Criteria

Who do we help?

Our aim is to help families who would find a carrier of considerable therapeutic benefit for a range of reasons, and who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford or access a sling. We have a few criteria to ensure we are helping the right people who really need our service, as our funds are limited.

One of our team (we are all trained in sling safety) will suggest a carrier based on current needs and arrange fitting and donation.

  • Clients will need to be able to get to our base in the city centre (The Snug, 71 Leadmill Road, S1 4SE)
  • We will visit inpatients at the Children’s Hospital.
  • We will visit organisations to help multiple families, by prior arrangement, within a 2hr (approximately) driving radius. Please contact us to discuss

Our service is based in Sheffield and South Yorkshire, but we will support people from further afield if they can get to our base.

Sling Librarian/Consultant referrals from around the UK will need to offer fitting and personal support to clients they refer; the sling will be posted to the referrer, not the family.

You may be eligible for our help…

  • if you (or your partner) are suffering from ante- or post-natal depression or anxiety, PTSD or other condition affecting your ability to bond with your child
  • or have a child with a serious or life-limiting illness or significant disability,
  • or a child who is spending a lot of time in hospital,
  • or a child with special needs,
  • if you care for children in the emergency care system (such as fostering)
  • or are in receipt of intensive social care support from certain agencies (such as the perinatal mental health service, City Hearts, The Snowdrop Project, Ashiana, Welcome Box, domestic abuse charities etc)

AND

  • are experiencing a financial or access barrier. A good example would be those eligible for Healthy Start Vouchers due to low income, or a child with a life limiting illness requiring prolonged hospital stays and expensive equipment, or where a parent has had to give up work to care for a child with disability.

We aim to be flexible and break down barriers.

For example, we would help a mother who has fled a difficult family situation and needs to be able to care for her baby and toddler until she is back on her feet again. It could be someone with refugee status who hasn’t yet got documentation, or someone who is experiencing postnatal depression or anxiety, has no independent income but doesn’t qualify for additional benefits.

For children with life limiting illnesses and those with prolonged inpatient stays we will often offer visit them in hospital due to the intense complexity of the situation. This is to ensure parents get the benefit of a sling in the last part of their child’s life, or while they are unable to leave hospital, as we recognise that trying to source and buy a carrier in such an intensely distressing time is very hard and families can then miss out on the benefits.

Please fill in one of our application forms at the top of the page.

Please contact us if you have any queries.