Reblogging this because this is the running group it talks about is the one that have got me back into running.


A while ago I wrote a post called ‘What’s My Motivation?’ where I talked about joining a running group. Much to everyone’s surprise (not least my own…), I’m still going along each week. It’s a fantastic group and I thought you might like to know a little more about it. I’m really pleased that the brilliant Kate Macpherson, who leads Durham Mums on the Run, has written a guest post for Each Small Footstep. Enjoy!

DMOTR LOGO Laura invited me to write a guest blog about Durham Mums on the Run ages ago and although it’s been on my ‘to-do’ list, I’ve never managed to sit down and actually write it. However, this week is our third birthday, which has made me pause and think about how we started and what we’ve achieved in the past three years.

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Meet our new consultants

Two weeks ago, I wrote to say how I had revisited two days of the Slingababy consultancy training and how it had completely ‘blown my mind’. Of the 6 women completing the course for the first time, 2 were peer supporters with NESL. Madeleine and Suzie had both completed the Born to Carry Peer Support course with me but wanted to develop their skills, both for their own professional development and the benefit of NESL. Many users of the library will have met one or both of these two wonderful women. They are dedicated to the library and firm friends. So this post is about them and gives you the opportunity to learn a little more about them. They are both insured to offer consultations as well as supporting at the sling library.

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Christmas at the sling library

christmas-2961385_1280.jpgThe nights have firmly drawn in and everywhere there are little hints that Christmas is only a month away. Personally, I am ignoring that fact as I have only purchased 5 gifts. However, the arrival of the festive season also brings our annual Christmas closure.

Our last session of 2017 will be Wednesday 20th December in North Shields. From January, our North Shields session will be running just once a month as Madeleine will be taking over running of our Killingworth session.

December Sling Library Sessions

Friday 1st December – Ace Playce, Killingworth 1.30-3pm (with Madeleine).

Wednesday 6th December – Birth and Baby, North Shields (this session won’t run from January) 9.30am-12pm.

Thursday 7th December – Tesco Consett, Genesis Retail Park, Consett 1.15-2.45pm.

Friday 8th December – Miss Tina’s Washington 1.30-2.45pm

Saturday 9th December – Saturday Slings at Home 2-4pm

Wednesday 20th December – Birth and Baby, North Shields 9.30am – 12pm.

There will be no session on Saturday 23rd December – sorry folks but I’ll be in mad panic mode for the big day.

We will reopen for Sling Library Drop in sessions in Consett on 4th January 2018. Postal hire will be unavailable between 23rd December and 2nd January.

Slings hired on Saturday 25th November for  £10 will benefit from 3 extra weeks sling hire. That’s almost a month for FREE! Those hired from Birth and Baby on 6th December will also gain 2 weeks extra hire to take them to when this session restarts in New Year.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


Rachel and all at NESL



Mind blown – a weekend of revision and new learning.

Several of the team here at NESL HQ have today figuratively had our minds blown. Since Friday, Suzie and Madeleine (along with 4 other ladies) have been completing their Slingababy Consultancy training (more details of that to come direct from them in next few days). For them this meant a trip to Birtley and the Thought Foundation Building, rather than a road trip to Rugby. The 4 days of this course when I completed it in 2014 completely changed how I function and work as a consultant, I hope they are having similar revelations. From the expressions I have witnessed from both, I think it is safe they have!

One of the reasons I am such a strong advocate for training with Slingababy is that once you have completed the course you can reattend as many times as you wish. With a course arranged just 20 minutes from my home, it meant I had the opportunity to reattend for the first time. Due to work commitments, this means I have been only able to attend days 2 and 3 but those two days have been amazing. Despite already completing this course, I cannot believe how much I taken onboard over the past two days. My brain is in overdrive as it processes the information it’s received and makes connections between my past learning and experience, and what I have learned this weekend.

Here is just a sneak peak at what we have been up to. As of Tuesday, Madeleine and Suzie will both be available for 1:1 appointments and they have some plans up their sleeves too.

Lumiere Festival Sling Sessions

vn-large-Lumiere-set-to-light-up-Durham-again-in-2015For each of the last two visits of the Lumiere Festival to Durham, we have opened to provide extra sling hire sessions. We plan to do the same this year! The Lumiere Festival runs from 16th-19th November (ticket details are here).

This opportunity  allows families who are planning a trip to this spectacular event to do so hands free. It also allows the babies/children being carried to view the events from adult height rather than knee height. lum1The festival also gets extremely busy, so by using a carrier children are kept close an safe in the crowds  (it is estimated 200,000 people visited in 2015). Even things such as getting the bus/park and ride into the city centre can be a little easier with a sling. Artichoke, the event organisers, even recommend that you use a sling rather than take pushchair. As a mum of two, I would also never have imagined taking mine if we hadn’t carried them.

This is what their website says:


“I want to bring my child in a buggy, is this OK?

We’ve learnt from feedback at previous Lumiere festivals that getting through the crowds with a pushchair can be really difficult. If you can, carry your child in a baby carrier or a sling so they can enjoy all the installations with you. “

So how can you get a sling?

Due to my own work commitments I cannot provide the same level of “open house” sessions that  have done previously but we will be offering some extra drop ins. You will be able to hire a carrier at any of the following events (extra sessions marked in bold). For exact times please visit our Facebook page.lum3

Wednesday 1st November – Birth and Baby Family Centre Drop In (North Shields)

Thursday 2nd November – Community Room Tesco Consett (Genesis Retail Park, Consett)

Friday 3rd November – Ace Playce (Killingworth)

Friday 10th November – Miss Tina’s Washington (Barmston Village, Washington)

Tuesday 14th November – Open House 1.30-2.45pm (Rachel’s House).

Thursday 16th November – Open House 1.30-4pm (Rachel’s House).

Friday 17th November – Open House 1.30-2.45pm (Rachel’s House).

I will potentially be able to offer a limited drop in on Saturday 18th but this will not be confirmed until nearer the time.

What does it cost?

lum4Slings that are hired from the normal monthly drop in sessions will be charged at normal hire fees (£10 for 4 weeks) as these sessions only run once per month.

If you wish to hire from the extra hire sessions, it will be cost £3.50 per carrier. They will need to be returned by to our next library drop in (and normal hire form must be completed and credit/debit card details stored via Stripe). Slings must be returned via the Red Drop Box on or before or in person on Saturday 25th November (2-4pm). If sling is not returned by agreed date, we will assume that you wish to extend your loan and charge card accordingly.

We will have a very limited number of baby/child ear defenders and babywearing covers available too.  Both slings and accessories will be available on a first come, first served basis.