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About us

Little Village is like a food bank, but for clothes, toys and equipment for babies and children up to the age of 5. We accept donations of excellent-condition, pre-loved items, which are passed on to families who need support. The items are a gift, given with love, from one family to another.

We provide a warm, supportive community for the families we see, building connections, local networks and facilitating support between parents. Our volunteers made 7,000 phone calls to families over the past year.

We are based in London, with hubs in Camden, Wandsworth and Southwark.

Since we launched in 2016, we’ve supported thousands of visits from families across London. In 2020 alone, we supported 7,281 children, more than double that of the previous year.

Our values of love, solidarity, thriving and sustainability underpin everything we do.

83%

of baby banks say families are worried about being able to afford/find essentials such as nappies and baby milk

Source: Little Village survey of 50+ baby banks, 2020

8 in 10

baby banks worry that children living in poverty will go hungry

Source: Little Village survey of 50+ baby banks, 2020

9 in 10

baby banks say that the coronavirus crisis is making it harder to support families in the way they would want

Source: Little Village survey of 50+ baby banks, 2020

77%

of baby banks say they need more nappies, mattresses and other products that can’t be given out second-hand

Source: Little Village survey of 50+ baby banks, 2020

Our vision

Our vision is that every child in the capital has the essential things they need to thrive, and that everyone can play a part in achieving that goal.

Our mission is to make it as easy as possible for families to help each other to thrive.

 

 

 

The story of Little Village

What we do

We collect great-quality donations of clothes, toys and kit for babies and children up to the age of 5, and gift them to local families who are dealing with challenging circumstances like homelessness, unemployment, low wages and domestic violence. With the support of our local communities, we aim to keep children warm and entertained, and also to provide a safe place for them to sleep.

Families are referred to us via a network of 1,825 professionals from more than 500 organisations, such as midwives, social workers and children’s centres.

Since lockdown, we have been working in a different way, but we are still very much here for families who urgently need our help.

We used to invite families in to choose the items they needed, but we are currently operating a delivery service to those most in need. When a family is referred to us, we phone them to find out what they need, and periodically check in with them. Maintaining this contact with families is crucially important, as we know that opportunities for social interaction have been limited by the coronavirus pandemic.

Who we are

Little Village is a registered charity that operates across London.

Our dedicated staff are supported by a network of nearly 500 incredible volunteers. Our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do, and without them we simply wouldn’t exist. They’re an amazing group of people who help us do everything from sorting donations, to delivering bundles to families, to phoning parents to check in on them.

Learn more about volunteering with Little Village.