‘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 January 2017 and in Southwark in January 2019.
Wishlist October 2019
We desperately need:
- Moses baskets, travel cots, cribs, cots and cotbeds (don’t forget instructions and all the fixings please and sorry we can’t accept your used mattresses)
- Sheets for cots and cotbeds (please label their size!)
- Buggies for newborns, double buggies, strollers and buggy boards (including footmuffs and rain covers)
- Sterilisers and breast feeding pillows
- Weaning plates and bowls
- Baby baths, bath supports and baby toiletries
- Changing mats and changing bags
- Fabric and board books ONLY
- Baby monitors
- Playmats, play gyms, baby bouncer chairs
- Sanitary towels and breast pads for Mums
- Winter jackets (boys and girls) for 0-5 years & good condition shoes
- Clothes: Newborn, 0-3 months and 2 – 5 years ONLY (boys and girls)
Also in high demand:
- Breast pumps (closed system only please)
- Highchairs and travel highchairs
- Baby bottles (teats must be new)
- Bibs and muslins
- Dummies and tethers
- Large toys
- 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 car seats)
- Changing units
- Nursery decorations (framed pictures, night lights)
- Nappy bins
- Religious or political themed items
- Pregnancy or Parenting books
- Chapter books
- Sleep positioners – e.g. Sleepyhead Pods or Cocoonababy Nests
- Unless they are in unopened, original packaging – mattresses, bottle teats, dummies.
Thanks to your incredible generosity, we ONLY need newborn and clothes for 2-5 year olds this month, plus winter jackets. If you have other clothes to pass on please do hold on to them until next month when we will likely need our stock replenishing.
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 Camden Amazon. We’d hugely appreciate any items on this list. Thank you so much as always.
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
14 October 2019
Are you passionate about tackling child poverty? Are you a brilliant communicator who loves working alongside people to share their stories to inspire social change? Do you find the opportunity of working in a passionate, growing social organisation exciting? If so, maybe you could be Little Village’s first ever Communications Manager. There’s more information about … Continue reading "We’re recruiting!"
22 July 2019
Our CEO Sophia has written a post sharing her reflections on the last year - what we've learnt, what's been hard, and what we're proud of.
16 July 2019
This week we were lucky enough to capture the journey of one of the 409 prams you've donated to us, as it arrived at Little Village and was immediately gifted to a new family.
10 July 2019
Today our Chief Executive Sophia Parker had an essay published as part of New Philantropy Capital's series, Walking The Talk, where she shared our lessons about how we've hardwired flexible working into Little Village.