Treasure Chest Breastfeeding Group was established in 2005 by a group of health professionals and local York parents who had an interest in breastfeeding and in helping others to breastfeed.
We are a not for profit organisation in York, run entirely by volunteers and funded by donations.
Our trained peer supporters and breastfeeding counsellors are all parents who are passionate about breastfeeding with at least six months’ breastfeeding experience.
Treasure Chest Peer Supporters
Our peer supporters are all volunteers who have breastfed their child for at least six months and have undergone training to enable them to support other families who wish to breastfeed. They have all had 20 hours of training which covers areas such as counselling and listening skills, how breastfeeding works and how to tackle breastfeeding problems.
If you’d like to speak to a peer supporters you can find them at one of our support groups, on the hospital ward as part of their hospital support visits, and at our antenatal workshops. Most parents who have problems breastfeeding find their problems are resolved after meeting with our peer supporters, however, we can signpost to other avenues of support if needed.
As well as providing breastfeeding support, our volunteers also help with the running of our organisation including such roles as treasurer, secretary, fundraising, PR etc.
If you are interested in training to become a volunteer peer supporter, click here for information about our training courses.
Treasure Chest is self funded and relies on donations and grants. Various funding bodies have supported our work over the years including: Two Ridings Community Foundation, Volunteer England, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York Fund for Women and Girls, Purey Cust Trust. Treasure Chest receive no statutory financial help from either the NHS or the council.
We have recently received a grant from the Two Ridings Community Foundation which paid for us to train 7 new peer supporters. We have also received £1,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme and funding from the Co-op.
Treasure Chest volunteers also raise funds themselves through events such as cake sales, jumble sales and summer fairs.
Most of the money raised by Treasure Chest is used to fund our training courses for local parents who are passionate about breastfeeding, to become breastfeeding peer supporters. The courses are offered free to participants and where possible a creche is provided free of charge too. Current training costs Treasure Chest approximately £150-£200 for each peer supporter on the course. Other money raised by Treasure Chest is used to cover the running costs of the organisation, e.g. leaflets, posters, insurance.
All Treasure Chest peer supporters are volunteers and receive no financial reward for their work with families.