Conwy Breastfeeding Friends could win up to £6000 if they get the most votes for our area and then there are two runners up who get a bit too. They might get into the top three if they can get another 30/40+ votes. The site has had some loading problems, please don’t let that put you off!
Conwy Breastfeeding Friends has been set up the Aberconwy NCT. They really do want to make a difference by helping mum’s in need of support and guidance.
What does your charity/project do?
Aberconwy & Colwyn NCT is a local branch of a charity that supports parents and parents to be with trusted impartial information, antenatal support, nearly new sales, peer support and social activities to help people engage with their community on their journey through parenthood. The breastfeeding peer support project was initiated to aid mothers who were unable to get the help they needed when they needed it most. It is our first step in providing more targeted postnatal services locally.
How does your charity/project support the local community?
Feedback from local parents indicated a need for more breastfeeding advice with practical, accessible antenatal and postnatal support. With North Wales NHS budget cuts and maternity service reviews, this kind of support is increasingly unavailable. Supporting initiation and continuation rates has been proven to have a positive impact on maternal health & wellbeing, while also helping to support good child nutrition and healthy lifestyles – peer support can play a huge role in empowering parents.
What do you plan to use the CommunityForce award for?
The award would ensure that a rolling programme of volunteer training could be established in the county. We try to ensure that the training is accessible to all by providing resources, teaching aids, information sheets and a regular meeting/drop-in space for volunteers at no cost to them. The funds would be invaluable for this and also for helping with the cost of promotional items for the volunteer service, so we can reach even more parents throughout the region.