‘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 clothes, toys, books and equipment for babies and children up to the age of five.
We’ll offer you training and support, and you’ll make a real and practical difference to the lives of hundreds of local families in your community.
Make a referral
We don’t have complicated assessment criteria, but we do ask that families are referred to us via a professional.
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 is due to open in early 2019.
Wishlist February 2019
Thanks to your incredible generosity, our shelves remain extraordinarily full with 1-24 month clothes and toys for all ages. We do have some gaps and we desperately need:
- Tiny baby and newborn clothes (boys and girls)
- Winter clothes (boys and girls) for 2-5 year olds
- Winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves: newborn–5 years
- Buggies: newborn, doubles and strollers
- Moses baskets, cribs, cots, travel cots and cotbeds: don’t forget instructions!
- Bedding: for cots and cotbeds
- Sleeping bags: 0-6 months in particular
- Feeding kit: sterilisers, pumps and breast feeding pillows
- Highchairs and travel highchairs
- New bottle teats: for Dr Brown, Avent, Tommee Tippee, Nuk and Mam bottles
- Playmats / baby gyms
- Baby bouncer chairs
- Baby baths and bath supports
- Towels: particularly baby towels
- Changing bags
- Changing mats
- Nappies: sizes 5 and 6
- Baby toiletries: including nappy rash cream
- Allen keys: to put cots together
- Baby board books
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 http://amzn.eu/bAKjN3f We’d hugely appreciate any items on this list.
Thank you so much as always.
- 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)
- Large toys
- Nappy bins
- Religious themed items
- Unless they are in unopened, original packaging: mattresses, bottle teats, dummies
- Pregnancy books
- Chapter books
All our items are gifts from one family to another. Please only bring us items that you think a friend would be delighted to receive. Thank you!
“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
8 January 2019
Thanks to the support of the Big Lottery Fund and the GLA, we’re hiring for four new part-time, flexible roles here at Little Village: We’re looking for an Operations Manager, a Fundraiser and a Finance Manager – these three roles will work across our three sites in Camden, Wandsworth and Southwark. And in Wandsworth we’re … Continue reading "We’re hiring!"
17 December 2018
Wow. When we launched our festive #OneGift campaign we thought we were being quite ambitious aiming for 1000 gifts to give out to kids who are homeless or living in temporary accommodation. The final count is in and in fact an incredible 2800 gifts have been donated to us. To say this campaign has humbled … Continue reading "2800 gifts…"
9 December 2018
“Baby banks ought not to exist – but while we do, we want to be there for every struggling family. It’s not about the rich giving to the poor, but about families helping families in the same community; a cycle of giving.” Check out Little Village in The Observer today. We’ve been spending lots of … Continue reading "Nappies, wipes… and hope"
8 December 2018
We’re super proud that Little Village featured recently on Woman’s Hour. You can listen again here. The 8 minute feature explores how families feel when they visit, the pleasure they get from being free to choose the items they’d like for their kids, and the challenges we face as child poverty rises for the first … Continue reading "Little Village on Woman’s Hour"