WINTER CRAFT FAIR // 2nd DEC 2017

We’re VERY excited to announce that we’re hosting a ‘Winter Craft Fair’ in collaboration with The Holt and Beth Pegler.

We’ve handpicked a selection of our favourite Sheffield Makers who will be bringing along their beautiful goods.

Stall holders include: Beth Pegler, Emily Morris (Mister Charlesworth Design), Camilla Westergaard (Butterscotch and Beesting), Sarah Buck (Twistle and Browne), Julie Bart (Craft Lab Sheffield), Mary Lord (Squidge & Pip), Olivia Bliss Art, Pottery West, Jody Cliffe (Ladoza), Lauren Connelly (The Wolf Gang), Luke Durkie, Jessica Turner, Katy Aston (Fison Zair), Thyme Candles, Dot Cotton Crafts, Laura Gray.

There’s something for everyone from jewellery to lampshades, pottery to prints. It’s the perfect opportunity to shop small and local for Christmas!

winter craft fair sociual mediaThe day will be fully family focussed and as well as the amazing stall holders we will also have gingerbread decorating, story telling and guided craft activities for the little ones.

Moss&Clover are also delivering mini workshops throughout the day where you’ll have the chance to create a table centrepiece.

There’ll be mulled wine and the usual selection of delicious coffees and cakes on offer from The Holt.
So come in from the cold and enjoy the warmth and winter magic on 2nd December from 11am-4pm.

OCTOBER WORKSHOP // RETURNING TO WORK WITH CONFIDENCE

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Preparing to go back to work after maternity leave? Returning from an extended career break having raised your family and unsure how to get back into work mode? At a loss as to how to balance work and family life?

We have the answers!!!

On October Tuesday 24th we’re collaborating with Lindsay Snow (Understanding Kids) and Jennifer McCanna (leadership coach) to bring you an interactive evening designed to help you gain confidence in your abilities, recognize important transferable skills you’ve gained through motherhood and give you the confidence to transition to work with ease.

We’ll spend some time working through strategies for approaching your employer about flexible working and will ask the question ‘what do you
really want to get out of work?

The second element of the evening will focus on family life and how you can support your children on a practical and emotional level as you return to work. We’ll also be providing tips on how to keep the mum-guilt in check.

Both Lindsay and Jennifer are specialists in their fields.
Jennifer is talented and insightful leadership coach who works with clients to help them be as effective as they can be. She also works with career coaching clients who often seek her out because they are stuck and want anything from a complete career change to simply some help preparing for an interview. She has a particular interest in supporting women in leadership and as the mother of a 3-year-old and a 1 year old, she understands the juggle!

Lindsay is a highly regarded parenting coach who uses evidence-based research to enable parents to tackle their parenting challenges with confidence and compassion. She runs a wide range of workshops under her own company ‘Understanding Kids’ and helps parents enjoy relaxed and positive relationships with their children.

The evening will take place in the beautiful, relaxed surroundings of Daisy’s Bar (above the Great Gatsby) from 8-10.30pm.  Tickets are limited and priced at £10 you can book your place HERE

We look forward to seeing you!

MEET THE MAMA // Mary Lord // Squidge & Pip

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Who are you?

I’m Mary, mummy to 2 boys and the Founder and Creative Director of Squidge & Pip. I’ve been totally inspired by my own experience as a mum, and my youngest child being born with a cleft lip and palate helped me design and develop the features of teethers I designed – Squidge & Pip. Proudly designed in Sheffield and Made in Britain!!

Where are you from?

I was born in Doncaster but moved to Portsmouth when I was 3, I’m so happy to be back up north, and have settled my 2 boys into a great school and a lovely community in Crosspool, Sheffield.

What do we need to know about you?

I’m not a trained designer but I do have a passion for quality design, and being creative. As well as being a “Mumpreneur” and a mummy, I am currently juggling a part time job at Hallam University. I also love Yoga and cooking.

Where can we find your business/product?

Locally, Trapeze Kids and B.Biscuit. We also have our own online shop www.squidgeandpip.com, are also available to buy on Amazon and soon to be gracing the shelves in a leading national department store from September…. Be sure to watch this space for updates.

What is your favourite thing to do as a family?

I love camping with the children and going to family friendly festivals such as Camp Bestival, it’s such good fun!

What is your top mama tip?

Don’t sweat the small stuff. I used to needlessly worry about the little things, they’re not eating enough, or certain teeth haven’t come through yet for example, but then you quickly move onto the next development stage of worry; when will they crawl, walk etc! Now my children are 4 and 6 there is a whole host of new worries to deal with but I've learnt to relax a lot more. I try to follow this mantra – ‘worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere’

Your mama confession?…

After a rather raucous ‘School mums’’ night out recently, the kids as usual woke far too early (6am) for a Sunday morning and so on this occasion I allowed the boys to watch the ipad in bed so I could doze for a little longer only to be woken again at 8am (yes 2 hours later) by my son telling me the ipad battery had run out…..oops!

MAMA SOCIAL // Summer Update

The summer has flown by in a flash, we hope you’ve had a good one! Now here we are in September, the month of new beginnings and changes are afoot here at Mama Social…

Since we started in 2016 we’ve had the most amazing time meeting all of you and your little ones and heard from some genuinely inspiring speakers.  We’ve seen babies grow into toddlers (and some even start school!), friendships forge and mums really supporting each other. It’s truly been an honour to be able to facilitate this.

So, its with a heavy heart that we announce that the Mama Social Friday meet ups are no more.  We’ve had lots of changes personally since we began nearly two years ago and we no longer feel we can give it the attention it needs and deserves.

However…the great news is that we’ve decided to continue our evening events and make them bigger and better than ever!
Think pamper nights, craft workshops, shopping events, practical parenting events, all with the Mama Social twist.

We’ll also be planning days out on an ad hoc basis.  These will all be advertised on our social media and via our website and of course we’ll keep you up to date by email too.

Thank you to everyone for all your support over the last (nearly) two years.  This isn’t the end, just the beginning of something new! We look forward to seeing you soon.

Mama Social x

MEET THE SPEAKER // Emily Hill // Mobilise A Midwife

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Who are you?

Hi, I’m Emily Hill and I live in Skipton, North Yorkshire with my partner Tim. I’d love to be a mama, just waiting my turn. I’ve been a midwife for 10 years and I love being surrounded by growing families.

Where are you from?

I grow up as part of a large family on a farm in Dorset, travelling to Leeds to train as a midwife. Before spending 5 years in East London. Yorkshire gritstone drew us back, I’ve now been settled back in Skipton for 5 years.

What do we need to know about you?

In 2013, I founded Mobilise a Midwife a charitable project working with Traditional Midwives of Mother Health International in Uganda. I’ve volunteered in Uganda at an earth birth house in 2014 and 2016. Back in the UK I work at Bradford Birth Centre. My final year project of my Midwifery Masters is learning from positive birth experiences as there is much to be gained from hearing the stories of others. I’m a birth art mentor and co-founded Nest Creative Beginnings hosting birth art circles and creative retreats for women, supporting connection with your inner wisdom. When I’m not in the world of birth, my life ebbs and flows currently my bees and garden are keeping me grounded. 

Where can we find your business/product if applicable (facebook, instagram/website etc)

You can find me on Facebook – Mobilise a Midwife Intragram @mobiliseamidwife Twitter @mobilisemidwife Mobilise a Midwife works closely with Mother Health International http://motherhealth.org/ 

What is your favourite thing to do as a family?

Slowing down and enjoy the simple things, sharing a meal, a gentle walk or a dip in a river are the best days. I love the deep conversations you can have when walking as a family. I’ve not lived near my family for 13 years, recently my sister moved North. She is a shepherdess with a 10 month old little one, sharing days with her are wonderful.

 

Emily will be speaking at Mama Social on Friday 14th July, 10am at The Showroom

FEATURE // Emily Hill – Midwife

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A woman giving birth in an earth birth house in rural Uganda. What are
you visualising? As a volunteer midwife working at Mother Health
International’s Birth House in 2014 I visualised – women moving
instinctually and finding the ‘right’ position to help them and
their baby; idealistic maybe. I saw labouring women moving freely
until they began pushing, then frequently lying flat of their backs to
push. Traditional practises for birth had been pushed aside for
reasons such experiences from birthing in government facilities and
training programmes for traditional midwives. Mother Health
International has been working to support upright birth positions for
the benefit of women and their unborn children. Through story-telling,
song and dance Traditional Midwives are reawakening to their knowledge
of the benefits of upright labour and birth. Enabling them to support
women to mobilise and adopt positions that are comfortable during
labour and birth. When returning in 2016, Upright Birth illustrations
were introduced as a visual aid for antenatal education and supportive
conversations with labouring women in the birth house.
The benefits of upright birth are well documented and historically
known. Nevertheless, throughout the world women in normal labour are
encouraged to birth laid on their backs, often with legs up in
stirrups. Birth workers have a responsibility to support free movement
in labour and birth. Thus supporting women’s innate understanding of
their childbirth journey. So that together we can work towards a more
upright future.
Gentle births with the encouragement of free movement in labour and
upright birth is widely accepted at Mother Health International Birth
House in rural Uganda. As birthing people of the world we can work
together to support each other to birth is a way that works best of us
and our baby during this precious time.

Emily will be joining us at Mama Social on Friday 14th July, 10am at The Showroom

 

FEATURE // Roanna Wells // Tracing Process

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Tracing Process is the latest project by local artist and friend of Mama Social, Roanna Wells. It is the start of an investigation into the variety of different people and their marks. It allows the public the opportunity to be present during the creation of work and to contribute their own marks to the finished piece.
The exhibition is open to all ages and we’ve already had a number of young people, children and even some little ones take part and add their marks both to the painting, and the more interactive expressive wall and tables.
Tracing Process is on for another two weeks until 15th July, open TuesdaySaturday 11-5pm at Yorkshire Artspace, 21 Brown Street – just along the road from the Showroom Cinema and opposite the Rutland Arms pub.
More info can be found via the Yorkshire Artspace website.

GUEST SPEAKER // Annika Carney // Little Bears Infant Massage

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This week we have Annika from Baby Bears Infant Massage coming to Mama Social to provide us with an introduction to baby massage and to show us some basic strokes that we can use at home.IMG_8418

As well as running Baby Bears Infant Massage Annika is also a trained midwife so she knows babies!!

Baby and Infant massage has many benefits to both children and parents here are just a few…

Helps your little one feel more securely attached

Helps reduction of emotional distress and crying

Helps relax your little one and improves sleep quality

Helps with relieve symptoms of common issues such as colic, constipation and teething discomfort

Helps with the development of their body awareness and coordination

Helps with binding and feeling close to your baby

Helps parents gain a better understanding of their baby’s different behaviours and body language

Provides a wonderful and special opportunity to spend one on one time with your little one

Relaxing

Helps parents gain an increased confidence in their ability to care for and nurture their baby

Gives parents a skill that can be used throughout their child’s lifetime

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Annika will be joining us at The Showroom on Friday 23rd June from 10am

LISTINGS // JUNE

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Due to the success of our recent day trip to Whirlow Hall Farm we’ve decided to host another outdoor event on 9th June, a picnic and play morning at Endcliffe Park.  Its a free event so spread the word and we look forward to seeing some new faces as well as our regulars there.

On June 23rd we have Annika Carney, a qualified midwife who also runs ‘Baby Bears Infant Massage’ which provides baby massage courses and is based on Sharrowvale Road.
Annika will not only be talking about the benefits of infant massage she’s also planning on running a demonstration and you’ll leave with knowledge of a few basic massage strokes.
We’ll be providing more info on this session as it gets closer so keep your eyes on our social media.