Welcome to the Building Bonds Project!

The Building Bonds Project is designed to help families and their children to be close, especially in times of crisis, need or trouble. We believe that every child should have the chance to enjoy close and loving contact with their primary caregiver. A comfortable, well fitting hands-free carrier will enable these essential bonds to form, building a happy brain.

The Building Bonds Project fits and donates slings and carriers to families in health, social or financial difficulties, who are unable to source their own carrier easily. We aim to break down the barriers to babywearing, making carriers accessible to those who need them most.

There is much evidence to show that the first 1000 days of a child’s life have a huge impact on their future trajectory: we are here to help build the resilience and relationships that allow children and their families to thrive despite adversity and difficulties. (You can read more about this resilience here.)

Who do we work with?

  • We work with organisations that help people needing intensive social support, such as those with refugee status, survivors of trafficking, domestic abuse, or with previous social services involvement.

  • We help families whose children are needing prolonged stays in hospital, who are very unwell or have life-limiting illnesses. Close contact can be very reassuring for scared children and their parents. A sling/carrier can simply help with transport around hospital and to and from vehicles, and help with caring for other children.

  • We help families who have children with special needs. Comfy slings can offer fantastic opportunities for occupational or physical therapy as well as being a safe space for a child. They can be incredibly therapeutic, for children with sensory processing difficulties, autism or physical disabilities, for example.

  • Baby carriers can also be a very useful tool for children in the foster care system; helping to build secure attachments to the new caregivers, and to act as a tool to aid transition between homes.

  • We help families who are experiencing significant pre-existing or antenatal/postnatal depression, anxiety or PTSD, as we recognise that perinatal mental health disorders can have a very significant impact on parent/child bonding.

Carrying children makes a difference to children and their carers.

Where are we?

Our main base is in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. We can help anyone in the region who can come to us in the city centre, and we can arrange group visits when needed.

We can help families further afield if they are referred by their local sling library or consultant, to help with identifying and fitting an appropriate sling.

Check our eligibility criteria for referrals in this document here.

Criteria for Building Bonds Project

Are you a health or social care professional? Refer here.

Health or Social Care Professional Referral Building Bonds Project

Are you a sling librarian or consultant? Refer here.

Sling Library Referral Building Bonds Project

Would you like our help? Refer yourself here.

Self Referral Building Bonds Project

You can also contact us here if you have any queries!

We are a CIC (a Community Interest Company), staffed by volunteers and reliant on the kindness of others and grants and donations to be able to support families.

Donate to our Project via our Golden Giving link.

Please see some of the families the Building Bonds Project have helped here. Please remember that many families need their identities protected, so what we can share is limited.