Bump, Baby and Beyond (Dumfries and Galloway)

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Bump, Baby and Beyond (Dumfries and Galloway) is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, who's objects are:

 

  • to advance education through provision of support, advice and information to parents and parents-to-be to give their children a healthy start in life.

  • to raise awareness of the benefits of breast feeding and the needs of parents and parents-to-be through working in partnership with a wide range of voluntary and statutory organisations

  • to advance community development through building a volunteer led peer support network for families.

 

The information below complements our Volunteer Handbook and outlines our commitments to and expectations of volunteers within Bump, Baby and Beyond.  If our way of working sounds attractive to you and if you would like to volunteer, then please fill out the Volunteer Expression of Interest Form here,  

 

At any time you can contact the organisation for more information:

Phone:          N/A

Email:            dgbumpbabyandbeyond@gmail.com

Web:              www.dgbumpbabyandbeyond.co.uk

FB:                 www.facebook.com/BumpBabyandBeyondDumfriesandGalloway

 

Bump, Baby and Beyond is a parent led community group based in Dumfries, which successfully applied for charitable status in September 2014 (SCIO number: SC045122).  The group was originally created in 2010 as a network of parents who joined together to help raise the profile of breastfeeding support in Dumfries and was formally constituted under the banner mum2mum friends in 2011.

Over time our work around breastfeeding support has flourished and other distinct themed areas of work have developed alongside – all led by parents attending the breastfeeding drop-in.  Some of these new areas of work complement our breastfeeding focus and others have developed which go beyond this into other areas of parent support.  

In order to help us reach our vision and fulfil our mission, and in response to the expressed needs of our key stakeholders, we have developed high level strategic outcomes to give focus to our work and which highlight the differences we would like to make over the next 5-10 years. 

Strategic Outcomes

  1. Parents and Families (including those who are harder to reach) feel less isolated, have improved mental health and wellbeing, and are fully supported in their journey of raising a family.

  2. Children aged 0-11 who access Bump, Baby and Beyond are safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included. 

  3. Volunteers are passionate about and committed to the work of Bump, Baby and Beyond, and have the knowledge and skills to ensure they are confident in their role 

  4. Bump, Baby and Beyond is an effective and successful community-based organisation, seen as the preferred local provider of parenting support, while working effectively with other agencies for the benefit of children and families in Dumfries and Galloway 

Bump, Baby and Beyond currently has a team of over 30 volunteers planning and delivering a range of projects:

 

mum2mum friends: Information and support around breastfeeding and the early days of parenting, with particular focus on promoting the local NHS breastfeeding support network. www.facebook.com/groups/mum2mumfriends

  • mum2mum friends facebook group (1000+ members) to offer information and support around pregnancy, breastfeeding and the early days of parenting

  • Breastfeeding Welcome scheme (NHS partnership)

  • 'We All Chose to Breastfeed' Posters

  • Big Latch on events

 

Parent Chat: A regular programme of talks and demonstrations from local service providers. www.facebook.com/groups/ParentChatDG

  • Topics have included car seat safety, oral health, family finances, first aid, weaning, breastfeeding and returning to work, mother & baby yoga, minor ailments, cranial osteopathy, sensory play and more.

 

Mummies United: General parenting information and support through a closed facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/MummiesUnitedDG    

  • Information and support around a variety of topics.  For example, car seats, teething, bedtime routines, choosing childcare.

Dumfries Sling Library: Promoting attachment and bonding in the early years through babywearing www.facebook.com/DumfriesSlingLibrary

  • Promote the benefits of babywearing

  • Assist parents to ensure babywearing is safe and comfortable

  • Extensive library of slings available to hire for a minimal fee

  • Provide training for volunteers

Dumfries & Galloway Nappy Library: Promoting the use of cloth nappies www.facebook.com/DumfriesNappyLibrary

  • Trial kits or individual nappies available for hire

  • Free long-term loan kits available for low income families

  • Free information and advice for parents wishing to use cloth nappies

Babes in the Woods: Forest playgroup/outdoor play www.facebook.com/outdoorplaydumfries www.facebook.com/groups/BabesintheWoodsDG

  • Promoting the benefits of the outdoors for all ages

  • Regular organised outdoor play sessions for families, including babies

  • Organised trips to local events and venues

  • Promotion of local opportunities to enjoy the outdoors

Under 5s Craft and Messy Play: Connecting families through art and sensory activities www.facebook.com/BumpBabyandBeyondDumfriesandGalloway

  • Monthly weekend sessions

  • Storytime: Encouraging families to enjoy reading together

  • Promoting the benefits of sensory play

  • Demonstrating activities which can be repeated at home with common household materials

 

Children’s Book Group: Promoting early literacy through book-based family activities

www.facebook.com/BumpBabyandBeyondDumfriesandGalloway

  • Monthly weekend sessions

  • Craft activities themed around the monthly story

  • Resources to promote imagination and storytelling (dressing up clothes, story cubes, story stones)

 

Recipes and Weaning tips: Facebook group for discussions around weaning and feeding families www.facebook.com/groups/RecipesandWeaningDG

 

'Free From' Diets: Facebook support group for those with food allergies/intolerances www.facebook.com/groups/FreeFromDietsDG

 

Book Group: Social group for mums who like to read. Meets monthly. www.facebook.com/groups/BookGroupDG

 

Crafty Mums: Social group for mums who enjoy crafting.  Meets monthly. www.facebook.com/groups/CraftyMumsDG

Buggy Babes: Social group for mums who enjoy walking.  Ad hoc meets around town/forest walks etc www.facebook.com/groups/BuggyBabesDG

All project websites can be accessed via www.dgbumpbabyandbeyond.co.uk

Volunteers

While we have a core group of volunteers who manage and run the activities of Bump, Baby and Beyond we also attract volunteers who remain involved for a shorter period of time, whether this is due to changes in circumstance (e.g. returning to work after maternity leave) or changing interests and priorities as their children grow older.  Project leads are able to provide a current list of volunteers associated with their area of the organisation.  Whatever time you can spare, we would love to hear from you.  Our volunteers are not limited to parents or grandparents, come along to meet other local people.  If you would like any specific information on volunteering roles then please complete our expression of interest form for further information.

 

Service Users

  • Parents, families and children across Dumfries and Galloway

 

Key Partners

  • NHS Dumfries and Galloway

  • Dumfries and Galloway Council

  • Dumfries and Galloway OWL Group (Outdoor and Woodland Learning)

 

Communication

  • Bump, Baby and Beyond board meetings are held four times per year/quarterly (minimum). 

  • Project groups arrange their own meetings as and when they are needed and provide quarterly reports for the board of trustees as well as sharing minutes of meetings.

  • Project leads are invited to attend for a proportion of each board meeting, where relevant.

  • The majority of communication happens via Facebook planning groups

  • Each project has their own planning group

  • There is a general volunteer group for sharing information which is relevant to all projects/volunteers. 

  • Board members can also discuss organisational matters on a BBB Trustee Facebook group.

How decisions are made and influenced

  • No valid decisions can be taken at a Board meeting unless a quorum is present; the quorum for Board meetings is 5 Charity Trustees.   All decisions at Board meetings will be made by majority vote.  If there are an equal number of votes for and against any decision, the Chair of the meeting will be entitled to a second (casting) vote.  

Benefits including membership and social events

  • Bump, Baby and Beyond is a single tier organisation which means only the trustees are registered as members and have voting rights. 

  • Bump, Baby and Beyond deliver a number of social events which are open to both service users and our volunteers as well as dedicated volunteer social events.

  • We hope to provide a fun way to spend time with your family, sharing your skills with others, whilst meeting lots of local people.

 

If you like what you have read so far, then please fill out our expression of interest form here .

We aim to have matched you to a suitable role within 1 month of contacting us, at which point we will provide you with our volunteer handbook.

We look forward to having you on our team!