The Pregnancy Pal and Birth Buddy programme in Derby:

This is delivered by an innovative social enterprise called Ripplez CIC in partnership with Derby NHS Foundation Trust. The volunteer programme is coordinated by Hannah Yeoman who is a tenacious, skilled and experienced level 4 practitioner. This volunteer programme is an excellent example of collaborative working that involves users directly in NHS service provision.

Ripplez CIC delivers the Family Nurse Partnership programme, intensive health visiting services and the Pause Project, an initiative that works with women who have experienced, or are at risk of repeat removals of children from their care. By embedding their volunteer peer support programme alongside these services they have added a new dimension to their strengths-based, community empowerment ethos.