Group-based Breastfeeding Support

Initially this project will run as a six-month pilot, delivered in partnership by four local voluntary sector agencies: community-based organisations Southend YMCA (who are leading the project), Family StorehouseTrust Links and Milton Community Partnership.

The sessions take place on a weekly basis in a variety of settings across the ABSS areas. Mothers will be offered support up to one year from birth and are encouraged to attend the sessions both ante-natally as well as post-natally.

Part of service is about training mothers to become breastfeeding ‘supporters’. Peer volunteers are trained during these sessions with providers offering a 10-week training course for this, working towards providing long-term continuity and sustainability.

The project aims to increase breastfeeding rates in the target wards, as well as looking to increase links between families in these areas and cultivating community partnerships. Learning from the 6-month pilot project will then be used to inform the service model for a longer-term project that will run for the next 3-5 years.

Dates, times and locations for sessions:

  • Mondays 10.30am-12.30pm at Southend YMCA Eco Hub, 2a St John’s Road, Westcliff, SS0 7JZ
  • Wednesdays 9.30-11.30am at Family Storehouse, Coleman Street, SS2 5AW
  • Thursdays 10am-12noon at Milton Community Partnership, St Mark’s Church, Princes Street, SS1 1QA
  • Thursdays 1-2.30pm at Friars Children’s Centre, Shoebury SS3 9XX

Partners, friends & grandparents welcome too!

If you would like to take part in the course or would like more information, you can contact Eleanor King at Southend YMCA EleanorKing@southendymca.org.uk or 07384258800.