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Project information

Widening Access to OCN training course

In Gloucestershire, mothers from more socially and economically deprived areas are less likely to breastfeed or attend a GBSN group. We wish to support mothers to access our OCN-accredited training course. We hope to improve both health outcomes and employment and training opportunities.

December 2011 - December 2012

Charity information: Gloucestershire Breastfeeding Supporters' Network

Gloucestershire Breastfeeding Supporters' Network logo
  • Need


    Universal mother-to-mother breastfeeding support in the community is not funded by NHS Gloucestershire. Three-quarters of all mothers in Gloucestershire breastfeed their baby at birth. However, due to lack of support, many women quickly stop. This is more evident among mothers who live in areas of high deprivation, which widens health inequalities. In addition these mothers are not able to access the training opportunities offered by GBSN.


    We will promote the training opportunities through our work with community midwives, hospital midwives and local health visiting team. We also work closely with Children's Centres in areas of multiple deprivation. We will work on creative solutions to engaging mothers who may be reluctant to access support.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Build stronger working relationships with clinicians providing antenatal care for local mothers.


    » Train existing peer supporters to attend NHS-run classes.
    » Provide ongoing training seminars open to all health professionals in Gloucestershire. Seminars will be open to all peer supporters.

    What success will look like

    Success will be a 10% increase in the request for our peer supporters to attend NHS-run courses.

    Aim 2

    Develop new approaches to encouraging all local mothers to access the support provided by GBSN.


    » Conduct a series of meeting with local Children's Centres and Community Midwives to assess the needs of local mothers.
    » Conduct an appraisal of best-practice from our Specialist Workers who are involved with supporting young mothers.

    What success will look like

    Success will be a 10% in the number of mothers from priority areas who attend our support groups.

    Aim 3

    Develop material to promote the OCN-accredited training course to local mothers.


    » Complete an appraisal of existing best-practice in other areas
    » Pilot a set of materials in a key area with the view to rolling it out across our network.

    What success will look like

    Success will be a 50% increase in the number of mothers from priority areas who complete the training.

  • Impact


    An increase in breastfeeding rates in priority areas will improve health outcomes for both mother and baby. NHS figures will show breastfeeding rates by postcodes, which can be related to our work.
    Improving access to training will improve the economic opportunities for local mothers. Will we see the success of the project by analysing the further opportunities that peer supporters access upon completion of their training.


    The success of this project relies on the goodwill of local maternity clinicians. We will build upon existing relationships.
    There may be barriers to learning for some mothers. We have minimised these by offering a course that requires no prior learning. We also encourage mothers to come to the training course with their baby.


    Donors will receive monthly emails from the charity Trustees outlining the progress of the project. A final report will be issued at the completion of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,500 Training course Conducting one course for 12 peer supporters
      £1,000 New materials Developing new materials to encourage local mothers to access support and training
      £500 Training seminars Conducting two training seminars for local health professionals
      £400 Meetings Facilitate four days of meetings with local health professionals
      £600 Printing Printing costs
  • Background


    Gloucestershire is a rural county with one large concentration of people. Access to facilities is difficult outside of the Gloucester/Cheltenham area as transport links are poor. There is much rural poverty that is largely hidden as pockets of deprivation are small and dispersed.


    All women who give birth in Gloucestershire and surrounding counties are able to access our support. Our groups are all free to attend and do not require a referral. Conversations are in confidence, which allows mothers to seek support in a non-judgemental space.
    Health outcomes will improve and local mothers will gain practical skills and experience.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only charity to offer universal breastfeeding support across Gloucestershire. We have built up very close working relationships with local midwives, Children's Centres and Health Visitors. Details of our charity are given to all local mothers-to-be at their 28-week antenatal check.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jo Abbott

    Jo is a Trustee and is passionate about promoting GBSN to a wider audience.

    Kirsty Bassett

    Kirsty is a Trustee and has led a similar project, funded by St James's Place, which covered the Cirencester area.