Bradford people are asked to vote now for one of the three volunteers shortlisted for our ‘Early Years’ Award as part of Bradford’s annual Community Stars celebration.
The Early Years Award category, sponsored by Better Start Bradford, recognises a person or group:
- Championing support to expectant parents and families with children under four, and encouraging others to get involved
- Volunteering in the Better Start Bradford area of Little Horton, Bowling & Barkerend and Bradford Moor (not necessarily for a Better Start Bradford project)
- Demonstrating enthusiasm, innovation, passion and a can-do attitude
- Going the extra mile for their community.
The shortlisted entries for the award are:
Alice Wilkinson – Alice has designed a ‘breastfeeding box’ to encourage mums to breastfeed. The box contains practical things such as a fridge magnet with storage times for breast milk on it and some breast milk bags. It also contains a hot chocolate and a biscuit to remind them to think of themselves by having a reward – just one example of her creativity. Edwina Linton explains how she has also tried to improve recruitment to the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP).
“With another client board member they developed the idea to use films to show to potential FNP clients to help with recruiting young mums to the FNP programme. They produced these films with a local college and the films are now available to be seen on the internet.”
Bumps and Babes – This is a group for refugees and asylum seekers who are pregnant or have young children. It offers a social network for the women who can then offer support to one another. The meetings include times for children to play together with singing, story time and crafts. The group offers a welcoming space away from ‘professionals’. It allows women to seek support from each other and make new friends.
“This group is completely voluntary and the volunteers have established it on their own,” explained Katie Swindon. “The group is so warm and friendly and it is a real testament to the volunteers who give their time to run such a special place.”
Baby Basics – Baby Basics is a volunteer run service that provides women in the local area with the essential equipment needed to take care of their new baby. The women are vulnerable and often living in difficult circumstances. Without this service, some families would struggle to provide a safe place for their baby to sleep or provide suitable clothes for their baby.
The BD5 Health Visiting Team nominated Baby Basics. “We have recently referred several women into this service. Items are provided free of charge to families who are often struggling financially. Providing this equipment reduces the pressure faced by some vulnerable families at the end of their pregnancy.”
The awards will be presented at a ceremony at Midland Hotel on 6 December 2017.