise and can to be contacted on 

Phone: 0300 5550101, option 2

Email: [email protected]

Website : CGL Drug and Alcohol Service – Cambridgeshire  

Armed Forces Veteran Friendly Practice

Alconbury and Brampton Surgeries are an Armed Forces veteran friendly accredited GP Practice.  This means that, as part of the health commitments of the Armed Forces Covenant, we have a dedicated clinician who has a specialist knowledge of military related health conditions and veteran specific health services.  This is important in helping ex-forces to get the best care and treatment.  If you are ex-forces, please let your GP know to help ensure you are getting the best possible care.

Palliative Care Hub Helpline

A free out of hours phone service available for anyone that needs specialist palliative care advice or support. It is available to patients, family/friends, carers, GPs and other health care professionals.

We will be able to give advice and support where able, signpost to appropriate services, transfer you to another healthcare professional that can better help you or complete necessary referrals to other services. 

Telephone 111 and select Option 3

More details can be found on their webpage linked below.

My baby is crying I.C.O.N cope

Together with the Safeguarding Partnership Board have recently launched ‘My baby’s crying I.C.O.N. cope campaign’ across the system. This new initiative aims to reduce the potential triggers of Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) in babies by offering vital advice and support to new parents and carers who are struggling to cope with their crying baby.

The I.C.O.N initiative is a preventative programme, which offers local parents essential support through its key messages (I – Infant crying is normal C – Comforting methods can sometimes soothe the baby O – It’s OK to walk away N – Never, ever shake a baby).


Home-Start Cambridgeshire are a national charity which offers practical and emotional support to families from all backgrounds with children under 5. They recognise that being a parent has never been easy. It can be lonely, frustrating, heart breaking and overwhelming.

Life changing events can happen to anyone, all parents struggle at one time or another and Home-Start can be there to help families through the toughest of times.  

They support families in local communities who are experiencing a range of challenges including, poor mental / physical health, postnatal depression, bereavement, financial worries, isolation. 

They work with families to build on their strengths and give them the support they tell us they need.

Home-Start have just received funding to concentrate our support service on the new community of Alconbury Weald. Over the past years, we have found that families moving into newly built communities can find any pre-existing issues, such as parental mental health concerns, post-natal illness or disability, exacerbated by feelings of isolation, being parted from family and friends. These families frequently do not feel confident in trying to make contacts in an unfamiliar environment.

Even when some facilities are in place, it can be daunting to walk around a strange environment and initiate contact with individuals, groups or organisations.

To help address these difficulties for families so that they can thrive in their new community and no longer feel isolated, Home-Start Cambridgeshire has initiated a project called ‘Building Communities, Building Connections’. Through this our staff and volunteers support the families referred to us by health visitors, midwives, GPs and other professionals to develop independence, confidence and resilience so they can make local connections and begin to feel at home in their new environment.

This support also helps the community itself to thrive and to be recognised as a popular place in which to bring up young children.

Home-Start Cambridgeshire provides support to families via our trained home visiting volunteers. Volunteers are matched with families and then usually visit once a week for 2 hours. 

At the present time our volunteer support is via telephone calls or online meetings, although we are looking to move to meeting in outdoor spaces within the next few weeks.

As and when it is safe to resume home visiting, abiding by government guidelines, our previous levels of service will resume. Volunteers offer no judgement, just compassionate, confidential help and support.

We are parents supporting other parents to be the best they can be, to give children the best start in life possible.