Catholic Care | Gianna: Baby Bank Plus


Gianna: Baby Bank

Gianna offers confidential one-to-one support and advice to women and girls during and beyond pregnancy. The service is open to all and is run by friendly, experienced and non-judgmental staff.

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Stay and Play Community Groups

Our stay and play group is aimed at children from birth to preschool age along with their parents or carers.

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We have helped over 1600 expectant and new mums and their families.

Catholic Care | Gianna: Baby Bank Plus

Who can use Gianna?

Anyone within the Diocese of Leeds who may need support throughout the duration of their pregnancy and beyond can access Gianna. It doesn’t matter how old (or young) you are, what religious beliefs you have (even if you have none), what race you are, or your marital status.

Please note that the provision is for babies up to the age of 12 months.

What does Gianna offer?

Our friendly, experienced team offers:

  • A listening ear
  • Practical support
  • Parenting advice through our Family Support Worker
  • Access to a large stock of new and nearly-new baby items (clothes & equipment), all of excellent quality and usually free of charge

How to access Gianna

Please contact us directly. We also welcome referrals from agencies and organisations across the Diocese of Leeds.

Referral Online Form

Catholic Care takes your privacy and our obligations under the Data Protection Legislation very seriously and, as such, we will under no circumstances give access to your information to any third party for any purpose, either commercial or otherwise.

We will retain your details so we are able to provide a safe and appropriate support service to the child/young person or adult receiving our services. We are collecting the data for this reason only and the information will be destroyed in accordance with our Record Retention Policy for the Schools, Children and Family Wellbeing Service. If you have any questions please contact where we will be pleased to help.

Catholic Care | Stay and Play Community Groups


Stay and Play Community Groups

Our stay and play group is aimed at children from birth to preschool age along with their parents or carers.

We have lots of toys, arts and crafts and activities for the children to enjoy. This is a great place for them to explore and learn through play, make friends, develop their social skills and learn to share and take turns. This all helps them in preparation for nursery and hopefully makes the transition that little bit easier for both children and parents.

Parents can sometimes become lonely and overwhelmed being at home with young children so stay and play is a great place for them to come and socialise with like minded people. Some great friendships have been formed through our group.

We have a healthy snack and refreshments for the children and tea coffee and biscuits for parents and carers so they can have a cuppa and a chat while the children are eating.

For further information please contact Michelle Vink on 07739 975000

Family Support Worker

Our Family Support Worker’s role is to support families within their home, the community or school. They can support with a variety of tasks such as; behaviour plans, routines, money worries, housing, school issues, form filling.

Our Family Support Worker will also offer emotional support and be able to guide and advise when needed. For more complex situations such as drug and alcohol abuse and domestic abuse they can signpost to more specialised help but would continue to support.

Family Support Workers’ also work alongside Early Help, Social Workers, Midwives, Health Visitors and the wider community where support is needed.

For further information please contact Keelie Morton on 07599 653211.