Meet Our TEAM

Staff

Xeni Robinson

Nourish Torridge Project Manager

“I have such fond memories of going to breastfeeding group every week with both my daughters when they were babies. The group gave me so much support and encouragement, empathy and friendship, and the confidence to carry on breastfeeding. I feel very honoured to be working for Early Nourishment and I hope I can now give back to mothers who come to the EN groups the same support that was given to me (including a warm welcome and a hot cuppa!).” 

Xeni’s background is in Outreach and Widening Participation into Higher
Education. She has recently completed qualifications in counselling skills and
children’s mental health as well as the Breastfeeding Peer Supporter
qualification through Early Nourishment and is an accredited baby massage practitioner. Xeni knows that the UNICEF Baby
Friendly Initiative is key to healthy, happy babies and mothers and wants to
support parents to make informed decisions to build close, loving, and
responsive relationships with their babies and achieve their breastfeeding goals.

Attasara Herrera Martel

North Devon Project Worker 

Attasara (Atta) runs our South Molton and Little Pebbles groups as well as helping to run our Barnstaple drop-in. She is a qualified baby massage practitioner and holds courses and workshops around North Devon. She has experience with children and families having worked around North Devon with her face painting business. With a little one of her own she is passionate about helping families bond and connect and understands the importance of those crucial first 1000 days.

Directors

Charlotte Ovey

Director

Charlotte is a primary school teacher, breast feeding peer supporter and mum of two.

“I’m a fierce believer in both the importance of breastfeeding and in women supporting women. Early Nourishment is an essential service to so many parents across the whole of North Devon and Torridge. I’ve seen first hand how it brings families together; allows women to feel heard; and creates a safe space for so many. I’m absolutely delighted to be appointed a director and I can’t wait to help Early Nourishment develop and continue to support many more women for years to come.”

Chloe Prince

Director

Chloe is a trained therapist and has an extensive history in project management and budget planning.

“Having had tricky feeding journeys with both my son and daughter where I felt isolated and embarrassed, I know first-hand what a life-line services like Early Nourishment can be. It is so important that parents are supported to make informed decisions and feel empowered however they choose to feed their children. I am so excited to be part of an organisation that does that for so many families.”

Holly Lathbury-Wilson 

Director and Project Manager

“I believe that all parents should have access to competent support that meets them where they are and is accessible and non judgemental. Parenting is so much more than looking after a child, it is the social and emotional needs of the whole family.”

Holly is an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) and runs our Nourished project, where she leads nourished drop-ins, starting solids workshops and baby massage classes in Barnstaple, Braunton and Ilfracombe as well as offering one to one infant feeding support and home visits. 

Holly trained with La Leche League as a Breastfeeding Counsellor and ran feeding support drop-ins in Ilfracombe where she is based. After working with La Leche League Holly retained that passion for supporting parents and babies and providing feeding and social support in the local community. 

Holly is trained in adult and pediatric First Aid and Baby Massage, as well as having a diploma in Nutritional Therapy. Holly also has an enhanced DBS check and is Level 5 Safeguarding trained. 

In her spare time Holly enjoys photography, music, the beach and a good box set! 

Founders

Hannah Ashford

Founder 

“I am passionate about creating a supportive environment to help parents feel safe and accepted. When parents do not feel judged or patronised they can work through their challenges and make decisions based on what is right for their family not based on the expectation of others. When parents feel confident and supported, this helps to build resilience within the community which has a positive impact on the whole of society. I am excited about the future of Early Nourishment and the positive effect it has upon the community.”

Hannah Ashford has been supporting local families since 2010 in a variety of roles including as breastfeeding counsellor & introduction to solids practitioner. She has
supported thousands of parents’ with regards to feeding issues, a mixture of local contacts & from working on
NCT Infant Feeding Line

Hannah has a BSc Hons (Open) degree, formed using her Diploma of Higher Education in Breastfeeding Counselling and topped up with two level six modules from the Open University; ‘Approaches to Mental Health’ & ‘Young lives, parenting and families’. Hannah has had other roles in the community such as volunteering for the County Council to advise on cloth nappies and she founded North Devon Sling Library in 2012. This education and experience means Hannah has a wealth of knowledge in supporting parents, having had the privilege of hearing thousands of parent’s journeys. 

Hannah is the CEO of North Devon Against Domestic Abuse (NDADA), and is passionate about supporting families to acheive their full potential. 

Louise Oliver

Founder 

Louise is the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Lead for the National Childbirth Trust and has a wealth of experience supporting parents. She helped to get Early Nourishment off the ground and with her dedication and knowledge has helped it to become the amazing organisation it is today. 

Our Volunteers

Early Nourishment CIC would not exist without the dedication of our peer supporters who volunteer their time for free. We are passionate about the use of peer supporters as we value the contribution of those with lived experience.  We are confident that our support follows the guidelines set out by the maternal mental health alliance for good perinatal peer support.

Our Support Is:

SAFE – we have a robust safeguarding policy & an experienced safeguarding lead; our online forums are moderated by our directors who have relevant professional training & experience.

ACCESSIBLE AND INCLUSIVE – we choose our venues on the basis of them being accessible to all, ALL of our groups & services are free to everyone. If unable to access our feeding drop-ins then we can arrange 1:1 support to ensure no one is unable to get support when they most need it.

COMPLIMENTARY – we work alongside statutory services, offering a service that is complimentary but not replacing the amazing work they do. We have links to refer women on for additional support if anything falls outside of our remit as a service. As a service we strive to ensure our governance allows statutory services to feel confident in referring to us.

INFORMED – our service has been designed on the basis of feedback from those who use it; we are constantly listening to feedback & being responsive.

RECIPROCAL – all of our peer supporters are part of the Early Nourishment family, it’s important to us that they get something out of volunteering with us. We offer accredited training, updates & supervision.

Here are some of our wonderful volunteers that you may see at our sessions

We know that accessing services can be difficult especially for those with additional needs or from minority groups. We aim to recruit volunteers from different backgrounds to enable our service to be diverse & help us bridge some of these gaps, as often these groups are even more impacted by increased social isolation

If you are interested in becoming a breastfeeding peer supporter then have a look at our training page for further info.

We are also always interested in volunteers to help with other areas of the project so if you want to get involved or have an idea you think we could collaborate on then get in contact.

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