This year we recruited local and active volunteers in the Chapel End ward of Waltham Forest to encourage local women to increase their uptake of early antenatal care as part of the Community REACH research project. At the end of 9 months, the update of antenatal care will be compared to a ‘control’ ward (Forest, Waltham Forest) which has similarly low levels of antenatal care but will not have had the intervention of the trained volunteers speaking to the local community about the benefits of care during pregnancy.