Volunteer with us
We want to thank all our volunteers
You help us to support more families to breastfeed their children
Are you passionate about supporting mothers and parents on their breastfeeding journey?
Are you looking for a meaningful way to make a positive impact in your community?
Our volunteers are the heart and soul of OBS. From providing a warm welcome to offering skilled breastfeeding support, every role is valued and impactful. Join our team of dedicated volunteers and become a part of our friendly breastfeeding support charity.
"I became a volunteer after receiving help from OBS for my son during the first couple weeks of his life. Having the help and support was invaluable and enabled me to reach my breastfeeding goals. The experience made me feel passionate about breastfeeding support."
Chloe, OBS peer supporter
Who can volunteer?
- Anyone over the age of 18
- You will need to have an enhanced DBS check
- We value diversity in our volunteers and welcome applications from all sorts of people, from all backgrounds
What roles can I do?
- Peer Supporter Volunteer – giving families basic breastfeeding support at sessions
- Host Volunteer – giving families a warm welcome when they arrive at sessions
If you have a specialist skill or experience that you think may be useful then please talk to us.
Our commitment to you
We believe that everyone has the right to access the support and resources they need to breastfeed successfully. We strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment that values diversity and recognises the unique experiences and needs of each individual.
We are committed to actively dismantling any barriers that prevent families from accessing the support they need and to continuously improving our services to better meet the needs of our diverse community.
We provide a comprehensive induction as well as ongoing support, development and supervision to ensure you feel confident and empowered in your role.
How much time do I need to give?
Many of our roles involve helping at our weekly in-person sessions. Each session lasts roughly three hours. We’re flexible though, so it is possible to help every fortnight.
Our future roles may be even more flexible.
How do I apply to volunteer?
You need to decide which role you are interested in. Next you need to fill out an application and equal opportunities form. We’ll then contact you for a brief interview and arrange for you to observe a session. We’ll organise your induction and arrange for you to do safeguarding training. You will also need to have a criminal records check (Enhanced DBS), as our volunteering roles involve children. If you want to become a peer supporter then you’ll need to complete a training course.
What is a peer supporter?
Peer supporters are volunteers who give breastfeeding mothers and families encouragement and support with basic breastfeeding issues. They will normally have breastfed their child for a minimum of 6 months and will have completed a short training course. They are not expected to solve complicated breastfeeding problems.
We invite applications from volunteers who have already completed peer supporter or breastfeeding counsellor training with other charities and organisations. We also welcome applications from healthcare professionals already supporting breastfeeding mothers and families, but we would expect you to undertake peer supporter training so that you are clear about expectations of the role. We will give you a full induction into the remit and boundaries of the role.
What training do I need?
The course involves about 35 hours of online study, over 12 weeks, including watching videos and completing exercises.
ABM expects applicants to have breastfed for at least 6 months before applying. It costs £45 and we will reimburse you once you have completed the training.
We are working on developing our own OBS peer supporter training, which will be provided via a combination of remote and in-person delivery. Please email us if you want to be kept informed about this so that we can keep your details on file.
What to do next
Last updated June 2023