Place Category: Communities
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Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_Real-Baby-Milk.pdf
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
1) Providing breastfeeding peer support
We have delivered 9 accredited Breastfeeding Peer Support in the Community Courses to Volunteers in Cornwall and Dorset, 1 accredited Train the Trainer and 2 accredited Hospital Peer Support Courses to Volunteers in Cornwall. We have also enabled a further 3 accredited Community Courses to be run within the South West.
We have developed online update Training for existing Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteers within Cornwall to enable flexibility in keeping their knowledge and skills up to date and have developed new video resources in partnership with health professionals and parents to use with new and expectant parents.
We have partnered health and community professionals to support and supervise over 250 volunteer Breastfeeding Peer Supporters in around 45 community groups across Cornwall and Dorset.
We have used e-newsletters and social media groups to provide up to date information and research to our volunteers and health and community professionals to help to keep them connected and feeling part of a larger community. We have developed and produced over 70,000 Essential Guides to Feeding and Caring for you baby for use with parents, expectant parents and those with babies on neonatal units.
2) Measures of support provided
Through the training of a further approximately 110 volunteers, 2 new Trainers and the continued support of over 250 existing volunteers across Cornwall and Dorset and the wider south west, quality breastfeeding peer support has been available to approximately 12,000 families in their own communities and a further 150 families in the postnatal ward in Cornwall.
Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteers in Cornwall and Dorset have given over 18,000 hours to supporting families. We have achieved close to 100% progress into volunteering after volunteering have completed their training courses.
Over 70,000 parents across the UK have had access to our printed and online Essential Guide resources.
15 Volunteers have accessed the online training course and over 100 have had supervision calls with our community mentor in Cornwall.
In Dorset 350 social media posts were made, moderated and responded to where necessary over a 12 month period.
3) Benefits to key stakeholders
Over 40 Children's Centres across Cornwall and Dorset and the wider South West have reported benefits from having well trained and confident Breastfeeding Peer Supporters volunteering alongside health and community professionals.
Midwives and other health professionals on the postnatal and neonatal wards at RCHT Treliske, Truro have reported benefits from having highly skilled Breastfeeding Peer Supporters available to mums and their babies.
Around 80% of Peer Supporters report high confidence levels in their own skills in supporting mums and babies at groups. Around 50% of Breastfeeding Peer Supporter volunteers report continuing to volunteer for over 12 months helping their communities to have continuity of support and the sustainability of the community groups.
Over 90% of the Dorset Breastfeeding Peer Supporter volunteers spent an hour per week supporting mums and babies with breastfeeding outside of their community group setting.
Specific feedback from Infant Feeding teams and parents who use the 'Essential Guide to feeding and Caring for you Baby' helps us shape future editions of the Guide therefore ensuring its continued usefulness to both families and health professionals.