How NCT helps you save money and eases the pressure of tough times for mums with babies

In the last budget, the chancellor announced several cuts and changes to benefits that low- and middle-income families are now starting to feel. These include the much-discussed three-year freeze on current Child Benefit rates and axing of the benefit for households where one person has earnings above the 40% threshold (currently around £44,000).

With rising VAT, mums-to-be have also lost out on the £190 Health in Pregnancy grant, which has been scrapped along with the £500 Sure Start Maternity Grant, for all but your first baby. All this at a time when prices are rocketing and parents are having to juggle their finances.

NCT wants new families to be free from being pulled apart by the struggle to meet their financial needs and feel able to meet the needs of their baby. We also want to see a more supportive environment for families in the UK before it’s too late to repair the damage later on down the line. And it’s here that NCT charity can help parents who are struggling to make ends meet.

NCT’s Nearly New Sales offer new and expectant parents a financial lifeline, with an alternative to forking out for brand new baby products. In this tough economic climate, NCT’s popular Nearly New Sales provide a haven for cash-strapped parents.

The Sales also provide an opportunity to make money from selling baby clothes and equipment families no longer need. Goods must be in excellent condition and sellers will pay just £15 for a table and keep 100% of the proceeds from the sale. By visiting your local NCT Nearly New Sale which costs £1.50 p/p, parents can kit out their kids for less than high street prices or save a fortune on preparing for the arrival of their new baby plus beautiful home made cakes and teas are available.

The Sales are not exclusively for NCT members, they are open to everyone whether buying, selling or both! On average, parents spend £27.25 at a Sale, which could buy a range of items such as bedding, clothes, a changing station or high chair. With average Sale prices being a third of full price goods on the high street, a family can expect to save around £54.50.

NCT charity can also help cash strapped parents in other ways. Bumps and Babies groups offer parents an affordable way of meeting friends and getting out and about. And they ensure parents do not have to face these tough financial times alone.

“Like many families who are feeling the pinch, the sales have helped us save money. There’s usually a vast range – just what you want when you’re pregnant for the first time and need ‘everything’. As an NCT member and volunteer, I also get to go in early for first dibs on the bargains. I don’t think children need brand-new clothes and equipment because they grow, and grow-up so quickly, that everything is still perfectly functional when they have finished with them, even if a bit pre-loved.” Janet Elllis, Stebbing.

Our next sale is the 5th March, 3pm entry for members and 3.30 for non members and we will have a reflexologist on hand to help stressed mums as well as Baby Sensory in the cafe area plus an offer of a free fitted child seat for any mums who buy a Pashley Princess Sovereign bike.

Pls email or call for details or call 01371 820408

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Mum2Mum Breastfeeding Support


Who are we?

We are a group of ordinary Mums just like you, only with experience and training in breastfeeding and support.

What do we do?

We offer support to Mums who are breastfeeding and need extra help.

We give information to Mums-to-be who we hope are going to choose to breastfeed.

We do not replace Midwives or Health Visitors we merely compliment their work by adding extra support for breastfeeding.

We are readily available; contact by special mobile line.

Home visits are possible.

We facilitate support groups. There are a number of these within the South East Essex area so there should be one local to you. They are run from clinics, church halls and children’s centres.

What Can We Offer?

• Experience of breastfeeding and its joys (and problems solving).
• Training on how to help prepare you for your breastfeeding experience.
• Training on how to help you with your breastfeeding.
• Facts about the benefits of breastfeeding.
• Information on ‘positioning’ and other strategies to help breastfeeding.
• A friendly face with an understanding ‘shoulder’.
• Out of hour’s advice and support.
• Suggestions on how to make breastfeeding work for you.
• Back-up to Midwives and Health visitors
• We know how enjoyable and rewarding breastfeeding can be, we want you to know this too!

Where are we?
We live locally and are contactable through the mobile phone link; or through the various support groups that are run by the volunteers; or your midwife or health visitor can contact us on your behalf.

To Contact:

Mobile phone number : 07801097605

To contact any of the breastfeeding support group please telephone:
Leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we possibly can.
Ask your Midwife or Health Visitor to refer you to us.

Programme Manager:
Pauline Hammond, Children’s Service Clinical Lead
South East Essex Primary Care Trust
Contactable on: 01268 366840 mobile: 07973672524

A Sweet Treat for Little Havens

A local charity is looking forward to a summer’s day celebrating with sweet treats and a nice cup of tea to help raise vital funds to continue caring.

The Buttercup Club toddler activity group in Scout Hall, Ellensbrook Close, Leigh-on-sea tel 01702 712150
will be holding a Bake, Cake and Celebrate morning at their messy play activity group. At the weekly sessions on Wed 9th and Thurs 10th June the little ones will be enjoying decorating cakes. Mums and Dads can bring in cakes which will then be sold and all the proceeds go to Little Havens. So tea time will be extra yummy!

This campaign will see people across Essex fundraising to celebrate the work of the hospice in the local community. The charity is asking more people to get involved and indulge in some baked delights and a brew with family, friends, work colleagues and class mates.

The celebration is open to all and is lots of fun, especially when cake is the order of the day. Supporters in the workplace, at clubs and schools or at home could make cakes and cookies and offer a brew in return for a donation, have a “bake-off” to prove who really is the best chef or go all out and host a tea party!

Little Havens, Angela Clements says:

“We’re hoping that hundreds of people across Essex will join us in raising awareness of the care that the charity provides to children and adults with life threatening conditions and their families, by joining with friends and taking some time out for tea and cake – everyone needs to treat themselves. It’s such an easy way to get involved, so get ready to Brew, Bake and Celebrate!”

Last years cake themed event raised £27.000 for the charity and encouraged new supporters. This year, the team at Little Havens is hoping to raise £40.000.

Little Havens Children’s Hospice provides respite breaks, symptom control and end-of-life care for the youngsters living with serious conditions and who are not expected to reach adulthood. It aims to make their journey – and that of the family – as comfortable as possible, creating memories along the way.

The love and care provided by the Care Team in the homely surroundings at Little Havens is as special and unique as the child. This could not continue without kind donations as it costs £2.3 million each year to keep the hospice open.

For further information, or to register for your fundraising pack, please call Lorraine or Sam on 01702 220305, email or visit and click on Get Involved!

Thanks n regards

Sharon Woodrow/ Buttercup Club Activity Group


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