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Read on for exciting SNUG news this September!
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Welcome to the September newsletter!

Hello and welcome to the September newsletter! The weeks are whizzing by so very fast and we can’t believe autumn is upon us.

So what have we been up to since you last heard from us?

Discharges
To kick off on the best high that any neonatal parent can have, we are proud to announce that several of our members have been discharged from the NNU and into family life where parents and babies alike are thriving. Congratulations to twins Freddy and Sidney, Calum and Ethan and baby Ava and their frankly ace mummies and daddies. We hope to catch up with you all soon at our community meets….more on those further down!

Grand Vintage Ball
We are so grateful to everyone who has been supporting our group fundraiser the Grand Vintage Ball, whether gathering prizes, spreading the word, sharing our posts or buying tickets.
It would make a fabulous early Christmas outing for friends, family or work and promises to be an exclusive event that will be the talk of Exeter and beyond! Including a three course meal, welcome drink, entertainment from showgirls The Flaming Feathers, the chance to learn how to dance the Charleston and so much more, tickets really are a snip at £35. Huge thanks to local businesses for already sponsoring us; if your company is keen to support the work that SNUG does we would love to hear from you. We have a very attractive package for corporate sponsors which of course will include entry to the Ball itself- the event of the year! For everyone else, if you haven’t helped but would like to, please continue sharing the Ball to spread the word or organise a table.

Approved Provider Standards

Whoop whoop we are the proud new holders of a shiny award from the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation! SNUG met all their guidelines and as a result have achieved their national accreditation for safe and effective practice. Big thanks to everyone who was involved in the assessment on the day.

UNICEF
Whilst we are on a roll of good news, we are absolutely thrilled that another of our projects in the pipeline will be presented at the UNICEF Baby Friendly conference this autumn. The “Tell Tale Tags” aim to help improve parent-staff communication by letting parents fill in tags attached to incubators/cots on a daily basis to let them know what they are comfortable doing, what they want to learn and when they will be in the following day. We will keep you updated!

Community Meets.
With the summer holidays behind us, we are back to our community meets with one big change….they are no longer monthly but instead WEEKLY! They are held at Munchkins Day Nursery in Exeter on Thursdays and are open to neonatal mums and dads interested in supporting other like-minded families. All we ask is that you only attend if you are all healthy as many of the babies are extra vulnerable. Further information is on our website and will also be publicised on our Facebook page and Twitter feed or you can get in contact.

Fundraising
This summer we have been touched to have had many of our supporters fundraise for us which means we can carry on doing the vital work we do, supporting neonatal families in the south west. SNUG are not externally funded, so we rely on the fundraising to keep the service going. If you would like to be involved or have an idea, please get in touch with us. We also welcome links with local business, small or large, so if your company can sponsor SNUG’s projects or offer any services then please do drop us an email.

Website

Lastly, if you have been on our website recently you might have noticed we are having a bit of a revamp! In addition to this, we have developed a whole new section about sensory responses for babies and toddlers. Babies who have been through the NNU, premature or otherwise, can often have heightened responses making them over- or under-responsive to some sensory stimuli. Our new section is inspired by Angie Voss, a qualified OT with a passion for sensory regulation and is split into easy to read sections with practical ideas to try at home and beyond.


Over and out!
Team SNUG x
 

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