We help 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 opened in May 2022 and provides 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.
The baby bank is operating from one of our buildings, the Hackney Family Centre in Lower Clapton, and is 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.
How you can provide or receive help
Donations of good quality clothing and kit are welcome and can be brought to the centre every Monday from 10am-12pm. Details on what items can be accepted can be found on the Little Village website.
The project is looking for volunteers to help 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.
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. Please note, referrals can only be accepted for people living in the following London boroughs: Barnet, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, City of Westminster, Croydon, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Richmond upon Thames, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets and Wandsworth.
Where to find us
Hackney Family Centre, High Hill Community Hall, Harrington Hill, London, E5 9HD