I’m still grinning ear to ear at being elected NCT President at the AGM in November 2019.
January has been a full-on month packed with breastfeeding calls, home visits, job interviews, volunteer recruiting and celebrations.
Celebrating the #HiddenHalf
First let me say how absolutely DELIGHTED I am to hear the news that NHS England has announced it’s going to fund a dedicated six week check for mums.
Such an impressive piece of work by our Campaigns team. I know they’ve worked really hard on this to mobilise 100s of people to get involve and lobby MPs and decision-makers.
Busy breastfeeding month
In my breastfeeding counsellor role, January has been a busy month.
I’ve done four breastfeeding sessions, supported lots of mums with calls after birth, done five home visits, attended a study day and bid for classes in September and October.
I finally got round to asking my Capacity PSA for one of the fab new Photo Packs – it arrived a couple of days ago and looks amazing.
Such a busy month as a breastfeeding counsellor helped me to decide to use my London marathon place to fundraise so I can open a local breastfeeding drop-in.
Decision made, I got in touch with the Volunteer Support Team at UKO who helped me set up my Justgiving page.
After joining Baby Cafe Beckenham for its 5th anniversary, I know that was definitely the right decision.
I’ve also been working hard to revive my local branch. It feels a bit odd to be President when my local branch is dormant. I’ve met up with a local mum who’s really keen to get involved.
We’ve agreed to investigate venues for a table top sale, Baby First Aid and a bumps & babies group.
Again the Volunteer Support Team have been brilliant at giving me everything I need to relaunch Baby First Aid classes. Not only will this provide a great service to local parents, it will help to attract new volunteers.
Invite me to your events
I really want to be an active visible President. Please do invite me to events, whether volunteer or practitioner led. Don’t worry about location – I don’t want to limit myself to being London-centric.
Though I can’t promise to accept every invite because I need to balance my volunteer life with my family, work and marathon training!
A successful job hunt
As you know, I ran to be our President knowing I’d have to quit my staff job if elected. So in between all the NCT busy-ness, I’m applying for part-time roles in L&D, Change Management or Business Engagement, to run alongside my coaching practice. I will have exciting news on this very soon! Lips are sealed for the time being.
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