Twin-vincible!

Pictured back row (left to right) are Rachel Davis with son Jacob, family Support WorkerJo-Ann Bage pictured with Sam Davis, Michelle Duke pictured with sons Coby and Ashton and Pamela Heslop pictured with daughters Grace and Beth.'Front row( left to right) are Fiona Coverdale with sons Callan and Finlay and Lisa Hails with daughters Ruby and Violet.

Pictured back row (left to right) are Rachel Davis with son Jacob, family Support WorkerJo-Ann Bage pictured with Sam Davis, Michelle Duke pictured with sons Coby and Ashton and Pamela Heslop pictured with daughters Grace and Beth.'Front row( left to right) are Fiona Coverdale with sons Callan and Finlay and Lisa Hails with daughters Ruby and Violet.

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NO, you are not seeing double!

These little cuties are part of a Hartlepool support group set up especially for families of twins and multiple births.

The idea is that parents of the youngsters can get together and exchange tips and information about bringing up twins, while the youngsters get to spend time playing with each other and the toys provided.

The five mums who regularly attend the group, at St Helen’s Children’s Centre, in the grounds of St Helen’s Primary School, in Durham Street on the Headland, agree it is a godsend.

Set up two-and-a-half years ago, it was the brainchild of Jo-Ann Bage, a family support worker at the Hindpool Close SureStart Children’s Centre, on the Central Estate.

Jo-Ann, who is mum to AmyLouise, 12, and three-year-old Hanna, said: “I had a couple of parents who had twins and there was nothing really for them to go to.

“There were other previous groups town-wide, but they seem to have fizzled out.

“I have had nothing but positive feedback and the fact that one of our original mums still attends speaks for itself.”

She said the success of this particular group could be down to the commitment of the parents who attend.

“They have got a genuine want to support other parents,” added Jo Ann.

She said pregnant mums expecting twins have even attended sessions to glean advice from the parents.

Jo-Ann added: “It’s all good talking to parents who have only got one child, but they don’t know the implications of that one extra child.”

Any other parents, or other family members of twins, triplets or other multiples are welcome to turn up to the weekly sessions, on Thursdays, between 1.30pm and 2.30pm, or find out more by calling (01429) 292555.