There have been highs and lows in 2017!
We end the year having processed around 1000 hires! We have 200 active (hired within the last six months) users and 200 items for them to choose from!
We have 12 volunteers (plus the librarian!) that attend the library sessions, 2 of whom trained to be babywearing consultants this year! That gives us a total of three conultants, five trained peer supporters and five admin volunteers! Each one of them is amazing and give their time freely to benefit others.
We run from five venues all around our bit of the North West and covering different types of venues too from a Parish Hall to Soft Play!
This year we received our first ever funding grant! This meant we could add our new free stretchy wrap hire scheme and we had a photoshoot with Hazel Hughes Photography to get professional photos to use as advertising.
But getting this scheme up and running scheme was one of the year’s lows. Unfortunately it all became very difficult when the original wrap manufacturer (Snugiwraps) disappeared into the sunset with the funding for the wraps. Although the biggest high of the year was the librarians around the rest of the country and our new manufacturer (Hana) stepping in to save the project!
We introduced late fees in February, intentionally set high in order to encourage people to deal with it sooner rather than later. This has worked extremely well with overdue hires reducing by 50%! We have still had some that gone significantly overdue though and due to this and non contact from those hirers I have submitted three small claims court proceedings this year. Each one has made me indescribly sad.
On the whole though we’ve had a superb year, many babies have been carried and many parents and discovered that they can use their hands again! Here’s to an even better 2018!
St Helens 9/1/18 10.30-12.30 Playdays
Warrington (South) 10/1/18 12.15-14.15
Warrington (Central) 17/1/18 10.30-14.00 One To One Midwives PAC
Wigan (newborn) 18/1/18 11-1 Hal’s Pad, Wigan Library
Wigan (Central) 23/1/18 11.45-13.45 Hal’s Pad, Wigan Library
Golborne 31/1/18 10.30-12.30 Treetops
Please check the times, dates and venues carefully as some have changed recently.
More details of each venue are in the “venues” tab above. If you’re on facebook you can subscribe to be auomatically informed of new dates here: https://www.facebook.com/WaWiSHSlingMeet/events
Please create an account on the sling library database here: https://wawishslinglibrary.myturn.com/library/inventory/browse
Slings at standard sling library sessions: Will be available for hire and demo, to hire it is £4 per week (3 month block hire is also available. £25 for stretchy wraps, £40 for anything else) I don’t ask for a deposit as standard. Instead please bring along a piece of I.D. with your address and a picture of you on it (for example a driving licence).Want to save time when hiring? Then register here: https://wawishslinglibrary.myturn.com/library/inventory/browse Any problems just contact me via the sling meet page or website.
Important: If you want to hire something specific please contact in advance to check it’s available. All toddler carriers are by request only to save space in the suitcase And back carries can ONLY be demoed and not taught for safety reasons. See below for consultations to learn back carries.
Be warned that some sessions can get very busy so time with peer supporters or the librarian are STRICTLY limited, private consultations are available wawishconsults.setmore.com