Sally works as an IBCLC in Leicester, the first city in the UK where there is no British White majority. Sally has had a particular interest in working with and alongside BME communities since studying in Toulouse for her degree in French in 1987 – she was invited to return to Toulouse in 1988 to deliver a workshop at the first ever French conference on literacy skills among immigrant communities, a subject she was almost totally unqualified to comment on!
The interest in multi-culturalism, and diversity, and the too frequent link with poverty and deprivation, has grown, through teaching French in a large community college, to her current life as IBCLC and project lead of a community breastfeeding support project MAMMAS. She has previously been an LLL leader, going on to be part of LLL Education and Development team, delivering LLL’s Peer Counsellor Programme. Since Education and Development team, delivering LLL’s Peer Counsellor Programme. Since LLLPCP was closed in 2011 she has focused on community breastfeeding work, particularly in BME communities, in Birmingham as well as Leicester.
A core element of her approach to protecting and supporting breastfeeding is its role in the wider society; mitigating poverty, health inequalities and social isolation, and creating strong communities of women from all walks of life.