New support for Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth Peer Supporters.
By Marie Longworth, Operations Manager for Families and Babies.
Please can I take this opportunity to introduce myself and the brand new service for families, which is launching in your area to support breastfeeding Mothers.
As you are aware Public Health Dorset has commissioned Families and Babies (FAB), a breastfeeding peer support charity, to provide breastfeeding support to all women across Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset commencing on 1st April 2016. Leading the team of volunteers will be four local coordinators in paid roles who will be responsible for the recruitment, training, support and supervision of all volunteers across the three areas along with a paid administrator.
FABâ€™s aim is to build upon the excellent community peer support model currently being delivered across the Childrenâ€™s Centre's, offering support within breastfeeding groups and antenatal settings. We wish to widen the support by having trained peer supporters on the hospital wards, working closely in partnership with Dorset and Poole Hospital Trusts. We will aim to offer a proactive service for Mothers in priority areas allowing FAB to make contact within 48 hours of mothers being discharged from hospital, to signpost to their local community support groups.
FAB supporters are Mothers who have a passion for breastfeeding and have completed accredited peer support training which adheres to BFI standards, ensuring they have good skills and knowledge. We would like to work together with all partners ensuring FAB peer supporters are integrated within maternity services working in close partnership alongside midwifery, health visiting and childrenâ€™s centre teams, ensuring referral processes are in place.
We will be attending the local Volunteer Annual Conference, organised by Jane Thrift from Real Baby Milk, on Saturday 27th February at the Dorford Centre, Dorchester. This will give FAB an opportunity to meet the existing volunteers from the Dorset side and possibly an opportunity for us to meet volunteers from Bournemouth and Poole, if they attend on the day. However, we will be holding open days/information stands across all 3 areas (dates TBC) and very much look forward to meeting you all in person.
Marketing flyers will be produced and cascaded to families and partners to ensure all know how to refer into the service going forward.
We will contact key partners individually to discuss the mobilisation plans including our recruitment process and to arrange communication contact with the existing volunteers.
Thank you for taking the time to read this email and in the interim please do not hesitate to get in touch if you require more information.
We are really excited to be working in across Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset and are looking forward to working together in partnership with you all to support breastfeeding families.