Our Bosom Buddy volunteers (BB) come from all walks of life but have one thing in common; they are passionate about supporting mothers on their breastfeeding journey.
Our BB are all mothers who have breastfed at least one baby for varying lengths of time. Some have found it easy, some have overcome many challenges, most appreciated the support they had, but many would have liked and needed more.
That is where our team of BB come in.
BB offer support to breastfeeding mothers at drop-in support groups in the community and are also involved in supporting mothers to make informed choices about feeding their baby while they are pregnant.
Our BB receive 2 day Breastfeeding and Relationship Building training, the same training health visitors, midwives and all staff involved in directly supporting mothers to feed their babies undertake. We feel it is important that BB are well trained to undertake their role.
As a volunteer with a large NHS organisation, it is also important that you are able to maintain standards of practice essential for all NHS staff and so you will receive additional training such as basic life support, infection control and prevention, safeguarding for adults and children and other training relevant to your role.
What do we ask from you?
Volunteers give their time freely and both staff and members of the public they support appreciate and value this.
It is important however that volunteers comply with standards set to protect both volunteers and members of the public.
Our volunteer policy contains in full all the expectations for both the volunteer and the Trust.
It is important you let us know if you are not able to attend your usual session, this will be agreed with you when you start volunteering.
Mothers and staff rely on volunteers and if you are not able to attend it gives us the opportunity to find cover for you.
You are required to meet on a regular basis with your supervisor. This can be in group meetings or on a one to one basis.
This is to ensure we share relevant information with you and so you can discuss any aspect of your volunteering.
It is important you have the right skills to support mothers and so attendance at training to update your skills is necessary. This is usually done annually.
We will issue you with an NHS email account, this will be used for some of your online training but also, we will use it to communicate with all our BB.
It is important you use this account for all communication with us.
We will inform you of any policy changes, invitations to events, training sessions and anything we feel relevant to being a BB. You can also use it to keep in contact with us.
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