The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) is involved in a whole lot of one-off and regular events such as local community festivals, Breastfeeding Education Classes or Health Professional conferences. We'd love your help with:
- ABA displays and stands at Expos, conferences, fairs and community events
- group fundraisers
- Breastfeeding Education Classes
- grant applications
- group audit
- Breastfeeding Welcome Here
- baby care room audits
- ABA National Raffle
- Baby's Day Out
- health professional seminars
- branch conferences.
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Your local ABA group may have a stall or a Feed and Change tent at a local community fair. If you are in a major metropolitan area, your branch may have a stand at an Expo or a Health Professional conference.
Ask your group leader if there are any upcoming events in your area.
Your local ABA group is allowed to run two fundraisers per year, as well as the National Raffle.
Let your group leader know if you would like to help with your next group fundraiser, or if you have any fundraising ideas.
ABA offers Breastfeeding Education Classes (BECs) for expectant mothers and their partners or other support people. Classes are presented by qualified breastfeeding counsellors and community educators, or by a trainee under supervision. We like to have at least one demo mum, that is a mother and her baby to demonstrate a breastfeed. Members are also needed to help with administration, preparation of showbags, welcoming participants, registrations, preparing and serving morning or afternoon tea and packing up.
If you would like to be a demo mum or to help at a BEC, ask your group leader if there are Breastfeeding Education Classes in your area.
ABA groups receive grants from local councils, state governments, companies and charitable trusts.
Ask your group leader if you would like to help apply for a grant for your group, or if you have a suggestion for a suitable grant.
Group accounts must be audited once per year. Do you or someone you know have accountancy have auditing or basic bookkeeping skills? Your group leader would be very happy to hear from anyone who is able to help with the group audit.
The auditor must not be related to any of the signatories of the group bank account or to the group treasurer. The auditor is not required to be a member.
The Breastfeeding Welcome Here program has been designed to improve community acceptance of breastfeeding in public through the accreditation and promotion of breastfeeding friendly businesses and services. Any venue can be accredited: restaurants, indoor play centres, chemists, local government services, shops, banks and so on.
If you would like to approach a local venue to offer them a Breastfeeding Welcome accreditation, talk to your group leader.
The Australian Breastfeeding Association gives Baby Care Room Awards to premises that provide facilities for mothers to feed and change their babies and toddlers when they are away from home. You can help by inspecting premises applying to be accredited and by checking existing Baby Care Rooms.
See a list of Baby Care Rooms which need to be checked and for further details of where to get a National Baby Care Room Audit/Application form to help with your audit.
The ABA National Raffle runs from 'Heart to Heart' from Valentine's Day to Mothers' Day each year.
Sell a book or 10 tickets. Each ticket sold helps local mothers, babies and families by providing face-to-face contact with skilled counsellors, and a kid-friendly environment at ABA group meetings.
Contact your group leader if you are able to help with distributing or selling raffle tickets for your group.
Baby's Day Out, held in October each year, celebrates our babies' place in the community and their right to be breastfed anywhere, anytime. Baby's Day Out is an event for the whole community. Find out more at Baby's Day OUt.
If you would like to help, or to find out more, contact the Baby's Day Out Working Group coordinator.
ABA runs a series of health professional seminars in major metropolitan areas each year. Let your group leader know if you would like to get involved.
Each branch holds an annual Branch Conference. There are many tasks, large and small, involved in organising a conference. Let your group leader know if you would like to help organise your Branch's next conference.