We know not all parents have the privilege to be able to buy themselves baby essentials, so Babymel work with a number of charities across the UK to give back to parents in need. By donating money and unwanted items, Babymel are reducing waste as well as helping hundreds of families at the start of their parenting journey.
Babymel also want to ensure a better life for your babies and their babies to come, so are committed to protecting the beautiful oceans and environment we live in. This year Babymel headed to the local beach in Brighton to work with the council on a beach clean up, removing plastic and waste from the beaches which can harm local wild and ocean life. If you want to run your own beach clean up please contact your local council.
The Cowshed is a charity providing support across Berkshire to people of all backgrounds in a time of personal crisis. They provide good quality cleaned and ironed clothes, bedding, toiletries and other essentials free to anyone in need. The people they support include families fleeing domestic abuse, refugees, care leavers, the homeless, elderly and isolated and those facing financial hardship to name a few. Over the last financial year, they have supported over 2,500 individuals with full clothing referrals and an additional 4,300 with their special projects which included children’s craft packs during the Covid Lockdown, children’s Christmas toy sacks, Easter hampers and new baby packs.
“I just wanted to say you are doing a great job! The amount of care you put in your work is really amazing. I have received a huge bag of goodies a couple of days ago and I was crying when I unpacked it. I never thought I would be in need of help and I was resistant to ask for anything when my support worker was doing my referral but you did not just pack beautiful things. You packed care, hope and dignity. I'll keep the handmade bags to always remind me about your kindness. Thank you!”
Little Village is like a food bank, but for clothes, toys and equipment for babies and children up to the age of 5. Accepting donations of pre-loved items, which are passed on to families who need support. The items are a gift, given with love, from one family to another. By providing a warm, supportive community for the families, building connections, local networks and facilitating support between parents. Their volunteers made 7,000 phone calls to families over the past year. Based in London, with hubs in Camden, Wandsworth and Southwark. Since launching in 2016, they've supported thousands of visits from families across London. In 2020 alone, they supported 7,281 children, more than double that of the previous year. With values of love, solidarity, thriving and sustainability underpinning everything they do.
Baby Basics is a volunteer-led project aiming to support new mothers and families who are struggling to meet the financial and practical burden of looking after a new baby. Baby Basics started in Sheffield in 2009, this centre continues to support families across Sheffield working with a wide range of frontline health and social care professionals, but now there is an ever increasing network of Baby Basics centres across the country each staffed by a committed team of volunteers.
Baby Basics provides much needed essentials and equipment to mothers and families who are unable to provide these items for themselves; including but not limited to teenage mums, people seeking asylum and women fleeing domestic abuse and trafficking.
The British Heart Foundation's vision is a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases. A world without heartbreak. Their research has given us machines that can restart hearts, the ability to fix arteries in tiny babies, the power to give someone a heart they weren’t born with, and so much more. But heart and circulatory diseases still kill 1 in 4 in the UK, they cause heartbreak on every street. And that’s why their work is as urgent and vital as ever. Their research, is the promise to protect the people we love. The promise of future preventions, treatments and cures. Every breakthrough made has been funded by people like you.
Camden Carers is a small charity based in Camden that has been around since 1994. They support unpaid carers. A carer is anyone, including children and adults who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support. The care they give is unpaid. Many carers don’t see themselves as carers and it takes them an average of two years to acknowledge their role as a carer. It can be difficult for carers to see their caring role as separate from the relationship they have with the person for whom they care, whether that relationship is as a parent, child, sibling, partner, or a friend. They support carers in a number of ways. It might be through a health check, a carers statutory assessment, or by giving information advice and guidance. They run a wide range of activities and groups for carers as well as counselling and a working for Carers project, supporting those carers that want to get closer to working.