Breastfeeding Peer Supporter

Children's Centres - Yeo Valley and Rural Outreach

Name: Breastfeeding Peer Supporter
Organisation: Children's Centres - Yeo Valley and Rural Outreach
Location: Yeo Valley and Rural Outreach Children's Centre, St Andrew's School site, Station Road, Congresbury, North Somerset, BS49 5DX
Type: Part Time
Information and volunteer recruitment session will take place Thursday 20 January 2022 Training every Thursday from 3 February to 7 April (no sessions on 24 Feb) Post training opportunities at various locations, dates and times across North Somerset. Usually on a fortnightly rota basis. Monday morning - Via Zoom Tuesday morning - Portishead Wednesday afternoon- Weston-super-Mare Thursday morning - Worle and Clevedon Friday morning - Backwell

Description

Are you passionate about breastfeeding? Could you offer support new mums to achieve a positive breastfeeding experience? If you answered yes, you could be who we are looking for.

We are looking to recruit new Breastfeeding Peer Supporters to undertake the 9 week Public Health training, in order to attend local Breastfeeding support groups held at Children's Centres in North Somerset.
Some experience of Breastfeeding is required.

An information and volunteer recruitment session are taking place on Thursday 20 January 2022.
Course dates Thursday 7 3 February to Thursday 7 April (with a break for half term on Thursday 24 Feb)
Training sessions will run 10.00 - 12.30 at Yeo Valley and Rural Outreach Children's Centre, Station Road, Congresbury, BS49 5DX (Behind the Seat garage on A370)

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Organisation Description

Children’s centres provide services for families with children under five. They host drop-in advice clinics, parenting workshops, parent and toddler groups and even speech and language services. Many also host regular activities for children under five.


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Cause / Interests

  • Children
  • Families
  • Health and Hospital and Hospices
  • Women's Groups

Types of Activity

  • Advice, Information and Support
  • General and Helping

Skills and Qualifications

Requirements

Applicants should;
be approachable, have a friendly manner and a desire to be helpful
be self confident, be a good listener and have good communication skills
be punctual and reliable
have a non-judgemental attitude
be mother who has breastfed successfully (not necessarily without problems) for several months
make a good role model for other breastfeeding or potential breastfeeding mothers
understand the challenges of parenting
have the ability to understand the importance of safeguarding and health and safety procedures as they apply to the group
hold a current Enhanced Child and Adult Workforce DBS certificate and have signed up to the DBS Update Service, or be willing to apply for one (at no cost to the volunteer)
be available to attend the Public Health Breastfeeding Peer Support 9-week training (at no cost to volunteer)
attend the annual Infant Feeding Conference (usually around May) and at least one skills update session per year (held at various times during the year).


Benefits

Breastfeeding Peer Supporters can expect to;
enjoy being a peer supporter and develop skills in working with parents/carers and their babies/children
support other breastfeeding mothers in your local community
take pride in passing on skills, knowledge and experience
develop personal qualities such as confidence and listening skills
gain experience to add to your CV
possibly obtain a reference for job applications or future volunteering opportunities
access to additional training opportunities

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: Yes, but mileage is limited.
Restrictions: Mother's who have some breastfeeding experience may apply
Induction: Yes
Insurance Cover: Yes
Special Needs: Support workers are welcome to accompany volunteers if required
Offer: Ongoing skills updates and conferences will be provided by Public Health Infant Feeding team
Training: Yes. Public Health Breastfeeding Peer Supporter training, child protection basic awareness, basic paediatric first aid
Other: When you apply, you will be contacted by the Public Health Infant Feeding team / trainer with course information and an application form.

Recruitment Method

Application form, Informal discussion, References, Information Day, Trial Period, DBS Check, Interview