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NCT nearly new sale in WansteadNCT nearly new sale in Wanstead

NCT Redbridge and District Branch committee members outline the services they provide to support and guide new parents, and encourage others to join them in their rewarding work.

We are the Redbridge and District NCT, your local branch of the National Childbirth Trust charity. Just like branches all around the country, we are run entirely by volunteers – all members of our local communities.

We have young families and most of us also juggle working or studying in addition to our volunteering. We seem to be able to find time for it, united by our passion and enthusiasm for NCT and the work of the charity in reaching and supporting new parents. We have 10 committee members and we all take on different roles, from coordinating the branch, managing the accounts, setting up 'bumps and babies' events, hosting coffee mornings and running our gold standard nearly new sales. Many of the roles offer good CV skills, and for some volunteers, they have been a lifeline in getting back into work after having children. Each role comes with its own challenges but we have formed friendships, learnt new skills and continue to provide support to new parents in the local area. All of this combined is what makes volunteering with the NCT such an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Because the branch is run entirely by volunteers, we can only offer support to the community if we have the voluntary resources to do so. Thanks to some new committee members, we have a refreshed team and ambition to expand the groups and services we offer, and we are full of ideas we would love to get off the ground in 2018.

Our famous nearly new sale runs twice a year at Christ Church hall in Wanstead. It is a great opportunity for people to find new homes for pre-loved baby, toddler and children's items that are still in excellent condition but no longer needed. Our sales are hugely popular events and everyone seems to bag a bargain. We also run coffee mornings in Wanstead, South Woodford, Buckhurst Hill and Barkingside. These are hosted by local parents who are interested in making new friends and having a local network of support.

Finally, we offer back to work events. These are friendly, informal group meet-ups hosted by volunteers who have an HR background, where you can chat through any concerns you have about returning to the workplace. This is another great opportunity to meet with other parents who are going through the same, sometimes daunting, phase of parenthood.

We are now working to launch bumps and babies groups, paediatric first aid courses and coffee mornings in additional towns within our branch area, including Ilford and Loughton, if we can get regular hosts in these areas. So, please do spread the word.

For more information on the Redbridge and District NCT, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The next nearly new sale will take place on 24 March at Christ Church hall from 11am to 12.15pm. Visit wavidi.co/nct


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