GUEST SPEAKER // Sammi Sparke // Photographer



On Friday 1st July we will be joined at Mama Social by local photographer Sammi Sparke.

Sammi is a local portrait photographer specialising in creative portrait work with an interest in lifestyle and environmental, baby and children photography.


During her Mama Social session Sammi will be introducing us to her work and some examples of the baby, children and family photography she captures. She will discuss what makes a great photo including some examples.

Sammi will also be talking about the kind of photographs that you like and offering practical advice on how to achieve these. She’ll share some techniques, ideas and tips so please bring along the devises you use most often to snap your little ones, whether tablets or phones etc.


As always the session is held at The Showroom on Friday 10:30-12

We look forward to seeing you there!



GUEST SPEAKER // Abigail Barragry // Child Educational Psychologist

On Friday 24th June we have Child Psychologist, Abigail Barragry joining us at Mama Social.

Abigail has spent most of her career using creative ways to teach, heal and inspire. Having worked as a creative arts therapist for children and adults in Asia she became interested in how mindful practice impacts upon daily life.

In the Western world we get so caught up in the rat race and fast paced living, it’s easy to forget how taking time to reconnect with yourself can change the way you look at things. Simple little changes can make such a difference on how we relate ourselves and to others.


A few years ago, Abigail published ‘Autism Arts- a drama syllabus for children on the autism spectrum’. This was aimed at providing a different way of supporting children who have autism or other difficulties, encouraging them to express, create and play. Abigail firmly believes that play should not stop in childhood, and goes hand in hand with mindfulness in allowing us to get back to the roots of who we are.

Abigail is now working on my doctorate in Educational Psychology, as well as continuing to run a private counselling practice for children and adults. She is also going to Romania for the second time this summer to work and train others on the importance of play and ‘being playful’ with children, right from when they are still in their mother’s tummy!

As an Educational Psychologist Abigail works with children and their families alongside schools and other professionals to support them in forming positive attachments and finding the best ways to support each individual young person, and their parents.

Abigail looking forward to sharing some of this with Sheffield Mums, being from Sheffield myself originally she is happy to be back and helping to spread a little of what she’s learnt.



CRAFT SOCIAL // Mama Social X Northern Tangles // An Introduction to Macrame

Join us at the serene setting of The Chimney House at Kelham Island on June 28th for our second craft social.
Jo Musgrave of ‘Northern Tangles’ will be leading the evening, providing an introduction to macramé, teaching the basic techniques required to produce your very own piece of art. Macrame, the ancient art of decorative knotting, originated in the 13th century when Arabic weavers knotted excess thread into decorative fringes. Macrame can be used to make anything from a delicate friendship bracelet all the way up to huge intricate wall hangings.
Jo specialises in spectacular plant hangers made in vibrant colour ways as well as the more traditional neutral shades. She sells her pieces across the city in stores including the fabulous florist ‘Moss and Clover’ in Netheredge as well as through her online Folksy store; ‘Northern Tangles’.
We’ll be knotting the night away incorporating rope with driftwood which has been collected from the North Yorkshire coast (!) by Jo herself to create small but stunning wall hangings.


MEET THE MAMA // Auriel Majumdar


  • Who are you?

I am Auriel, I’m married to the love of my life Matthew Swift and we have two teenage children Evan (16) and Biba (13)

  • Where are you from?

Tricky question to answer. I was born in Winchester, grew up in Rotherham, went to university in Durham, lived in Sheffield in the 1980s, went to London for my wild 30s then came back to Sheffield just after I had Evan. So I’m from all over really but Sheffield is definitely my home and I love, love, love it here!

  • What do we need to know about you?

I had a difficult childhood, troubled teens and twenties and terrible postnatal depression after I had my children in my late 30s so I feel very, very lucky to have discovered my vocation in my fifties and be living the life I always wanted. I’m a passionate believer in people and their wonderful potential and I’m so lucky that my work as a creative business coach helps me express that every day.

  • Where can we find your business/product

My website is

My twitter is @i_am_auriel

My Instagram is i_am_auriel

You can read more about me and my work in this article in The City Talking 

  • What is your favourite thing to do as a family?

It’s difficult to persuade teenagers to do anything much together as a family because frankly they’d much rather be out with their friends. Every now and then I put my foot down and insist on everyone sitting down together for a big family Sunday tea and we all really enjoy it. We cook up a feast, everyone gets to choose their favourite playlist (which causes endless squabbling) and we sit and chat for ages. Those are my happiest family times because I get to spend time with the three funniest, most entertaining people in the world.

(In the interests of balance I asked Evan what his favourite family thing is and he grunted “Dunno, cuddling the cats I suppose hurr, hurr…” – that’s teenagers for you!)

  • Top mama tip

I always remember my mum telling me “everything passes” when one of the kids was tiny and being particularly challenging. She was right, parenthood is a long game and full of different phases, some more fun than others. When your kids are babies you think it’ll all be fine when they are bigger but they turn into teenagers and it’s like having toddlers again except now they can leave the house on their own and worry you half to death! My top mama tip is enjoy the moments and the good times, don’t wish the baby years away and enjoy all the cuddles while you can.

  • Your mama confession…..

So many but not all for public consumption! I suppose my biggest ones are that I’m just making it all up as I go along and my kids have taught me way more than I have ever taught them. Oh and you know when I told you for years that I had “back eyes” and you believed me – well really I was looking into the bathroom mirror and could see your reflection, that’s how I always knew what you were up to!

Auriel will be joining us at Mama Social on Friday 17th June 10:30 – 12 at The Showroom

FEATURE // Instinctive Health Yoga Classes


Last month we had the great pleasure of joining Rachel Hibberd founder of Instinctive Health at our “Mums’ Night In” at Laundry.

Instinctive Health,  a Kelham Island based Yoga Lifestyle Centre, provides a wide range of yoga classes, workshops, massage treatments and Ayurvedic therapies and is kindly offering a free first yoga session to our lovely mamas.

Rachel is now running a later yoga session between 8:30 and 9:30pm on Wednesday evenings, perfect timing for after our little ones are in bed! If you’d like to go along to the session please email Rachel first:



We are currently running a fab giveaway over on our Instagram account in collaboration with Big Fish Little Fish Events who have kindly given us a family ticket to their Sheffield Launch Party on Saturday 9th July at Plug.

Each rave has a theme and for the Sheffield launch its going to be ‘intergalactic planetary’! There’ll be lot of fun stuff for the little ones on the day including glow sticks, transfer tattoos, craft areas and soft play apparatus plus there’s a licensed bar…every body wins!!!


Read more about the Sheffield event HERE

To be in with a chance of winning head to our Instagram and if you aren’t the lucky winner then purchase your ticket HERE winner will be announced on Sunday 6th June