BISC: Breastfeeding Information and Support Cornwall
Friendly non-judgemental peer-to-peer support
Community-Based Drop-in Groups
Welcoming, inclusive groups throughout Cornwall, run by trained volunteers, supported by the local health visiting teams.
Anybody who is giving breastmilk to their child, or planning to do so in future is welcome.
Many of our groups run in line with baby drop-in clinics or weighing facilities.
0ne-to-one Peer Support
Confidential, friendly and non-judgemental breastfeeding peer support video call
For appointments contact BISC by email PeerSupport.BISC@cornwall.gov.uk or phone the Central Health Visiting line: 01872 322779
Online Drop-In Peer Support Sessions
Just like a normal peer support group, but online.
You can join any group from any part of Cornwall, or drop-in to catch up with familiar faces at your local one.
No need to create an account or to log in.
Email PeerSupport.BISC@cornwall.gov.uk for more information.
BISC Peer Support on Facebook:
Go to your area’s Facebook page and click the message button to chat to a peer supporter live
Join BISC Facebook groups to find information, or to chat to peer supporters and other parents:
Interested in Volunteering with BISC?
If you would like to be part of the BISC team in your local area, get in touch!
We are always looking for new volunteers.
Ours teams consist of:
Meet and Greet Volunteers: people who are passionate about supporting breastfeeding families; a friendly, welcoming face, who helps peer supporters to set up and run each group session; to make sure everybody who attends feels included and is seen by a peer supporter.
Peer Supporters: people who have personal experience in feeding breastmilk to their children, who use their own experiences and the training provided by BISC, to support other families. We work closely with Health Visiting Teams and Midwives, we are trained in Safeguarding and have regular DBS checks and update training.
We run training courses several times a year at different locations throughout Cornwall, depending on demand and need of each area. Many of our meet and greet volunteers go on to train as peer supporters.
During the Covid crisis our groups are closed and we are not able to provide training courses, however, if you would like to get involved in the future, please get in touch to find out more and to join the waiting list. We will then be in touch with you as soon as we are able to sign up new volunteers.