All of our sessions run thanks to dedicated volunteers, who are part of the local community and have committed to training and running regular groups. They run our parents choir, signing group, sling meet, postnatal baby clubs, online fourth trimester course and antenatal planning sessions. We also love volunteers who are happy to help with making tea/coffee for families, writing guest blogs/social media posts or admin/event support.
We welcome applications from ALL members of the community with experience of being parents, regardless of age, race, disability, gender, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
If you would like to get involved with volunteering with us please get in touch at email@example.com
Infant Feeding Support
Our peer supporters for infant feeding undertake more in depth training, over a course of months. Their training is delivered by a qualified teacher and IBCLC, and they receive ongoing co-ordination, supervision and update training. All activities undertaken by the CIC and its directors/partners are fully compliant with The International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and we work with an understanding of the Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative.
Please click here to find out about out Introduction to Infant Feeding Peer Support Course and to apply, or read on for more general information about volunteering in infant feeding with the New Baby Network. If you have already completed peer supporter training elsewhere and would like to volunteer with us, please do send an email as we may be able to offer a different training package.
Firstly, we ask all interested volunteers to complete the Introduction to Infant Feeding Peer Support Course. It aims to give you a grounding in the issues surrounding infant feeding in the UK, a debrief and reflection on your own feeding journey, fundamentals of communication and the basics of positioning and attachment.
It is offered virtually and face to face (in Cotteridge/Dudley, the two locations of our in person support groups).
The virtual course content lasts around 5 weeks and there are 2 required Zoom teaching sessions you will need to attend. The face to face course happens over 2 mornings, with some virtual learning alongside. We are flexible and inclusive, so we appreciate you may need to mute on video calls, be completing work at all times of the day and night and we don’t put a time limit on completion (although you must have completed before taking the full peer support course). Ideally you’ll learn as much from other course participants as you do from the set content, so the group has an collaborative, welcoming and respectful ethos. Your children are always welcome at teaching sessions.
The Introductory course is £25, with an optional extra £5 donation to put into our scholarship fund. Applications are particularly welcomed from historically underrepresented parents/families, and those living in Birmingham/Black Country. If finances are a barrier (for whatever reason, we consider each request on a case by case basis), then we do offer scholarship places and payment plans of as little as £1/week.
Once the Introduction to Infant Feeding Peer Support Course is completed you may be offered a place on our Infant Feeding Peer Support Course. This is totally free and would enable you to volunteer as an infant feeding peer supporter with the New Baby Network CIC. We have face to face groups running in Cotteridge and Dudley where you can access practical learning and mentorship.
This is a full 10 week course delivered face to face and virtually through an online learning platform. There are five “live” teaching sessions to attend with the other participants. We understand that many of the participants are parents and that their learning will often take place alongside meeting the needs of their families. We aim to make the course as accessible as possible and understand if you need to bring little ones along! At the end of the course, it is expected that you will commit to volunteering with the New Baby Network at support groups (virtual and in person), via webchat and at other celebrations and events.
Sounds like something you’d love? Get in touch!