As 2015 arrives it will bring a new monthly session in Consett. Starting on 26th we will be taking up residence in the community room of Tesco Consett for an hour a month. I am still finalising exactly how this session will operate so keep checking back. We will continue our travelling library sessions on 2nd Monday of month drop in at Miss Tina's in Washington, and 3rd Wednesday of month in North Shields. Durham City sling and nappy meet which launched in June 2014 will also continue. From September my youngest will be entitled to 15 hours free child care a week so I may also be able to offer more flexibility.
I want to say thank you to those who support me the most: my husband Martin and boys Henry and Isaac. They have been the ones who have wiped my tears when events have caused me pain, given me the confidence to carry on and pursue my dreams. Thank you also to Sharon, Kirsty, Emma, Carla, Kayleigh and Rachel for being the backbone of NESL admin team on our Facebook page and group. You are amazing.
So 2014 is drawing to a close and I am feeling reflective. This has been the sling libraries busiest ever year. We have made 613 sling hires (not including extensions) during the calendar year. I have completed my 3rd babywearing consultancy course (Slingababy in April) and have started teaching peer support courses under the auspices of Born to Carry. I have been regular monthly Workshop Wednesday's and can now offer consultations on 2 days per week. In February 2014 I was also appointed inhouse consultant for Calin Bleu and in October 2014 was made a director of an exciting new venture, The UP Project. A nationwide project to bring free slings, carriers and consultations to parents with low incomes and other additional needs. This project was officially launched in December with our pilot project and registration as a CIC.
2014 did bring me some difficult decisions regarding the sling library and how I operate/who I work with. I started NESL in 2011 as the first and only sling library in the North East. I intend for us to stay the biggest. I may no longer attend larger sling meets and have left a number of sling groups, I do not intend to cut down what I do.
I'm Rachel, an experienced babywearer and consultant. In July 2011 I decided to establish the NESL to help the NE to carry their babies big and small. I'm mama to Henry (5yrs) and Isaac (2yr).