“Volunteering with Visit from the Stork has been a lifeline for me”

Visit from the Stork CIC’s longest serving volunteer steps up to become Chairperson of the board in a new era for the Salford Social Enterprise.

Faye Stafford, 40, lives in Cadishead with her husband Rob and two children Zachary, 6 and Heidi, 5. Although working in a public health role in her day job, in her spare time she has been volunteering for Salford based social enterprise Visit from the Stork CIC for just over 5 years.

“Volunteering for VFTS through the BOOBS project has literally been a lifeline for me,” She says, “having had depression following my first baby being born due to a number of medical reasons as well as not being able to breastfeed,  I knew something had to change when I got pregnant with my second baby.

“I contacted BOOBS during my pregnancy and they put me in touch with other mums who had already breastfed. When my daughter was born I received additional support from them and wanted to give something back. They contacted me about being a volunteer and the rest is history.”

Faye was part of the BOOBS calendar project in 2015 which saw Salford mums volunteer to be photographed breastfeeding in public across the city for a charity calendar and has since supported the team through events and their BOOBS Approved campaign.

Faye with Heidi, 2015. Image by Collision Photography

“I have loved every minute of being part of the volunteer team and although I stopped breastfeeding last year, I managed a successful breastfeeding journey for over 3 years.”

Faye with Heidi at Salford Airport , for our BOOBS Calendar 2015. Picture by Digigraphix Photography

Now Faye is one of 5 new Directors for Visit from the Stork CIC as they move in to post-covid delivery of services and she has stepped into the role of Chairperson of the Board, supporting the CEO Kimberly and Executive Director Rachel.

Faye with Kimberly in 2017 at the Little Pot of Health Innovation Awards

“I am delighted to have been nominated to be Chairperson of Visit from the Stork CIC for 2020. This is a fantastic new role for me and I am excited about the team we’ve got together. I really look forward to making sure the business can support parents as much as we can as we emerge out of Covid-19.”

Kimberly Bond, CEO of Visit from the Stork CIC said:

“It is fantastic that Faye wanted to join the Board and become our chairperson, she has been a fantastic volunteer over the years. I am really excited about all of our new Directors, some of whom have joined the company as volunteers for our Covid-19 project only 6 months ago and are so passionate about helping parents in Greater Manchester.

“All of our new Directors will be instrumental in helping us grow and recover after Covid-19.”