Baby Basics is a charity which aims to provide much-needed baby essentials for needy and vulnerable families. We work with healthcare professionals to provide beautiful starter packs for new parents/mothers, which contain clothing, toiletries and essential baby equipment.
Baby Basics Leeds is a volunteer-led project based out of St Paul’s Church, and in partnership with many other churches and organisations around Leeds. We work mostly with refugees and asylum seekers, and teenage mums, but aim to provide as much as we can for anyone who is in need.
The Baby Bank offers a unique service to those whom have or are expecting children aged between 0-4 years and are struggling financially to meet their needs in the short term, this may be due to domestic Violence, immigration, benefit cuts or sanctions, illness or disability, there are so many reasons we receive referrals it would be impossible to list them all, but most of the referrals we receive are for service users whom are vulnerable and have no recourse to public funding.
We offer everything one might need for a child within the catchment age group, from food, sanitary products and nappies to pushchairs, cots and feeding equipment. Each referral is assessed individually by the referrer (social services, midwives, health visitors and so on) and the items requested are matched to that person’s immediate need. Our aim is to provide the item’s that often the food banks don’t have or have very limited supplies of. We aim to be not a long term support but a safety net for those awaiting applications, sanctioned or unable to apply for public funding.
Our unit is based at St Catherine’s Business Complex in Bramley, however, we are a city wide charity and there are drop off points for donations in various locations across Leeds.
In order to achieve this, we rely entirely on the generosity of the public, we always need donations of used products or new items such as food, toiletries, mattresses and car seats which we cannot provide second hand. All the details of items we need can be found on our website or on our Facebook page, where we often post updates on items we have run out of or have waiting lists for.
We also have a Go Fund Me page, where we welcome cash donations so that we can pay the bills on our premises and reimburse our drivers with fuel expenses. No one at the Baby Bank is a paid member of staff, all funds raised go directly to the upkeep and running of the baby bank. There are links to our Go Fund Me page available on our website www.leedsbabybank.org
We would like to also express our thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Baby Bank so far, whether it was a jar or baby food, your time or clothes your child has outgrown, without you the baby Bank would not exist.
We look forward to supporting families in need for as long as there remains a need for the service in Leeds.
Leeds Baby Bank was established in January 2017 by Co-Founders Chantal Nogbou & Lynsey Jayes, since then it has been run wholly by volunteers and has grown hugely in such a short time. We currently have two further trustees, Faye Freeman and Emma Cosgrove who have helped develop and manage the charity and its day to day running. We have 5 volunteers and drivers and are lucky enough to have the help of local companies on their team building days and work experience students from time to time. Everyone who volunteers for the Baby bank does so along side their own work and family commitments which highlight the enthusiasm and dedication of our volunteers and management.