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Community Star, Alice is celebrating again thanks to Better Start Bradford

Community Stars winner, Alice Wilkinson is celebrating again after securing a Parents in the Lead award for her breastfeeding pack project.

Alice, who won the Early Years Community Stars category thanks to her innovative breastfeeding idea, will receive £410 to be able to provide more breastfeeding mums with a breastfeeding pack in the Better Start Bradford area. The pack includes re-useable breast pads, breastmilk storage bags, a silicone band to help mums remember which side they last fed from and a comforting hot chocolate sachet plus much more.

When I found out that we had the funding it was amazing!

Alice, 26, said: “The idea for the project all started while I was breastfeeding my daughter. I used to wear a wristband so I could remember which side I last fed her on and I thought it would be great if they could hand them out to new mums. Then I thought about what else breastfeeding mums would find useful.

“When I found out that we had the funding it was amazing! It means we can start making the packs and handing them out to new mums in the Better Start Bradford area. Because of the funding we are able to provide good quality products that are helpful and practical to breastfeeding mums in Bradford. Thank you to everyone who has supported the breastfeeding pack and helped make it happen, I really hope people find it useful and that it can promote breastfeeding.”

Six projects share over £4000 in latest round of Parents in the Lead funding

Alice’s project is one of six projects that have been awarded Parents in the Lead funding in the latest round of awards. The projects will share over £4000 of the funding between them and activities will include sporting activities for dads and their children, Forest School sessions, cycling skills, and cultural shared learning sessions.

Gill Thornton, Head of Programme, Better Start Bradford, said: “The breastfeeding pack is such an innovative project and is one example of the great ideas our local parents are coming up with.

“We are really keen hear from parents, grandparents and carers of children under four, families expecting a baby and groups who want to develop new activities with babies and children.  The next deadline for applications is Wednesday 28 February 2018.”

Better Start Bradford is made possible thanks to a £49 million National Lottery grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

Better Start Bradford’s Parents in the Lead activities fund is designed to help parents run activities for families expecting babies or with children under four, in the Better Start Bradford area of Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton. You can apply once a year for a maximum of £2,000 to fund your activity.

Activities should be for under fours and contribute towards social and emotional development; develop communication and language; and improve nutrition and health

Check out our website: www.betterstartbradford.org.uk/projects or call 01274 723146. Please check the guidance notes to see what activities are fundable and cannot be funded.

Latest awards

Project Award Description
Forest School for Parents and Children at Canterbury Nursery School £980.00 Through training, parents will be able to develop and understand the benefits of children learning, playing and discovering within a natural environment. Once trained they will be able to run forest school sessions for families with children under 4 at Canterbury Nursery School.
Balance Bike Event £450.00 Becycling, a cycle training organisation, will be coming into the heart of the Canterbury community. They will work with parents to teach parents/carers and their young children to exercise and cycle safely together.
New Arrival Group £760.00 The New Arrival Group will be putting on a variety of activities for parents, grandparents, carers and their little ones. Activities will include cook and eat sessions and arts and craft activities.
Breastfeeding Bag £410.00 This project will provide a breastfeeding ‘bag’ to all breastfeeding mums to support and encourage them to continue breastfeeding their babies. The ‘bag’ will include many useful items including re-useable breast pads, a colourful silicone band to help mums remember which side they last fed from and treats for the mum.
Culture Comforts £250.00 This culturally diverse group will come together, with their children and share activities from their different cultural backgrounds including cooking, games, sports and stories.
MUMS (Mothers United to Motivate and Support £1,420.00 Local mothers, grandmothers and carers and their children will have access to a weekly coffee morning session. The sessions will also be used to discuss different topics linked to healthy attachment and child development. Professionals will be invited in to lead discussions where appropriate.


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