Treasure Chest is self funded and relies on donations and grants. Various funding bodies have supported our work over the years including: Volunteer England, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York Fund for Women and Girls, Purey Cust Trust. Treasure Chest receive no statutory financial help from either the NHS or the council.
We have recently received a grant from the Two Ridings Community Foundation which paid for us to train 7 new peer supporters. We have also received £1,000 from Tesco's Bags of Help scheme. We are part of the Co-op's Local Cause initiative and you can select to support Treasure Chest here.
Treasure Chest volunteers also raise funds themselves through events such as cake sales, jumble sales and summer fairs.
Most of the money raised by Treasure Chest is used to fund our training courses for local mothers who are passionate about breastfeeding, to become breastfeeding peer supporters. The courses are offered free to participants and where possible a creche is provided free of charge too. Current training costs Treasure Chest approximately £150-£200 for each peer supporter on the course. Other money raised by Treasure Chest is used to cover the running costs of the organisation, e.g. leaflets and posters.
All Treasure Chest peer supporters are volunteers and receive no financial reward for their work with mothers.
Treasure Chest peer supporters at the West Bank Park summer fair