Starting Well Partnership South Worcestershire


Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteer

Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteer

Be rewarded and have new experiences, volunteer with us as Breastfeeding Support Volunteer.

Breastfeeding Support

 

The Volunteer Role:

Action for Children in South Worcestershire works collaboratively with Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust to ensure pregnant women and mothers get the support and information needed to enable them to breastfeed successfully for as long as they wish.

Breastfeeding Peer Support volunteers (Breast Buddies) are mothers who are passionate about breastfeeding, have successfully breastfed at least one child and have a desire (working alongside paid members of the breastfeeding support team), to help other mothers in their local community do the same.  

Requirements: 

  • Experience of breastfeeding.
  • We welcome all ages to train (mothers / grandmothers), all we ask is that you volunteer for 1 year after completing the training.
  • Training consists of 4 x 2hr informal, interactive sessions (alongside the standard online training which all Action for volunteers complete) followed by attendance at a minimum of 4 supervision sessions a year.
  • Through training you’ll learn about how breastfeeding works, responsive feeding, baby led weaning, & the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative. You’ll also pick up lots of information on positioning, attachment, longer term breastfeeding, problem solving and communication skills. 

What we are looking for: 

  • A willingness to keep up to date
  • Ability to work within a team
  • An ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with parents/carers and their children
  • A non-judgemental, friendly approach
  • Enthusiastic, committed, trustworthy and reliable
  • Able to maintain confidentiality
  • Willingness to adhere to Action for Children’s policies and procedure 
 

What you can expect: 

  • Supporting breastfeeding mums
  • To give accurate breastfeeding support network information
  • Supporting other breastfeeding professionals in different settings
  • Working within a team of breastfeeding supporters 

By volunteering in this role you could benefit from: 

  • Develop skills and experience in this area
  • Regular Volunteer Meetings, which include training and group supervision
  • Gaining confidence in a professional environment
  • Gaining an insight into voluntary sector
  • Learning new skills and knowledge
  • Improving your CV and employability
  • Making a real contribution to supporting families who use AFC and our partner services
  • Being part of a great team! 

2019 Training Dates

Tuesday 10th September 2019- 1st October 2019- 12.30pm-2.30pm 

(With celebration event and presentation on 8th October 2019)

Worcester Venue- Please apply online.

 
 

 

Action for Children does what’s right, does what’s needed and does what works.

Our Vision

Action For Children Starting Well Partnership South Worcestershire 

We place children, young people and families first, delivering safe high quality services that empower and enable children, young people and families to achieve their full potential.

We play an important role in supporting local families in South Worcestershire with children aged 0-19. By providing training, advice and guidance the local Action For Children Starting Well team empower families to 'nip things in the bud' early and this limits the risk of escalation. The service places an emphasis on a holistic ‘whole family’ approach that will result in long term, sustainable change.

Our work includes: Children Centre services, positive parenting courses, adult learning, support within schools and communities to engage young people with their education and work journey, and advice and guidance to young people who are not in education.

What Volunteers Say...

I was directed to Action for Children by a colleague on my course and after an initial meeting and attending the volunteer training session, with the Senior Volunteer Co-ordinator, I obtained a placement at the Buttercup Centre. The recruitment process was really simple and the support received from my supervisors and others at the centre is fantastic. If there is anything I am unsure of or the parents are looking for guidance, I know who to ask and where to signpost them.

Annabel