A few weeks ago I was contacted by Klaire Bailey of the Suffolk Baby Bank, asking me to share information about their work. Then recently I was also contacted by a journalist from the EADT also asking me to share information about the Suffolk Baby Bank. So here it is! Read on to find out about their vital work and how you can donate:
What is a Baby Bank?
A Baby Bank is an organisation trying to help alleviate child poverty,
support families in need at what may be a time of financial and
emotional stress, whilst reducing waste and promoting reuse of items.
It’s like a food bank, but for non-food items.
Suffolk Baby Bank is a family bank. They don’t just support babies and young children. They support whole families with no upper age cap. If you are in need they will try and help you.
The aim is simple really, to collect donations of both new and pre-loved clothing, toys, equipment and essentials to be rehomed to families in need, after making sure they are clean and safe.
They will also fundraise to provide other items that may be needed but cannot be obtained via collections and to support local families and other causes where they are able.
How to donate to Suffolk Baby Bank
are currently 3 drop off locations in Glemsford, Thurston and West Stow.
If you are not local to these or unable to drop off please get in touch
with them and they can hopefully arrange collection with you. As they
are small and rely on volunteers’ time it is preferred that items be
dropped off! All points have parking.
They need a volunteer for Ipswich drop-offs asap, so if you would like to help please contact Klaire through their Facebook page or website.
If you do not have anything currently but want to be added to the monthly wish list email then please pop your information over via the contact page or through Facebook. Alternatively if you wanted to donate something else please look at the goods in kind page.
Please clean and check any items that you are donating – Suffolk Baby Bank want the recipients to feel like they are receiving a gift and not a handout. A general rule of thumb is that if you’d pass the item to your family or friends for their children then its good enough for them!
There is also a Facebook Group called Suffolk Baby Bank’s Helping Heroes you can join if you are interested in donating.
Birthday in a Box
As a child there are few things more special than your birthday. Celebrating with family and friends, gifts and of course cake.
So imagine you are a family facing hardship, feeding your family is a struggle right now let alone a party!
At Suffolk Baby Bank this hit us hard as parents. So we decided to do something to help.
We have started the Birthday in a box project. It is as simple as it sounds. A box that contains the birthday basics for a family.
A typical box will contain a card, balloons, party table wear, some sweets, a small gift, candles and a home baking set so the family can make the all important cake with the birthday child. This can be collected from our partners or it can be delivered to the birthday child’s address.
You can purchase a box for a family via Paypal with a donation of £10.
To read more about the Baby Bank and their work, please click on this article from the East Anglian Daily Times: