Baby Café Local Launches
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 15:02

We are very excited to see Baby Café Local roll out across the UK. See where we've been recently!

Location: Hertsmere
Date: June 2011


Breastfeeding Awareness Week in June 2011 saw the official launch of Baby Café Local. Four Baby Café Locals were launched in the Hertsmere area project managed by Ruth Harrison.

Catherine Pardoe, Baby Café National Coordinator, attended the launch of Shenley Village Baby Café Local. "This is one of the first Baby Café Locals in the world and I'm thrilled to be part of the day" said Catherine, "The merge of NCT and Baby Café means that we can now open more Baby Café services and so even more families can the access the support and information they need to continue with breastfeeding."

 Note from Editor - please note that the Baby Café Local service is no longer available.

Location: Colburn
Date: June 2011

Cathy Harvey, NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor planned the official launch of Colburn Baby Café to coincide with National Breastfeeding Awareness Week.

The launch was well attended and everyone enjoyed the day. "We had received our induction training prior to launch which really helped us to prepare. Attendees included health visitors, peer supporters and children's centre staff and it was a good opportunity to understand what was expected from the service and have an insight into everyone's roles and how we can work together in a Baby Café Local" said Cathy. "We were also told about the administrative and marketing support available at Head Office and I have been able to call and get additional help when I need it."


Location: Stanground, Peterborough
Date: June 2011

A further Baby Café Local was launched in Stanground, Peterborough, led by Trina Warman, NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor Tutor. Before the launch, Trina and the team, including the local authority commissioner, received induction training from Julie Williams, Baby Café National Coordinator.

"The main benefit of the induction training was to be made more aware of the Baby Café brand and style of service" explained Trina, "There is an emphasis on high quality provision throughout the programme. One of the most interesting things we found was that the different ways various members of the team work, and the range of skills we have, can come together under the one brand of Baby Café to benefit local mums."

"Lots of mums had heard about the launch through the NCT" continued Trina, "which is an additional benefit of the two organisations now working together."

The launch was attended by Janet Dullaghan Assistant Director of Community Health, who was extremely supportive of the initiative and pleased that local mums were receiving breastfeeding support.


The national coordinators have facilitated induction training for more new Baby Café Local drop-ins due to launch later in the year and continue to support the existing network by delivering workshops throughout the country, including Great Yarmouth, Oxford, Leeds and Peterborough.