Author: Marita Kenrick

Digital Marketers & Content Creators: Volunteers Needed

Friends of Breastfeeding is seeking to convene a subcommittee of digital marketers and  content creators, led by our Communications and Marketing Trustee, to work on a number of exciting campaigns/projects we have under development and contribute to our day to day activities which increase Friends of Breastfeeding visibility, engage our audiences and support the charity’s long-term strategy. FoBF is a completely voluntary registered charity, providing peer breastfeeding support all over Ireland. We are a small but committed team with big plans for the future of the charity. Since the Covid-19 pandemic we have shifted much  of our service provision to online and social media. We are looking to consolidate and improve our online offerings in tandem with the return to providing in person peer support. This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a team in developing our ‘third service stream’ of digital information and support and lead special campaigns, such as fundraising and awards campaigns. The Role: Friends of Breastfeeding is seeking individuals with digital marketing and/or content creation expertise. If you have experience or training in this area and want to play a key role in developing the look and feel of our digital activity, we are eager to hear from you. Depending on skills your responsibilities may include the following: Creating, delivering, evaluating and optimising digital marketing strategies aligned to organisational strategyManage and create...

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Fundraising Volunteer

Friends of Breastfeeding is seeking an experienced Fundraising Officer to join our National Committee. This role will be a Trustee of the charity and National Committee member.  FoBF is a completely voluntary run registered charity, providing peer breastfeeding support all over Ireland. We are a small but committed team and take great satisfaction in positively impacting the development, health, learning and wellbeing of Irish children, as well as maternal health and wellbeing. The Role: Friends of Breastfeeding is seeking an individual with training or experience experience of fundraising in the charitable sector. Previous voluntary experience serving on a Board or Committee is desirable.  This is an exciting opportunity to join our organisation at a pivotal time and to build a new fundraising strategy from the ground up. If you want to play a key role in improving the health of Irish women and children we are eager to hear from you. Depending on skills and experience your responsibilities will include the following: To create and deliver a new fundraising strategy aligned to organisational strategy and plansTo maintain existing income streams and develop/establish new fundraising opportunities and revenue streams ;To build and manage donor, supporter and partner relationships with the objective of increasing  sources of sustainable funding for the charity;Explore opportunities with new and emerging fundraising technologies;Regularly inspecting the charity’s finances together with the Treasurer to advise the Board of...

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Are you a Company Secretary? We need you.

Friends of Breastfeeding is seeking a Company Secretary to join our Board of Directors/Trustees and National Committee. This role will be a Board Director and Trustee of the charity.  FoBF is a completely voluntary run registered charity, providing peer breastfeeding support all over Ireland. We are a small but committed team and take great satisfaction in positively impacting the development, health, learning and wellbeing of Irish children, as well as maternal health and wellbeing. The Role: Friends of Breastfeeding are seeking individuals with Company Secretary training or experience to provide us with comprehensive legal, governance, compliance and administrative support and guidance.  If you have experience and training in this area we are eager to hear from you. The charity is in the process of reviewing its legal structure, providing an exciting opportunity to be involved in that process and in mapping out new governance structures.  Depending on skills your responsibilities may include the following: Ensuring that the charity is compliant with all relevant statutory and regulatory requirements, including ensuring that the charity is compliant with all relevant voluntary, statutory, and other regulatory requirements;Ensuring the charity is in compliance with the Charities Governance Compliance Code and that the charity’s Governance Record Compliance Form is maintained and kept up to date; Ensuring that the charity’s statutory registers are kept up to date;Handle all necessary filings with the Companies Registration Office and Charities...

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Friends of Breastfeeding Statement and Call to Action on the 40th Anniversary of the Adoption of the WHO Code on the Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes

Friends of Breastfeeding wishes the World Health Organisation Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes – a.k.a. ‘The Code’ – a very happy 40th birthday. We hope you’ll join us this week in celebrating its importance and achievements, and by nudging your local representatives for further action towards its full implementation in Ireland. Friends of Breastfeeding is fully committed to the values of the WHO Code – to protect breastfeeding, to protect all mothers and babies and to prevent aggressive marketing practices that can prevent mothers from meeting their own breastfeeding goals. This commitment is baked into our constitution as a core principle at the heart of the charity’s actions, and all of our activities and events are explicitly Code compliant. When the Code was first adopted on 21st May  1981 many of today’s breastfeeding mothers and their supporting partners were themselves babies (or not conceived). Yet the aim of the Code remains as relevant today as it was then: to ensure the provision of safe and adequate nutrition for all infants. The Code seeks to protect and support breastfeeding; and does this by ensuring the availability of impartial information, free from commercial influence, about breastmilk substitutes through the regulation of the marketing and promotion of these products. Why is The Code still so important? To maintain or increase profit, companies offering breastmilk substitutes need parents to formula feed...

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CALL TO ACTION: How to find your representative & a sample email

Step 1 Find the email details for your local representative on the Oireachtas site  https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/ If you don’t know your electoral area you can put your address into https://www.whoismytd.com/ and they’ll tell you.  Step 2 Tailor our draft email below. Include your address – so they know you are an important constituent. Dear [INSERT NAME], I am a constituent of yours and I am writing to you seeking your support with an issue that is of great importance to me. I would like to make you aware of the upcoming 40th anniversary of the adoption of the WHO Code of Marketing on Breast-milk Substitutes, which occurs on Friday 21st May 2021. The WHO Code aims to ensure the provision of safe and adequate nutrition for all infants. It does this by seeking to ensure the availability of impartial and adequate information about breastmilk substitutes through the regulation of the marketing and promotion of these products. These measures benefit all infants, irrespective of the way they are fed, by protecting consumers from predatory marketing practices and unverified claims related to infant nutrition products. The health of Irish infants is too important to be left to usual rules governing markets  and advertising. Ireland has adopted certain aspects of the WHO Code, primarily through the adoption of the European Communities (Infant Formulae and Follow-on Formulae) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 852 of 2007)....

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