Family support resources

We created this page to bring together a list of resources available to you.

General advice

Citizens Advice provide general advice on work, benefits, housing and access to food and essentials.

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.

Young Planet is an app advertising clothes and kit for kids (including older kids) going free based on your postcode.

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.

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.

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.

Financial support

Turn2Us provide benefits guidance and provide guidance on coping with rising energy bills.

Family Fund provide financial support if your child has a disability.

Money Helper and Step Change both offer guidance on everything to do with finances and debt.

Worrying About Money offers useful leaflets on sources of support in certain London Boroughs.

Housing support and advice

Shelter are a national charity and able to provide helpline support on all housing issues including emergency support.



Staying safe

These organisations can offer help and advice on how to keep you and your children safe.


Women’s Trust


Staying healthy

The NHS has some great resources online for healthy bodies for you and your children.

And keeping our minds healthy is just as important. You can find some helpful advice online at Mind.

Families with No Recourse to Public Funds

The Unity Project  offers support for those families with NRPF, including to have the NRPF condition removed if applicable.

Project 17 offers advice on housing / financial options for families with children facing severe poverty/homelessness because they have NRPF.