Ten Little Toes has been a Baby Bank serving West Sussex since 2017. We are a charity. Demand grows constantly - in 2019-20 we will help over 400 families with essentials. We want to expand to help more families and to open a School Uniform Bank. We desperately need a bigger premises with more storage. Our current (free) space is on loan until Summer 2020. We need to raise funds to fund a space, or we won’t be able to continue. We would love to help families with the significant expense of school uniform, but don’t currently have the space to store it. Opening a uniform bank (for Horsham & Crawley schools) would allow us to dramatically increase the number of families we help, and to encourage clothes recycling in our area. Extra storage (and therefore more stock) would mean a quicker response to urgent requests we get, making our efforts reach further. To help sustain us, this money will also help us set up a new website and monthly donation scheme, offering us more regular income
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
There is already a huge demand for the Baby Bank's existing services in West Sussex, and we wish to meet this growing demand and expand this vital community resource. Expanding will allow us to move into a more permanent, fit-for-purpose home, that will allow us to store more stock, respond to more requests for help, use more of the volunteer time we are offered, and supply a greater range of items to those in need. This space will also allow us to run community events such as cake sales and drop-ins. The West Sussex area desperately needs a School Uniform Bank. We are regularly asked for help with uniforms, an unavoidable and costly regular expense for all families with children. Some schools are able to help families in poverty with uniform expenses, but many are not, and it is our experience that there is not enough support locally. We need funds for space and equipment, storage, and to be able to provide second hand uniform and new school shoes and bags to children.
Steps to get it done:
We believe no child should be without the basics - a warm, safe place to sleep, good quality clothing, safe highchairs, prams and car seats, and suitable nappies. We are passionate about helping local families, building communities, and recycling. We help to encourage re-use of clothing, equipment and furniture, passing it on to others in need. Anything we can't pass on ourselves we donate to other charities working with the homeless and with refugees at home and abroad. We are well connected with other local charities, sharing knowledge and resources to ensure that nothing is ever wasted and that we help one another to maximise the impact on our community. Our service is already a vital lifeline to the local community, and we help ease the burden on local services. We work with Health Visitors and Social Services to help them help local families in need. We are run by a small, devoted group of Trustees and volunteers, who are ready to take this project to the next stage.
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