Mums wanted as Volunteer Breastfeeding Champions

Mums wanted as Volunteer Breastfeeding Champions


Mums are urged to step forward to become new volunteer Breastfeeding Champions in a bid to encourage other mums to breastfeed, continue breastfeeding and help support Infant Feeding Groups across Somerset.


The new volunteer role launched this week by Somerset County Council is in direct response to mums saying they wanted more breastfeeding support from other mums.


Cllr Christine Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Public Health & Wellbeing at Somerset County Council said: “Mums have told us they want more breastfeeding support from other mums.  So, we are now looking to recruit mums who are positive about breastfeeding to help expectant or new mums and provide vital support in the community and in local ‘getset’ Children’s Centres.


“This support will complement the professional and specialist breastfeeding support services already available.


Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health in Somerset at Somerset County Council said: “Evidence shows breast milk provides all a baby needs for healthy growth and development and constantly adapts to meet a baby’s daily needs.


“It also protects against a number of infections and against obesity in later life. Breastfeeding helps mums as well by reducing their risk of breast cancer, diabetes and ovarian cancer.


“If you want to help other mums to start breastfeeding, and continue breastfeeding, please get in touch.”


Breastfeeding Champion Volunteer opportunities are available across Somerset, which require approximately two hours a week and will be supported by a Health Visitor and by local get set centre staff.


Training for new Volunteer Breastfeeding Champions will be offered at venues across the county.


Mums who want to find out more can contact their Health Visitor, ask at their local getset service, email or contact 01278 664180.


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For further information, please contact Gill Ohlson on

Mobile: 07977 400171


Chairperson required for The Street Chamber of Trade

The Street Chamber of Trade and Commerce requires a new chairperson following the departure of the previous person. The role is ideal for someone who is interested in Street and its development and also someone who has business background/experience and wants to help the local businesses and the traders of Street. The right person would need to be able to delegate and also network with all sorts of businesses. The existing committee have exciting plans for forthcomingmonthly events but need someone outgoing to be the face of the chamber. The surrounding towns all have successful chambers and Street should be the same. We want the Street chamber to hold regular fun but useful meetings whereby the local businesses can network together but also the chamber needs to be the focal point for other agencies in Street with issues that affect Street.

In the first instance please contact James Pike from LocalReach Ltd on 01458 555503 or email There is an immediate start for the right person.