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Volunteering Opportunity: Breastfeeding Buddy at Locala

  • Type of Activity:
    Befriending, buddying and mentoring
  • Cause / Interest:
    Children, Health and social care
  • Geographical Area(s):
    Calderdale Royal Hospital Maternity Unit, Breast feeding clinics and tongue-tie clinics across Calderdale
  • Times for the Opportunity:
    Any
  • Opportunity Type:
    Location
  • Skills Required:
    Interpersonal skills, Listening and communication, Mentoring and counselling, Negotiation and influencing, Teaching and training
  • Skills To Gain:
    Interpersonal skills, Leadership, Mentoring and counselling, Teaching and training
  • Additional / Specific Suitability:
    Those looking for work

More Details About This Role

The Peer Supporter is a volunteer who gives support and basic breastfeeding management information, when this is asked for. A written record is kept of contacts with mothers or mothers to be. Peer Supporters may be involved in.
• Attending breastfeeding support groups
• Support at Calderdale Royal Hospital Maternity Unit
• Breastfeeding Clinic and Tongue Tie Clinic
• Telephone support
• Attending breastfeeding awareness raising events
• Moderating the service’s Facebook groups and supporting in virtual groups
• Supporting with ante-natal parent education

What Could Someone Gain From This Role?

Accredited quality assured training
Regular Supervision Meetings
Out-of-Pocket Expenses
ID Badge and Polo Shirt

Requirements and Benefits

To be a Peer Supporter with Calderdale Breastfeeding Peer Support Service you will need to:
• Have breastfed at least one child for more than four months
• Have a positive attitude about breastfeeding while respecting individual
choice
• Be friendly and approachable and have a desire to help other mothers
• Have a non-judgemental approach
• Have good communication and self-organisation skills
• Be able to listen to other people’s experiences
• Maintain confidentiality
• Undertake an Enhanced DBS check
• Successfully complete the Peer Supporter training programme
• Be able to offer regular time commitment and reliability (2-3 hours per week)
• Adhere to the Peer Support Service Code of Conduct Restrictions

https://new.calderdale.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2023-03/Breastfeeding-Peer-Supporter-recruitment.pdf

Age / Gender Restrictions

18 +, women only, you must have breast fed your own child for at least 4 months

Accessibility

all clinics are fully accessible