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.

A little end of year celebration

As the library is now closed until he New Year I felt it was time to have a look back and here are some statistics from our year. 

We reopen at Ace Playce in Killingworth on 4th January and our first consultation appointments are from Thursday 7th. So as I have a little bit of down time I have been working out what we have done this year.  

In 2015 we made 774 individual sling hires. This doesn’t include those people who had one sling and extended hires. We currently have 103 slings out on hire. Our stock consists of 252 slings. We currently have 8 drop in sessions a month and it still costs just £8 for 4 weeks hire.

In terms of percentage increases we have increased our stock by 40%, our yearly sling hires by 26%, our Facebook page likes has increase by 45% and our group now has 1058 people in it.

It hasn’t been the easiest of years as local changes have made it harder for us to compete. But I still enjoy helping parents to carry their babies big and small. We have been running for 4.5 years so can confidently say we are the oldest and the original sling library. I have trained with the widest range of schools and continue to continue my professional development. I have plans for more training this year. I won’t stop. 


Christmas at North East Sling Library

happy christmas

Wow December is nearly upon us. Where have the last 11 months gone? Yet here we are planning Christmas. Whether that is what to eat, doing the shopping and wrapping presents. For me it means planning our Christmas Closure.

Christmas is one of the only times where NESL closes down for any extended period of time and it does have an effect on when slings will be available to hire (both in person and by post) and when I can offer consultations. As you can imagine I want to enjoy the festivities with my family just as much as you want to share them with yours. 

The last sling library session of 2015 will be held on Thursday 17th December as part of Durham City Sling and Nappy meet. Two week sling hire option will be unavailable during December. The last date for postal hire will be Thursday 17th December also. During this period I will only post slings via Special Delivery regardless of value as I don’t want them to get lost with the extra mail in the system. Postal hires will be available again from Monday 4th January.

Where can you find us during December?

Wednesday 2nd December  – Birth and Baby Family Centre North Shields (10.30-12 & 1-2.30)
Monday 7th December         – Ace Playce, The Killingworth Centre (10-12)
Wednesday 9th December  – Meadowfield, Durham City (10-12)
Saturday 12th December     – Saturday Sling, Meadowfield, Durham City (2-4)
Monday 14th December      – Miss Tina’s, Barmston, Washington (11-1)
Wednesday 16th December – Birth and Baby Family Centre North Shields  (10.30-12 & 1-2.30)
Thursday 17th December     – Durham City Sling and Nappy Meet (10-12)

There will be no session at Tesco Consett during December as the community room is not available between Christmas and New Year. We will return to Tesco Consett on 25th January.

I am extremely close to being fully booked for 1:1 appointments. You can view my remaining availability here. As with library sessions I will be closed for consults over Christmas. Although in event of exceptional circumstances (hospital admissions etc) I will do my best to help.

Finally I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for supporting NESL during 2015 and I look forward to seeing you again in 2016.