‘It takes a village to raise a child – this is especially true in London where we often feel alone as parents.’
Little Village is a gift from one family to another; not hand-outs, so please use our simple rule of thumb: if you’d give the item to a friend, then we’ll take it.
Little Village can supply you with great quality clothes, toys, books and equipment for babies and children up to the age of five.
Volunteer for us
We’ll offer you training and support, and you’ll make a real and practical difference to the lives of hundreds of local families across London.
Make a referral
We ask that all families are referred to us via a professional. Our assessment criteria are not complicated and our referral process is very simple.
Who we are
Little Village is like a foodbank, but for clothes, toys and equipment for babies and children up to the age of 5.
What we do
Our dream is that no child in the capital grows up without essential items of clothing, toys and equipment.
Where we are
We launched our first site in Wandsworth in January 2016. We opened in Camden in 2017 and our Southwark site opened in January 2019!
Wishlist May 2019
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR DONATIONS ON TUESDAY 28TH MAY. WE WILL RE-OPEN AGAIN ON TUESDAY 4TH JUNE.
Thank you to everyone who has generously donated their unwanted items to us – you are amazing. Our stockroom is closed to general donations. We are ONLY seeking the items listed below. Please only donate the items you would give to your fussiest friend – our items are a gift from one family to another.
Donations can be dropped off at our stockroom on Tuesdays during the school term time, 9.30am – 12 noon and 7.45pm-9.30pm. Please do not leave any donations outside the stockroom when we are closed.
- Muslin cloths
- Breastfeeding pillows
- Breast pads
- Teat and bottle brushes
- Bottles (without teats, unless unopened in original packaging)
- Closed system or manual breast pumps (but no open system breast pumps)
- Sterilisers, electric and microwave, we also need purpose built cold water sterilisers with submersible lid
- Weaning storage pots
- Lunchboxes / lunch bags
- Children’s cutlery, plates, bowls and cups
- Folding high chairs or high chairs that can dismantle
Bathing, washing and toiletries
- Unopened packets of nappies
- Unopened packets of wet wipes
- Nappy bags
- Changing mats
- Changing bags
- Maternity pads
- Unopened packets of toiletries for babies and young children, e.g. Sudocrem, unscented aqueous cream, baby wash, baby shampoo, soap, moisturiser
- Baby baths / bath supports
- Large laundry bags
- Baby monitors
- Travel cots
- Moses baskets
- Cots and cotbeds (fully working with all parts)
- Sheets for cots and cotbeds
Play and development
- Bouncers / play mats (no door bouncers)
- Baby and young toddler books in great condition
- Safety equipment (eg reins, cupboard locks, but no safety gates)
- Buggies and double buggies (must be in excellent condition with all fittings)
- Buggy boards (with all the fittings)
- Open packs (nappies, breast pads, toiletries)
- Open system breast pumps
- Baby food or formula
- Maternity clothing
- Cot accessories (bumpers and mobiles)
- Door bouncers
- Car and bike accessories (including seats)
- Changing units
- Nursery decorations (framed pictures, night lights)
- Unless they are in unopened, original packaging: mattresses, bottle teats, dummies
If you don’t have the things we need but you want to support Little Village families, check out our Amazon wish list for items that we need to buy new Southwark Amazon We’d hugely appreciate any items on this list. Thank you so much as always.
“I really appreciate the help and support you have given me. Thank you for treating me with dignity.”Mum of two
“The process to make a referral is straightforward along with the impeccable, speedy service delivered by the kind volunteers in organising each family’s items. Our family was delighted and overwhelmed with the vast amount of donations provided to them. Thank you so much!”Children's professional
“It means so much to know that my precious baby things are going to local families who really need some support. I like the idea that there is less plastic about, it’s just so much better for the environment. Toys particularly are used and discarded so readily it would be nice to know that these would all get a lot of use.”Donor
“Very friendly ladies working here and very helpful. Make you feel special.”Parent we supported
“Little Village are lovely people who give hope to those in need.”Parent we supported
“It’s a very good service. It’s a very helpful service for families who find themselves in a difficult position, the staff are very friendly, helpful and not judgmental. I’m grateful for the help.”Parent we supported
“I just want to say thank you. This is the best charity organisation I have ever seen.”Parent we supported
“Brilliant service, brilliant friendly and helpful staff.”Parent we supported
“After working for 16 years I was super scared to use a free service but staff made me feel so much better about being here.”Parent we supported
“It’s hard to ask for help but here all the ladies make you feel good. They are friendly and very kind.”Parent we supported
“I am a disabled mum of 2 that is pregnant with my 3rd and my husband had to give up work to be my full time carer and with all the cuts in grants etc we were really struggling to buy what we need for the baby so without Little Village’s help we would really be in a dire situation. Thank you all so much for all your help and support.”Parent we supported
“I felt extremely welcome and loved the visit. My little one has everything he needs now – thank you.”Parent we supported
“Little Village is a lifesaver for families struggling financially.”Referral partner
“My child loved it and so did I. A wonderful place, very friendly and helpful staff.”Parent we supported
“It is an amazing place to be with so much love, the staff are friendly, lovely and amazing people.”Referral partner
“Made me feel welcome. I’d love to come to volunteer and return the help.”Parent we supported
“You people are lovely people. With your service you’re helping many people in life, including me. God will keep blessing Little Village. Thank you.”Parent we supported
“I’m very grateful for the help I received from Little Village. It’s a difficult time for me and I am thankful that there are people that are helping people like me.”
“What an amazing service! Angels!”Parent we supported
“Great community. Extremely helpful. Overwhelmed with all the support. Thank you.”Parent we supported
6 May 2019
We were delighted to hear of the safe arrival of Baby Sussex in the early hours of today and want to extend our love and good wishes to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they start their journey as parents.
5 April 2019
We are honoured to have been selected as one of four charities the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are encouraging people to support as part of the #GlobalSussexBabyShower. Thank you for all your support! It’s been amazing. Their instagram account @sussexroyal has gained 4 million followers in less than a week. It’s been a joy … Continue reading "Thank you Meghan and Harry!"
11 March 2019
This Mother's Day we want to acknowledge the hard work it takes to be a parent when life is throwing lots of challenges at you. And so we’re asking for your donations of gifts for the strong women we support.
26 January 2019
We held our first donation day of 2019 on Saturday 26 January and have been totally overwhelmed by the generosity of our local community. Although we only officially opened a couple of weeks ago, we have already supported over 40 families providing them with much needed clothes, toys, moses baskets, nappies and wipes. Families often … Continue reading "Donation Day at Little Village Southwark!"