AN APPEAL has been launched by midwives from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust for volunteers to help support women to breastfeed.
Potential volunteers are invited to a meet-and-greet session on Thursday, January 31, at 10am in the Charles Hastings Education Centre at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
Breastfeeding, where possible, can be the best option for new mums and their babies. Research has shown that it can reduce the risk of childhood infections, sudden infant death, obesity, diabetes and breast cancer.
Friendly volunteers from all over Worcestershire are invited to join a training programme to learn how to support pregnant women and new mothers.
The volunteer role will involve 15 to 20 hours of free training with specialist midwives, upon clearance of the standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
Infant feeding lead Becky Davenport said: “Getting breastfeeding off to a good start can be difficult. By starting this network of trained volunteers, we will be able to offer new mums the help they need, when they need it.
“The volunteer programme is a great opportunity to work with NHS professionals, expand your knowledge and learn a lifelong skill – at the same time as contributing to your local community. There’s no experience necessary, but an interest in breastfeeding is essential. This will be the fourth year we have run this opportunity and many of our previous volunteers have gone on to do midwifery training.”
“Of course we’d love to continue to welcome dedicated Daves and brilliant Barbaras to our team but we are also looking for new faces to join them so that we can do even more in 2019 to ensure canals across the county are havens for people and wildlife.”
Volunteers, who will be given full training, work on a shift basis throughout the year.
The busiest periods are between April and September.
To support the recruitment drive and showcase the benefits of volunteering, the Canal and River Trust has penned a poem.
It calls on people to join the team and has been brought to life by a host of the charity’s staff and volunteers.
Visit https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/volunteer for more information.