The Birth and Beyond Community Supporter service (BBCS) is a community development programme that provides volunteer peer support training and perinatal peer support to parents who are vulnerable during the first 1000 days of parenthood. These include refugees and asylum seekers, BME communities, younger parents and those living in difficult social circumstances.
The programme was developed and piloted in East Lancashire (Burnley), North Yorkshire (Catterick and surrounding localities) and West Yorkshire (Bradford, Huddersfield, Halifax and Wakefield).
Development and implementation relates to recommendation 1.4 of the NICE guideline NG44 on community engagement which sets out local approaches to making community engagement an integral part of health and wellbeing.
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