Calderdale Breastfeeding volunteers provide 150 hours of support to new mums every month.
In support of World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August) and the recent UK Breastfeeding Week, Locala’s team of Breastfeeding Peer Supporters were out and about raising awareness about the services they provide to new mums in Calderdale.
Calderdale Breastfeeding Peer Supporters are volunteers who have breastfed a child for at least four months, and support mums in locations including Children’s Centres, hospitals and Baby Café’s, as well as providing support over the phone and home visits. There are currently 56 volunteer Breastfeeding Peer Supporters in Calderdale, providing around 150 hours of support every month. The team often work alongside Midwives and Health Visitors helping mothers to achieve their breastfeeding goals.
The Peer Supporters visited Todmorden Children’s Centre, where the breastfeeding group held a Women’s Health morning. Mums were treated to a free back massage and received information and support from Physiotherapists regarding after birth recovery, and had the opportunity to ask questions and access the support offered by the Breastfeeding Peer Supporters.
The team also visited Calderdale Baby Café, Jubilee Children’s Centre, Wellholme Park Children’s Centre, Boothtown Children’s Centre and Illingworth Children’s Centre.
If you would like to receive support from one of the team contacting our telephone helpline on 07920466660 or attend one of the breastfeeding support groups. Mums also have the opportunity to speak to Peer Supporters in hospital, Baby Cafés and antenatal clinics. More information can be found on the Infant Feeding section of the Locala website, here http://www.locala.org.uk/your-healthcare/infant-feeding/breastfeeding-support/
If you would like help make a difference and share your skills and experience why not join the Peer Support Team. One of the Calderdale Peer Supporters who has recently left the service to pursue midwifery training said: ‘Over the last 5 years I have had the pleasure of supporting mums with breastfeeding in lots of locations. It has made me want to support mums more around this amazing time of pregnancy and birth. What we do as peer supporters is amazingly simple, we listen without judgement!’
If you are able to volunteer around 2 -3 hours each week Locala would like to hear from you. More information can be found on the Locala website here: www.locala.org.uk/about-us/volunteering/
The timetable for May’s sessions at the Boothtown, Sowerby New Road, Siddal and Southowram Children’s Centres can be found via this link:
Group 2 Timetable – MAY 2018
The timetable for Children’s Centres in the Park Ward is available here:
Group 1 Timetable – May 2018
This is the March timetable for the Sure Start Children’s Centres:
Group 1 Timetable – March 2018
New example menus and recipes have been published to help early years providers plan healthy, tasty meals for young children.
The resources have been jointly developed by the Department for Education, the Department of Health and Public Health England, with advice from a panel of early years and nutrition experts including the British Nutrition Foundation.This series of example menus and associated guidance has been developed to support early years settings (such as nurseries and childminders) to offer food and drink in line with current government dietary recommendations for infants and children aged 6 months to 4 years. The documents include example menus and useful information for early years settings to help show how they can meet the Early Years Foundation Stage welfare requirement to provide ‘healthy, balanced and nutritious’ meals for children. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/example-menus-for-early-years-settings-in-england
The timetable for January’s sessions at Children’s Centres can be found via this link:
Group 1 Timetable – January 2018
The new timetable for activity across Calderdale Children’s Centres is no available, and can be viewed by clicking this link:
Children’s Centre Group 1 Timetable – November 2017
Health visitors from the Calderdale PHEYS team were out and about last weekend at a Childminder conference which was attended by both Childminders and early years workers in Calderdale – all around the theme of ‘Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds’.
The team promoted information on Vitamin D, the pharmacy minor ailments scheme and breastfeeding.
The minor ailments scheme particularly prompted lots of interest – this is available for families to access treatment for minor ailments via their local pharmacy and is open to anyone who doesn’t normally have to pay for prescriptions from their GP – for example because they’re under 16, over 60 or on benefits. This reduces GP appointment times and allows those most vulnerable to access treatments at the point of need without being financially disadvantaged.
Look out for the team at future events across the community.
Thank you to everyone who completed the HEY! website survey back in March 2017, with their thoughts and comments.
We have read and considered all the feedback from the survey results and would like to share with you our next stepsYou said…we did
Locala Community Partnerships began providing the Public Health Early Years Service (PHEYS) in Calderdale from the 1st July.