We're overfunding and still accepting pledges up to our closing date on Friday 23 March. Huge thanks to everyone who has supported us so far! We've been blown away.
We have explained below what we will spend this extra funding on. This additional funding will enable us to save crucial and expensive items - moses baskets, cots and cot beds - from landfill and give these out in great shape to the families who'll be visiting us in Southwark. We hear all too often about babies sleeping on towels and sofa cushions, toddlers in broken cots, and siblings and parents sharing dirty or broken mattresses.
Together, this is a problem that we can help do something about. What does it cost? This includes the cost of a new mattress for every single one and replacing any missing or broken parts.
The more funding we raise, the more families we can reach in our first year. We can pay the printing costs for referral vouchers and leaflets, and we can pay for equipment that will help us run our drop-in sessions, like walkie-talkies so the team in the stock room in the hall and can talk to the team supporting families in the Ivy House! We can use additional funds to contribute towards our running costs.
We've been taken aback by the wonderful support we have received so far: Let's keep going and and do everything we can for the remainder of this campaign to make life that bit easier for families raising their children in the toughest of circumstances.
Please pledge your support and help Little Village Southwark get off to a flying start! Tessa, Hannah and Marie. We're a team of volunteers and parents based in SE15 and SE22 who want to bring Little Village to our own borough of Southwark, where there are over 8, children under 5 living in poverty - more than 1 in 3 in the borough. We can help do something about this. As parents ourselves, we know it can be tough and isolating, but it's unimaginably so for a parent who's really struggling to provide for their kids, so we want to make it as easy as possible for families to help each other.
We've seen the amazing work done by Little Village at their existing sites in Wandsworth and Camden and now we want to bring all that practical help and support to our own neighbourhood in Southwark.
Little Village is like a foodbank but for clothes, toys and kit for babies and kids up to the age of 5. We collect great quality donations from local families and get these out to the families who really need them through friendly weekly drop-in sessions.
How does it work? The donations of clothes and equipment from local families will provide a lifeline for families who are struggling to provide for their kids, but our drop-in sessions are also friendly, social occasions and a chance for us to signpost families in the direction of further sources of support.
We want to create a small, warm community of families helping each other and putting kindness into action, so it it's really important that our donations feel like gifts from one family to another and not hand-outs.
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We only accept high quality donations, and we always try to include a treat for the parents in our bundles, be it some nice chocolate or some bubble bath. Our weekly drop-in sessions will be held in the Ivy House, London's first co-operatively owned pub, located in SE The Ivy House will offer a welcoming and social space for families to visit to collect the kit they need.
The Ivy House has a beautiful s interior and is the perfect venue for us to welcome families into. We've secured a hall immediately behind the pub to use as a large stock room for our donations of clothes and equipment, including bulkier items like cots and buggies. We'll also use this space for local families to drop off donations to us and as a volunteer depot.
All the families Little Village supports are referred via a network of referral partners including health visitors, midwives, children's centres and food banks. We'll be working with these referral partners to ensure that we reach the families who need our support most.
What people say about Little Village "I really appreciate the help and support you have given me. Thank you for treating me with dignity. We really need your help to get our storage spaces ready for us to start receiving and sorting donations from local families, so we can begin getting items out to the families who need them most.
We need funds to plaster and decorate the hall, put down new flooring and carry out some repairs to the building. We need your help to make this happen, so please donate. You can also help us by sharing details of our crowdfunder far and wide and shouting about Little Village from the rooftops. We're grateful for all donations, no matter how small, but thanks to the support of so many local businesses we also have some brilliant rewards up for grabs on a first come, first served basis, from fish and chips to fizz via dance classes, folk music and coffee!
Scroll down for a full list of the businesses who have supported Little Village Southwark. Where possible we'll email prizes, otherwise we will arrange collection sessions from SE What will Little Village bring to our community? Many of the families Little Village has seen to date don't have a safe place for their children to sleep and struggle to provide basic essentials like clothes, toys and books for their kids.
We want to help do something about that. At the same time, there's an estimated million items of outgrown baby clothing stashed away in UK homes. Many parents throw items out as they're not sure what else to do with them. Little Village Southwark will offer an easy, social and sustainable way for families to put outgrown clothes and kit to good use.
As our name suggests, Little Village is about families supporting each other. We promote social interaction and reduce isolation and loneliness; in doing so we want to help build a more integrated community and make our neighbourhood an even better place to live.
There'll be plenty of chances to get involved, including as a volunteer. Volunteering is fun, social and empowering, a chance to meet new people, put your existing skills and expertise into action for our community and learn new skills. We'll all benefit from having a new and exciting project in the neighbourhood!
Please donate and support us. Drawing in posca pen 55 x 72cm called The Second Party of the Day. It takes a village! Many thanks to the following for supporting our launch:
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