CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 17.3.20
I regret to have to tell you that all our groups are suspended until further notice.
However, we are still here for you, and will do everything we can to keep on offering support throughout this challenging time. We’ll just be doing it in different ways.
If you need help or support with breastfeeding, please contact us using the contact form on our website, or by messaging our Facebook page. We will support you via Facebook, phone, or Skype.
The social aspect of our groups has always been really important. That’s harder to replicate, but we’ll give it a go, and all pull together. We have set up a new Facebook group (called SCBS In It Together) so that we can have online mum-to-mum chat, and keep everyone’s spirits up. Feel free to use this group for all the things that you would have chatted about at one of our in-person groups.
If there is any other way that we can support you, just let us know.
You are not alone!
From 2009, Kendal Breastfeeding Support Group was run by Hayley Savage, a Mother Supporter with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (ABM). Ann Bruce set up the Windermere Group in 2011, and she subsequently trained as a Breastfeeding Counsellor with the ABM, qualifying in 2013. When Hayley moved on to further study later in 2013, Ann took over the running of the Kendal group, as a ‘sister group’ to the Windermere group. In 2016 Ann qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
All of this was done on a voluntary basis, with Ann and Hayley donating their time. As the groups developed, the work of running the groups and the behind-the-scenes admin became more than could be done on a voluntary basis. Like everyone else, Ann has to pay her bills, so we started to look for funds to pay her for some of her time, so that she could continue to run the groups.
In June 2015 we won some funding from the One Family Foundation. This was decided by national, public vote, and we were delighted and proud that our support groups has so much community support to win a vote like this.
In September 2015 a Board of Trustees was established, and we became registered as a Charity in April 2016. The 7 trustees are local mums and a dad, who all have a strong commitment to the value of breastfeeding, and a first-hand understanding of the importance of supporting mums to breastfeed.