Anna Rumble, Peer Support Coordinator
A little bit about me: I’m a self-confessed lactation-geek and passionate about normalising breastfeeding, so I’m really happy to be working with such a wonderful, experienced and dedicated group of volunteers all across Cornwall. As a relatively new Peer Supporter myself, I may not know all the answers, but I’ll know where to find them and point you in the right direction, to support you as you need it. I’m here to help you keep your training and safeguarding up-to-date, to keep you abreast in all things related to ‘Real Milk’.
I became a mother to a wiggly, bouncy boy in 2016 and I can honestly say it’s been the biggest, most rewarding challenge of my life so far! Breastfeeding was really tricky for us for a long time and I am eternally grateful for all the amazing support I got at Hayle, Falmouth and Penryn. I’m sure there are more challenges and rewards yet to come, but our nursing journey is far from over. I’ve just trained as a Peer Supporter myself so I’m really excited to be able to pay forward some of that time and effort.
I’ve had a varied career until now, most recently teaching at secondary school. I have also taught English as a foreign language and worked in admin and been a tour manager. I think this eclectic mix has given me the skills to work with all sorts of people, to coordinate and inform, and help achieve goals. My work and passion for travel has taken me around the world, but at the end of the day I’m happy to have returned and settled in the best bit of it.
A little bit about what I do: Realbabymilk has been commissioned to ensure that the quality of support and information provided at breastfeeding support groups is at its absolute best. In part, this will be achieved through the regular, annual updating of volunteers’ skills and knowledge through training and ensuring that professional development is valued, encouraged and supported. We are working hard to evidence the work we are all doing to sustain funding beyond 2018.
My role here is to regularly update our data and contact information systems. Furthermore I support volunteers to keep up-to-date with their training and skills, through a variety of opportunities including Great Expectations, the UNICEF Baby Friendly Accreditation and the Real Baby Milk newsletter.
I manage and organise training for new volunteers in the community and at hospital. I liase with Children’s Centres and Health Care professionals, as we are a cog in the wheel of an important and very valuable partnership. We are working tirelessly, embedding supervision frameworks and providing first contact support and telephone supervision for all community/hospital peer supporters across Cornwall. I make regular contact with you by email, Facebook and telephone and please get in touch with me if you need to. I am supported in my role by Mary who is Project Manager.
A little bit about what you can do: What Real Baby Milk needs from volunteers:
- Do you receive the Realbabmilk newsletter? It counts towards your annual update.
- Attend face-to-face update training and conferences when they are offered to you.
- Evaluate the training and updates to let us know what you think; it’s important to us that it is of value to you.
- Regularly check the Real Baby Milk website.
- Join Facebook groups for your area and the main Real Baby Milk Facebook page for sharing good practice and regular information updates from RBM.
- Sign up to the UNICEF Babyfriendly Initiative updates.
- Please let me know if you suspect that you are not on our data system.
- Let us know if you have anything to contribute to the newsletter.
Peer Support Co-ordinator