We hold monthly meets at:
Carbis Bay Memorial Hall,
7 Trencrom Lane
The dates of our next meets are:
Saturday 22nd September
Saturday 27th October
Saturday 24 November
Saturday 16th December
Frequently asked questions
Who are we?
St Ives Sling Support was first set up in 2015 when a group of friends realised there was an increasing need for an official babywearing sling library in St.Ives.
Cornwall is famous for being truly beautiful and has some magnificent beaches and places to explore but this can also make it difficult for getting around with a pushchair; alot of us naturally were already babywearing and had a desire to help other local parents to do so safely and comfortably.
The group of enthusiastic volunteers which run the slingmeets have all undergone official babywearing training with both the School of Babywearing and Born to Carry. We are fully insured, and we frequently get refreshment training to keep us all up to date with the latest babywearing guidelines.
St Ives Sling Support is run as a not-for-profit community group and everyone is welcome, there is no membership or sign-ups to come along. We love to see expectant parents to come along too!
What happens at the slingmeets?
St Ives Sling Support meet once a month at the Carbis Bay Memorial Hall between 10am and 11.45am. You can come along at any time during those hours and you can stay as long as you need.
On arrival we have a brief register for you to sign and we kindly ask for a £2 donation to cover our costs. The volunteer on the desk will help guide you to a peer supporter who will help you. You get about 10 minutes time with a volunteer, in which they can demonstrate various slings from our huge selection and you can try them on either with your child or with a demonstration doll. You are welcome to bring your own slings along to the slingmeet.
Our slingmeets are often very busy, so we appreciate your patience while you wait for a volunteer to be free. During that time you are welcome to sit and enjoy a hot drink and cake which is included in your entry donation.
What if I need more time with a peer supporter?
If you feel that you need more than the 10 minutes with a peer supporter, please tell us and we can pass on some contact details for a local babywearing consultant, who can see you at a suitable private arrangement for a fee.
What if I would like to hire a sling?
If you find a sling you would like to hire, the volunteers on the desk will help you with some paperwork, deposit and payment (we accept PayPal, cash or cheque). The hire runs from one month to the next, for a maximum of 3 months. We also hire out stretchy wraps for free! (deposit required)
How much is it to hire a sling?
All of our slings and carriers cost a hire fee of £10 (with the exception of stretchy wraps – see below) , this is approximately a month; it runs from one meet to the next. A deposit of £50 is required for the hire, which is fully refundable upon return of the sling. Deposits can be paid by cash, cheque (this will be not be banked) or paypal.
How much is it to hire a stretchy wrap?
We run a free stretchy wrap hire scheme. We feel very passionately about carrying babies, especially during the first three months. To enable as many people to access babywearing as possible we offer a free hire for stretchy wraps and Close Caboos. A deposit of £20 is required for the duration of the hire which is then refunded upon return of the stretchy wrap.
What if I can’t afford a deposit?
if you have some paperwork evidence that you are on a very income and cannot afford the deposit, please contact us and we will try our best to help you.