Family support resources
During this difficult time, we understand that there are so many ways in which your life will have changed. We created this page to bring together a list of resources available to you.
Sourcing baby equipment (or other items for the home)
If Little Village is unable to support you at this time, there are other routes you can explore to find baby equipment.
If you live outside of the areas we support, there may be another baby bank nearer you that can help. You can search for baby banks near you on this map.
You might also be able to find baby clothes and equipment through local social media sites, particularly Facebook. Try searching “freebay” and your local area on Facebook, or search your area and “parents” — you are likely to find local groups where people swap or sell items they no longer need.
Freecycle is an app and website where people give away their items locally for free. You can search by area or by item for the things you need.
Many new groups were set up to provide help during the COVID-19 lockdown, called Mutual Aid groups. You can post on these groups asking for support or specific items you need. Find your local Mutual Aid group here.
Help with food
If you cannot afford to buy food, you can get help from a food bank near you. You can find your nearest food bank on the Trussell Trust website.
They can’t help if you’re self-isolating and just can’t go out to buy food, but can provide help if you cannot afford to feed your family.
There may also be local food banks near you operating out of churches or mosques. Search “food bank” and your local area on Google and you may find more options.
Housing support and advice
National Homelessness Advice Service are open 9–6 Monday–Friday for calls (on 0300 330 0517) or webchat to give advice on housing benefits, Universal Credit housing costs, Universal Credit basic eligibility and entitlement checks, possession actions and general advice, whatever your housing situation.
It’s really important that we keep physically and mentally healthy during this time, even though we’re staying in.
And keeping our minds healthy is just as important. You can find some helpful advice online at Mind.