Drop in sessions are the basic day to day sling library open times. We run at least one free open session each week in venues in Leeds. Drop in sessions are free, regular and a good base for basic advice and rentals. They are run by trained volunteers and can be very vibrant and social, busy and full of families with their slings and carriers.
Everyone is welcome at drop in, but if your query is a little more complex, you or your baby have additional needs, you are new to carrying or prefer a more sedate environment, you might choose to book a one to one session.
DROP IN SESSIONS
We run drop in sessions at multiple venues in Leeds, allowing you to choose the session that suits you best. You can see the full schedule of drop in sessions on our calendar page.
HORSFORTH – TINY TOES PLAY CENTRE, 30 Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 4RJ. We use the home from home area at Tiny Toes once a month from 10.30-2pm. Tiny Toes is a soft play centre aimed at the under 5s, with ball pools and play frame, baby play area and ride on toys. The home from home area is equppied with sofas, cots and bouncy chairs. The café area sells hot drinks, meals and refreshments including home made pizzas. Entry fees usually apply, but for visitors using the sling library entry is free for babies under 12 months or half price for 12m plus if you would like to stay and play. Drop offs and pick ups are free and can be accomplished without entering the play area.
FARSLEY – THORNFIELD AVENUE FARSLEY LEEDS LS28 5HJ
This is the home address of the sling library owner Nicola, in use temporarily until a new space for our drop in can be found. Please respect our neighbours and park appropriately when you visit. We run 10-2.30pm here.
Currently the sling library is looking for a permanent home for drop in sessions. Can you help? Please get in touch!
PUDSEY – PUDSEY WELLBEING CENTRE – first floor community hall
Sling Socials are baby group style sessions to which all are welcome. We use the community hall of Pudsey Wellbeing Centre – we take the entire sling library along and families come to play, to try carriers, get advice, return or pick up rental carriers. Sessions are free but we have a voluntary contribution towards the cost of room hire, all proceeds to Love Pudsey charity.
PUDSEY WELLBEING CENTRE, ROBIN LANE, PUDSEY, LEEDS
Every Other Friday 12-2.30pm
DIRECTIONS TO VENUES
The Sling Social sessions at Pudsey Wellbeing Centre are within sight of the large Pudsey Park/Leisure centre free car park, and the Robin Lane car park.
Tiny Toes is at the rear of Horsforth Town Street and served by the Kerry ill car park. It can be accessed via the alleyway next to Fultons if you use parking on Town Street.
The nearest train station is New Pudsey which is about a 10 minute walk from the Farsley base. Walking directions can be accessed using the journey planner at http://www.wymetro.com/ or using Google Maps.
The Sling Social sessions are served by the same station, but are much easier to access by bus to Pudsey Bus Station.
The nearest train station to Tiny Toes is Horsforth station.
Bus numbers X6, X8, 8, 9, 16, 16A, 72, 80, 86, 508 and 714 all serve Farsley, direct and frequent services from Horsforth, Bramley, Pudsey, Middleton, Seacroft, Leeds, Bradford, Halifax and everywhere in between make the library easily accessible by bus.
The Sling Social sessions at Pudsey Wellbeing Centre are within sight of Pudsey Bus Station and served by all Pudsey buses.
Horsforth Town Street has regular buses including the 8,9, 50, 50A and the 97 runs nearby.
Access is mostly level with a lift available. Some pushchairs and wheelchairs may be difficult to manoeuvre inside the store where some walkways are narrow. Please ask at the desk if you need assistance reaching the cafe.
Access to our Sling Social sessions at Pudsey Wellbeing centre is provided via lift from the ground floor. Disabled toilets are available.
Tiny Toes is on the first floor and up a flight of stairs, there is a pram park in the entranceway.
If you have accessibility issues or additional needs please get in touch with any questions you have about our venues. For private appointments please contact me and I can arrange to meet you somewhere mutually convenient. If you have any additional needs which make visiting the library problematic, please let me know and we can come up with solutions.
Older children are welcome to come and join in at the sling library sessions. The venue at SCRAP is a very stimulating environment for all ages and has a play area. Our facility at Pudsey Wellbeing Centre is more aimed at preschool age, but older ones are welcome too. Tiny Toes is aimed at children under 5, sling library attendees do not have to pay entrance for children under 12 months, and can take advantage of the half price sling library entry for children under 12 months who would like to stay and play.
I hope this helps those coming to the sling library sessions for the first time.