Are you interested in slings and want to become a peer supporter or admin assistant? Do you have 4 hours free once a month?

Norwich Sling Library are looking for volunteers to help run library sessions. We need people for a variety of rolls including meeting and greeting, setting up, refreshments and admin. If you’re keen to commit to a regular roll and want to learn more about babywearing we offer training in return for 12 months commitment. We even offer to pay back 1/2 the cost of an accredited peer supporter course after the 12 months if you wish to take this route. The volunteers at Norwich Sling Library are highly valued, not only because they give their time for free, but also because they offer a unique service that has the promotion of safe and comfortable babywearing at its heart.

How much time do I have to commit?

Currently the library is open on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 11-1pm and on the 4th Thursday at Norwich Playhouse 10-12; you are asked to commit to 4  hours during this time (1 hour before and after). As new sessions become available then you are welcome to choose to take these instead/as well if help is needed.

What will volunteering with Norwich Sling Library involve?

We ask that you help set up before the library and help pack away after. This includes things like setting out carriers, preparing refreshments and sweeping up etc. During the library sessions, you may be greeting people as they enter and make sure they get a ticket/sign in as needed, helping to sign people up to our online system or take payments and check carriers in and out.  As a peer supporter you will be empowering parents to carry their children by offering demonstrations and impartial advice on the variety of slings we have on offer.

How long does training take?

Norwich sling library peer supporter training is a one-day course (9am-5pm) and covers the following:

The benefits of babywearing
How to protect the airway, spine and hips
Optimum positioning
Demonstrating the safe use of slings in front and hip carries
A more in-depth knowledge of the most common type of slings and carriers
Teaching skills and trouble-shooting

All other training will be done during the library session as we go.

Are there any terms or conditions?

You can attend as and when you decide if you just want to help with setting up etc but if you want to train to be a peer supporter we ask you volunteer for 12 months (12 sessions) to ensure the training costs aren’t wasted.

Do I need to have babywearing experience?

Not for general help but some babywearing experience is required if you wish to become a peer supporter, however full training will be given; we are just looking for someone familiar with carrying children and a passion for helping others.

How do I apply?

Simply email norwichslings@yahoo.com with the title ‘Volunteering’ or join our volunteers group. We may ask you to come along for an informal interview.