Who We Are

Little Village is here to make it as easy as possible for local families to support one another during times of need.

We collect great quality donations of clothes, toys and kit for babies and children up to the age of 5, and we gift these donations on to local families who are dealing with really challenging circumstances – homelessness, unemployment, low wages and domestic violence. Families are sent our way by our network of referral partners – health visitors, children’s centres and midwives primarily, but also faith organisations, other charities and public servants.

Our dream is that no child in the capital grows up without essential items of clothing, toys and equipment.

“Thank you for helping us to give our children the start in life they deserve.”

Parent we supported

“After 16 years of working I was super scared to use a free service, but staff made me feel so much better about being here.”

Parent we supported

All our sites invite families in to choose the items they’d like, supported by our fantastic trained volunteers. Our feedback tells us that the warm, friendly experience of visiting us is as significant as the great quality of the items the families are able to take home with them.

“I love the direct link between my children and someone else’s living nearby. It doesn’t feel like charity, it feels like gift giving.”

Donor

Little Village is powered by an incredible network of over 150 volunteers, many of whom are parents with small children – a group that often struggles to find opportunities for meaningful work or volunteering.

“Parents want to help other parents: this is how”

Volunteer

We’re a registered charity, and we currently operate in the London Boroughs of Wandsworth and Camden, and in 2018 we are expanding into Southwark.

Through our work we grow confidence, connection and community at the same time as alleviating material poverty. We have our work cut out: despite being one of the wealthiest cities in the world, child poverty is rising for the first time in 20 years, and is at its highest in inner London, where we operate.

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