A local volunteer has been rewarded for her hard work at the NCT Stars Awards, which recognise the enthusiasm and dedication of those who help the charity in its work to support over one million new parents every year. Elena from NCT Swindon Branch has been nominated for the Most Supportive or Innovative Volunteer category.
Elena has been an NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor for nearly four years. Alongside teaching breastfeeding classes as part of NCT antenatal courses, Elena has been involved in training peer supporters, and setting up breastfeeding support groups. She has been committed to going to the support groups herself, each week, offering mothers information and continuity of support.
Elena visits the Great Western Hospital postnatal ward once a week, helping mothers and babies who are experiencing some initial breastfeeding challenges. Elena enjoys this voluntary role at the hospital, and is also happy to offer support to new mothers in their own homes. Indeed, visiting mothers at home is the aspect of her role that Elena finds most fulfilling, and above all useful and effective for the mothers and babies. She feels the urgency of the situation and tries her best to visit them within a few hours of their call.
Elena said: “It was touching to hear that I have been nominated for this award. It felt like positive feedback, confirmation that the work I do has an impact and does make a difference to the breastfeeding experience of local mothers and babies."
A high volume of nominations were received from NCT’s 105,000 plus members across the country for six different categories that each recognise the different roles that volunteers play for the charity.
NCT has over 10,000 volunteers who give their time, energy and skills in more than 300 branches through a wide range of roles: providing support for parents, co-ordinating branch activities, fundraising, editing newsletters and many more.
The NCT Stars Awards, sponsored by Pampers, recognise the commitment of the volunteers who make a huge difference to the charity’s work and, as part of their local branch, help provide a much-needed support network for parents.
The Awards also recognised the hard work and dedication of the charity’s specialist workers who provide antenatal, postnatal and breastfeeding support to new parents, and who were nominated in three further categories.
Ruth Howard, Branch & Volunteer Services Manager at NCT said, “All our volunteers enable us to support thousands of parents every year through an incredibly life-changing experience. These awards are an excellent opportunity for us to celebrate the particular achievements of some of our hard-working, creative and committed volunteers in our local branches. We hope their success will inspire others to get involved in whatever way they can.”
If you would like to find out more about volunteering at your local NCT branch, call the NCT enquiry line on 0300 330 0770.