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Newcastle Law Firm Stowe Family Law makes donation to Tiny Lives

Corporate Supporters are so important to Tiny Lives, and we are always thrilled when a local company chooses to make a difference and donate to us.

We were recently contacted by the wonderful team at Stowe Family Law, who have opened an office in Newcastle and were keen to support local families. They have now made a generous donation of £250 to Tiny Lives!

Rachel Hardwick, Funding and Partnerships Officer at Tiny Lives said: “This kind donation could fund 8 Claire’s Nests, or 25 Parent Packs for families newly admitted to the RVI Neonatal Uni and is sure to make a huge difference. We are so grateful for the wonderful support showed by Stowe Family Law.”

Tom Suttill, speaking on behalf of the Law Firm, said: “Stowe Family Law are proud to support Tiny Lives Trust with a donation towards their wonderful work with babies & families in the region. We would wholeheartedly encourage other local businesses to get involved and contribute in any way possible.”

If your workplace is feeling inspired and would like to aid Tiny Live in supporting 800+ babies and families annually on the RVI Neonatal Unit, you can find out more about Corporate Support here, or contact Rachel, here.

Stowe Family Law are a compassionate team of successful family solicitors who serve clients in the Tyne and Wear region from their Newcastle office: https://www.stowefamilylaw.co.uk/offices/newcastle/

New Term of Meet, Chat, Learn Parent Baby Classes: Sept 2021

Meet, Chat, Learn classes are BACK for Autumn 2021! If your Ward 35 baby is aged 6 weeks (corrected) – 2yrs, you can enjoy any (or all!) of the free classes below:

 

  • Music, Movement and Sensory – book now

 

Classes start Monday 13th September, and are a great way to bond with your baby and meet other Ward 35 parents – we’d love to see you! The whole programme can be found here

There will still be the option for Online Boogie Bairns classes this term too, for families who live futher afield, for those who don’t wish to attend face-to-face classes, or for those who can’t make the classes at the times specified. 

Please rest assured that all classes have had vigorous risk assesments and we will be undertaking strict measures to ensure you can enjoy the class safely, including additional sanitising of the rooms and equipment, limited group numbers for social distancing, and a track and trace policy. Risk assessments can be provided upon request. 

Tiny Lives are delighted to have received funding to resume our face-to-face classes, which for the next year are funded by a generous grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.

Tiny Lives funds Additional Counselling for Discharged Ward 35 Parents

 

Tiny Lives is delighted to be able to offer a new self-referral counselling service to discharged Ward 35 parents, to help them process their emotions following their experience with neonatal care. 

The counselling is being offered in partnership with the North East Counselling Service, and parents can take part in 6 free sessions of individual or couples counselling. The service is self-referred, meaning that the parent does not need a medical referral to benefit from this additional support. 

To refer, parents simply need to fill out this form, and a Tiny Lives staff member will be in touch to get the process started, 

Jacqui Adams, Projects Officer at Tiny Lives said: “Often it isn’t until parents have gone home that they start to reflect on the journey they have had. This new counselling service is there to support parents once they’ve had time to process and feel that they could use someone to talk to about their experience. This can often be triggered by life events way down the line, such as their child starting school, or a future pregnancy. Any Ward 35 parent can refer to this service, no matter how long they have been discharged.” 

Note – This is a pilot project and so this service is on a trial basis. This means that places are limited and cannot be guaranteed once we hit our service limit. Please book early so we can do our best to help! If we see a high-level of demand, we may be able to make this a permanent service. 

 

Tiny Lives delivers first Corporate Neonatal Awareness Training Session

 

Tiny Lives is proud to have delivered their first Neonatal Awareness Training session to employees and leaders at Sunderland University.

The training, designed to educate businesses about the potential impact of Neonatal Care on their employees, was delivered via Teams to the Parent and Carers group at Sunderland University. Led by Tiny Lives staff Rachel Hardwick (Funding and Partnerships Officer) and Jacqui Adams (Projects Officer), the 35-minute training session covered:

  • A basic overview of Neonates and Neonatal Care.
  • The work of Tiny Lives and how the charity supports families.
  • How an employer can support staff members whose baby needs Neonatal Care.
  • A first-hand account from a parent who spent time on the Neonatal Unit. 
  • Laws and policies to be aware of.
  • How a company can support Tiny Lives.

Rachel said: “We are delighted that the team at Sunderland University found the training so useful. At Tiny Lives we are dedicated to improving outcomes for families who experience Neonatal Care, and by educating local employers we hope to create a more supportive and understanding environment for these families.”

If your workplace may be interested in taking part in this free training session, please contact Rachel here

 

Meet, Chat, Learn Classes – Summer Sessions!

School’s out for Summer, but that doesn’t mean you and your little one still can’t learn some new things! We’re delighted to have three Summer Sessions from our Meet, Chat, Learn providers for Ward 35 parents to enjoy across the Summer –  free of charge!

Choose from:

Baby Yoga Pre-Recorded Course  (Weekly, 2nd – 23rd August) – Suitable for babies aged 6 weeks (corrected) – sitting unaided. 

Baby Massage Pre-Recorded Course (Weekly, 2nd – 23rd August) – Suitable for babies aged 6 weeks (corrected) – sitting unaided. 

Music, Movement and Sensory Face-to-Face Course (5th – 26th August) – Taking place on Thursdays at Raven Valley Gym Club, Unit 2a, Riverside Park, Gateshead, NE11 9DJ – 1.00pm – 2.00pm. Suitable for babies aged  6 weeks (corrected) – 18 months

BOOK HERE

Tiny Lives are delighted to have received funding to resume our face-to-face classes, which for the next year are funded by a generous grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.

Join us for OTea and Biscuits: Aug – Sept 2021

This course is run by Ward 35’s Occupational Therapist: OTea and Biscuits is a safe, friendly place to spend some one-to-one time with your baby and get to meet some new friends (or join some old ones!) who have also spent time on Ward 35 (the Neonatal Unit) at the RVI. Other Ward 35 Allied Health Professionals will also join some of the sessions.

You can book here

Each session starts with an educational talk specific to pre-term health and development and finishes with OTea and Biscuits – free time to talk about your baby and how you are. 

You can see a full breakdown of session topics below:

Week 1: Neonatal Development After Prematurity

Week 2: Sensory Development, Behavioural States & Baby Communication

Week 3: Your wellbeing

Week 4: Play

Week 5: Sleep & Feeding

Week 6: Listening Touch Baby Massage

The sessions run from 2.00pm – 3.00pm and take place at the Children’s Centre in Fawdon, Cairns Way, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 2SN.

This course is suitable for babies from 6 weeks – 6 months (corrected) to support their ongoing development.

It is a 6 week course (split into 2 terms), and attendees would be expected to come to every session to make the most of it. The dates are:

Term 1

4th August
11th August
18th August

Term 2

8th September
15th September
22nd September

Places are limited, you can reserve your spot here. 

 

July Fundraiser: Picnic for Preemies and Pals!

July is National Picnic Month, and we need YOU to gather your friends, family (and tiny sandwiches) to raise funds for Tiny Lives! 

Picnic for Preemies and Pals is a new initiative from Tiny Lives, encouraging friends and family to get together, enjoy a delicious picnic and raise funds for Tiny Lives!

We want to make sure this is an inclusive event for our families, hence why it is for Preemies and Pals – many babies on the Neonatal Unit are born at full-term, yet still need some additional care and support. This can be due to illness, or for a specific issue (trouble breathing, for example). 

Your tasty get-together could help to support over 800 of these vulnerable babies on the RVI Neonatal Unit, as well as their families. 

This is how it works:
  • Decide when to host your picnic and invite your friends and family. Please make sure to adhere to current social-distancing and COVID guidelines – we want you all to be safe! This includes regularly washing hands (especally around food!), keeping 2 metres apart and having no more than 30 people gathering outdoors. 
  • For every attendee, we ask for a suggested donation of £5.00 to Tiny Lives. Think of it as an ‘admission fee’ to the picnic! This can be donated via this link, or by texting ‘Donate tinylives CAKE’ to 88802. 
  • Pack your picnic – go traditional with sandwiches, crisps, and scones (cream before jam for us!), or go fancy with cheeses, deli platters, and wine – the choice is yours. You can even download a Picnic for Preemies and Pals Card, that you can fill in to let people know why you’re taking part. 
  • Make sure to take some pics and share them with us, you can email them over or use the hashtag #PicnicforPreemiesandPals. We’ll share our favourites! 
  • If you’d like to make even more of an impact, why not have some additional fundraisers during your picnic, such as a raffle? We’ve pulled together some ideas for you here.

Thank you so much for supporting Tiny Lives! As always, we couldn’t continue our work without you.

 

Submissions Open – Ward 35 Parent Stories

We’re looking for parents who are willing to share their story about their time on the RVI Neonatal Unit with us, to be used on our website, social media channels, and potentially further afield.

We know that every family’s experience is different and we want to share as many as possible. By sharing your story, you’ll be helping to inform, comfort, and inspire everyone who comes into contact with Tiny Lives.

New parents on the Ward find great reassurance in reading about other families who have also been through this difficult experience.

If you’d like to share your story, you can do so using this form. We may be in touch for further details if needed to publish your story.

Thank you! 

 

Daddy and Me Online Baby Yoga – Book Now!

This class is no longer open for bookings. If you would be interested in a Daddy and Me Baby Yoga class in the future, please let us know

Father’s Day is almost here and we want to celebrate all of our amazing Ward 35 Dads! We’ve arranged a special, free Online Baby Yoga session with our friends at Kalmababy on Saturday 19th June 2021, taking place 10.00am -11.00am.

This interactive class is open exclusively to Ward 35 parents and is designed to help Dad and baby enjoy some fun bonding time. The class is suitable for babies ages 6 weeks (corrected) to those sitting unaided.

Although designed for Dads, Mams and partners are more than welcome to take part too. 

Once you sign up, you’ll receive a Zoom link via email ahead of the class, which you’ll use to join. 

 

Face-to-Face Parent and Baby Classes return: June 2021

 

We are thrilled to annouce that our next term of free Meet, Chat, Learn baby and parent classes will be face-to-face.

We have loved connecting with so many amazing families virtually, but we can’t wait to meet some Ward 35 families in person! Parents can choose from any of the below classes to enjoy with their little one, and are free to choose more than one:

 

  • Music, Movement and Sensory – book now

 

The whole programme can be found here

There will still be the option for online Yoga and Massage classes this term too, for families who live futher afield, for those who don’t wish to attend face-to-face classes, or for those who can’t make the classes at the times specified. 

Please rest assured that all classes have had vigorous risk assesments and we will be undertaking strict measures to ensure you can enjoy the class safely, including additional sanitising of the rooms and equipment, limited group numbers for social distancing, and a track and trace policy. Risk assessments can be provided upon request. 

Tiny Lives are delighted to have received funding to resume our face-to-face classes, which for the next year are funded by a generous grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.