Supporting a new Baby Bank in Hackney

18 May 2022

We’ve recently helped to fund a baby bank in Hackney, aiming to help struggling parents with the rising cost of living.

Operating like a food bank, but supplying children’s equipment, the baby bank will open at the end of May and will provide essentials for babies and young children up to the age of five, including items like clothes, shoes, cots, nappies, toiletries, buggies, and toys to families needing extra support.  

Essentials for those in need 

As well as funding, we’ve also provided the building for the bank to operate from at the Hackney Family Centre in Lower Clapton. It will be run by three local charities: Little Village which runs a network of baby banks across London; Boiler House Spaces which manages community spaces in Hackney; and Sal’s Shoes, which provides good quality second-hand shoes and other essentials to those who need them.  

More and more families are struggling financially right now and are faced with really difficult choices about what to spend and how. It’s vital the baby bank receives support from the community, and we’d encourage people to get involved however they can – whether that’s by donating, volunteering, or helping spread the word about the Baby Bank, so it can reach the people who will need it the most. 

How you can provide or receive help 

Donations of good quality clothing and kit will be welcome from 24 May.  The centre is holding a special donation event from 11-2pm on Tuesday 24 May, and donations will then be welcome every Monday from 10am-12pm. Details on what items can be accepted can be found on the Little Village website. 

We’re also welcoming members of the community to an open day at the new baby bank. It will run between 1pm – 5pm on 25 May and people will be able to find out more about donating, volunteering and receiving support.  

Volunteers will be needed to run the project Monday to Wednesday each week, with full training provided. A creche will be provided on Mondays, enabling volunteers with young children to get involved.   

From the end of May, families with children under 5 needing support from the baby bank can ask a professional, like a midwife, health visitor, or social work to refer them.