We’re working hard on putting the answers to all of the common questions in one place but we aren’t quite there yet, if your question isn’t answered here please let us know so we can add it.
We can try! Our consultants take time out of their paying jobs to run sling library sessions as volunteers. Right now we are at capacity for library sessions.
However, if you can provide a venue we can attend for a fee to cover our costs on a trial basis. Alternatively if you feel you’d like to volunteer with us running a session in your community we will do everything in our power to support you, contact us for a chat.
we also have these:
- An office with someone around to sit, listen, drink cuppas and give genuine solidarity
- A no pressure shop where you can look at slings, nappies and other sustainable parenting products
- A nappy library with loans of trial kits
- A workshop producing slings and associated products
- A craft and chat group, helping you make do and mend or exercise your creative muscles
- an evening sewcial with facilities to help you get going with sewing
- Hosting a Positive birth group
- Faciliting a pass it on group
- Provide an affordable meeting space for groups like ours
We also provide volunteering opportunities, they’re great for your CV, confidence building, meeting people
In the pipeline:
- Feeding support group
- Extended office hours
- Continuing education opportunities
- A volunteers forum
- An alternative new parent course
- A birth and parenting library
- Family Cycling (no slings involved but we will have equipment to lend)
If you’d like to help, or get involved please give us a shout.
yes we can, we believe that money shouldn’t be a barrier to safe slinging, take a look at our families in need policy and please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need us.
There are a number of ways to find out when your sling is due back to us:
- Check your emails, including the spam box, our database sends an email with the return date on.
- Log into your myturn account using the email address you gave us when you joined, you may need to reset your password.
- If you borrowed it from a regular monthly session it will be due for return at the same venue the next month, check our calendar
- If you borrowed it from a one off event, or a weekly session, or our HQ it’s due back 4 weeks from then.
- If you’re still not sure then inbox us and we will be happy to check.
If you love the sling you’ve borrowed so much that you can’t bear to part with it you can rehire it without coming to see us, just click here
Our membership option can also save you money on a sling, when you join us as a 6 month or year member you can borrow as often as you like or for as long as you like (one sling at a time) and we will also give you twenty percent off everything else, sales, extra loans, classes and one to ones.
I can’t return my sling on time, what should I do?
If you can’t make your return date please get in touch with us as soon as you can and we will do our best to help. You can usually return it another day or to another library session along with the daily rate of £1 per day late fees. If you’re going to be more than 10 days late you can save money by rehiring it instead, just click here and we will back date the transaction.
I’m not sure where my sling needs returned to
You can return your sling in person to any Parenting North East event or to our HQ in the centre of newcastle, we’re open 10-2 monday to friday.
You can post it to us at Arch 21, Forth goods yard, off Forth st, Newcastle, NE1 3PG, it should be posted to arrive with us before it’s over due, we recommend you send it tracked and insured to make sure it gets to us.
How much does it cost?
We do! We don’t sell every sling the library stocks but we do keep a good selection in our shop. Where else can you go to buy a sling for your newborn, toddler or preschooler where the staff know the product inside and out, can help you get it fitted before you leave, will provide you with ongoing support and absolutely wont sell you something that isn’t going to work for you?
You can come peruse the slings and buy if you like either online or at our HQ Monday to Friday 10-2
When you buy from us you’re supporting the work parenting north east does, we are a not for profit organisation, all the profits go back into doing good.
You can come along to any of our library or drop in sessions to get help with choosing a sling. Session can be busy so we usually only have time to show 1 or 2 different slings, this works well if you have some idea of what you want but you want help narrowing it down.
If you can’t make one of our meets and have some idea of what you are looking for then why not pop into our office for a sling fit session (£15 including 4 weeks sling hire) our HQ is open 10 – 2 Monday – Friday
If you have no idea where to start with what sling you might like then you can book yourself a 1-2-1 session with one of our consultants these session are 60-90mins and will give plenty of time to look at and try on a range of slings. a 1-2-1 is £25 and includes 2 weeks sling hire.
You can come along to any of our meets or drop in sessions with your own sling and get sling fit advice. We do not make a specific charge for this but donations are always appreciated.
If you can’t make one of our meets or session then our offices are open from 10-2pm Monday – Friday (our office is staffed mostly by volunteers who all have families, if you are making a special trip to see us, it is often a good idea to message us first to double check we are open) Sling fits outside of normal meets and drop ins are £5
You agree to return your sling on time when you borrow your sling, late fees are covered in the terms of that loan. When you don’t return your sling on time we can’t rent it to anyone else, when we can’t rent it to anyone else it’s harder to pay the bills.
Our admin volunteer spends at least an hour a day away from her paying job trying to contact borrowers to help them return or rehire their slings, that means her family have around £50 a week less to live on. We think that a pound a day late fees is more than reasonable in that light.
You can avoid being charged late fees by getting in touch if you can’t return and by paying to rehire your sling as soon as it’s due.
Nope, not usually. You can try on a couple of slings any time, just pop into our shop (£15 for help trying on a sling and borrowing for 4 weeks) or your nearest community session (£10 for help trying on a sling and borrowing for 4 weeks)
If you’re coming to try a back carry or tandem/twin carry for the first time or you have medical considerations then you are welcome to just drop in to HQ but if there isn’t a qualified consultant around we may not be able to help so you might want to make an appointment or call and check first.
Our shop is usually open 10-2 monday, wednesday, thursday, friday and 10-8 on tuesdays.