Publication - Advice and guidance

Breastfeeding peer support core principles for volunteering in Scotland: guidance

Published: 3 Aug 2021
Directorate:
Children and Families Directorate
Part of:
Health and social care
ISBN:
9781802012019

This is a quality standard framework for health boards and third sector organisations to apply to their peer support services.

Breastfeeding peer support core principles for volunteering in Scotland: guidance
Appendix 5: Data set

Appendix 5: Data set

Peer support Volunteering data

Volunteers – who are they?

Age Group

19 & under ☐
20-24 ☐
25-34 ☐
35+ ☐

Postcode (first 4 digits)

Gender

Female

Male

Other

Prefer not to answer

Ethnic Group

White

  • English, Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish or British
  • Irish
  • Gypsy or Irish Traveller
  • Any other White background

Mixed or Multiple ethnic groups

  • White and Black Caribbean
  • White and Black African
  • White and Asian
  • Any other Mixed or Multiple ethnic background

Asian or Asian British

  • Indian
  • Pakistani
  • Bangladeshi
  • Chinese
  • Any other Asian background

Black, African, Caribbean or Black British

  • African
  • Caribbean
  • Any other Black, African or Caribbean background

Other ethnic group

  • Arab
  • Any other ethnic group

Sexual orientation:

Heterosexual or straight

Gay or lesbian

Bisexual

Other:

Prefer not to answer

Health:

Do you have a disability or long-term health condition?
Yes/No

Languages spoken:

Is English your first language?
Yes/No

If no, what is your first language?

What other languages are you fluent in?

Reason for volunteering: Please state here

Volunteers – what are they doing?

My role:

I provide (tick all that apply):

☐ Phone support

☐ Online support

☐ Supporting on a postnatal ward

☐ Supporting in a neonatal unit

☐ I support an online group for mums

☐ I support mums in a face-to-face group setting

☐ I support mums in walking groups

☐ I mentor new peer supporters

☐ I supervise new peer supporters

☐ I am a member of a national advisory group for breastfeeding

☐ Other: please record any other work here:

Volunteers – what did they gain from volunteering?

There is a need to look at what the individual peer supporter gains from their volunteering experience. This impact assessment, from NHS Tayside, provides a template for data collection on the impact of volunteering.

Peer Support Volunteer Impact Assessment

Peer Supporter: Course Start Date:
  Course End Date:
  3-month Date:
  6-month Date:

We are committed to offering volunteers a quality volunteering experience. To help us to understand the impact volunteering with us has on you and to inform funders and other key stakeholders how much our volunteers benefit from the volunteering experience we have devised a questionnaire for you to let us know how you are feeling at key stages in your journey.

Please score how you feel from 0-5 (0 = very low/no experience and 5 = excellent)

Personal Development At Start of Breastfeeding Training (0-5) At End of Breastfeeding Training
(0-5)
After 3 months
(0-5)
After 6 months
(0-5)
Self-confidence        
Sense that I have things to look forward to        
Ability to communicate with others        
Skills Development At Start of Breastfeeding Training (0-5) At End of Breastfeeding Training
(0-5)
After 3 months
(0-5)
After 6 months
(0-5)
Overall knowledge of breastfeeding skills        
Knowledge of benefits of breastfeeding to Mum and baby        
Skills Development At Start of Breastfeeding Training (0-5) At End of Breastfeeding Training
(0-5)
After 3 months
(0-5)
After 6 months
(0-5)
Knowledge of breast milk storage        
Knowledge of breastfeeding positioning & attachment        
Awareness of when I am outwith my remit and need to refer to health professionals        
Awareness of group dynamics - ensuring the groups provide a non-judgemental environment        
Knowledge & understanding of Home-Start ethos, policies, and procedures        
Ability and understanding of the importance of collating, completing and submitting regular, relevant information and paperwork        
Health & Well-being At Start of Breastfeeding Training (0-5) At End of Breastfeeding Training
(0-5)
After 3 months
(0-5)
After 6 months
(0-5)
Physical health & well-being        
Emotional health & well-being        
Diversity and Inclusion At Start of Breastfeeding Training (0-5) At End of Breastfeeding Training
(0-5)
After 3 months
(0-5)
After 6 months
(0-5)
Appreciation of other people's cultures        
Appreciation of other's views & values        
Friendships, Contacts and Community At Start of Breastfeeding Training (0-5) At End of Breastfeeding Training
(0-5)
After 3 months
(0-5)
After 6 months
(0-5)
Making new friends        
Seeking further training or qualifications        

'I feel that the Breastfeeding training provided me with the knowledge required to support a Mum through her breastfeeding journey'. What is your reaction to this statement?
Please tick a box.

Please tick relevant boxes At End of Breastfeeding Training Course
(0-5)
After
3 months
(0-5)
After
6 months
(0-5)
Strongly agree      
Agree      
Disagree      
Neither agree nor disagree      
Strongly disagree      
Not relevant      

Are there any additional subjects you feel should be added to the training?

'I feel confident that I can approach my Co-ordinator for support'. What is your reaction to this statement? Please tick a box.

Please tick relevant boxes At Start of Breastfeeding Training (0-5) At End of Breastfeeding Training
(0-5)
After 3 months
(0-5)
After 6 months
(0-5)
Strongly agree        
Agree        
Neither agree nor disagree        
Disagree        
Strongly disagree        
Not relevant        

Many thanks for completing this questionnaire. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to ask your Co-ordinator for help.

Mothers accessing support

Age Group

19 & under ☐
20-24 ☐
25-34 ☐
35+ ☐

Postcode (first 4 digits)

Contact Number

Age of baby:

0-7 days ☐
8-14 days ☐
2-6 weeks ☐
6-8 weeks ☐
2-6 months ☐
6 months + ☐

Gender

Female

Male

Other

Prefer not to answer

Ethnic Group

White

  • English, Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish or British
  • Irish
  • Gypsy or Irish Traveller
  • Any other White background

Mixed or Multiple ethnic groups

  • White and Black Caribbean
  • White and Black African
  • White and Asian
  • Any other Mixed or Multiple ethnic background

Asian or Asian British

  • Indian
  • Pakistani
  • Bangladeshi
  • Chinese
  • Any other Asian background

Black, African, Caribbean or Black British

  • African
  • Caribbean
  • Any other Black, African or Caribbean background

Other ethnic group

  • Arab
  • Any other ethnic group

Sexual orientation:

Heterosexual or straight

Gay or lesbian

Bisexual

Other:

Prefer not to answer

Health:

Do you have a disability or long-term health condition? Yes/No

Languages spoken:

Is English your first language? Yes/No

If no, what is your first language?

What other languages are you fluent in?

Your family

Is this your first baby?
Yes/No

If no: how many other children are in the family?

Is this your first time breastfeeding?
Yes/No

If no: how many times have you breastfed and what was the longest you breastfed for?

Current Feeding method

Exclusively breastfed

Mixed (breast & formula)

Expressing and giving expressed breastmilk

Formula feeding

Breastfed plus solids

Mixed plus solids

Reason for contact with peer support:

Meet other mums

Worried about milk supply

Pain when feeding e.g. sore nipples, thrush

Mastitis

Baby – slow weight gain/weight loss

Going back to work

Restart breastfeeding

Stop breastfeeding

Other: please tell us why

Who referred you/how did you hear about the group/peer support service?

GP

HV

MW

FN

Peer Supporter

Friend/family

Social media

Other: Please tell us who


Contact

Email: Julie.Muir@gov.scot