Sarah Beckingham shares news of how Baby Basics Doncaster has grown since it's launch in December 2020.
Baby Basics aim to 'reach out to marginalised people by providing some of the things needed for life with a baby.'
'They work with NHS midwives, health visitors, family nurses and other agencies to give out to those in need. Their most frequent requested items are Moses baskets, clothing, pushchairs, and toiletries.'
It was in July 2020 that conversations were had with SMC (Sprotbrough Methodist Church) and Circuit leaders about the possibility of opening a centre.
In September 2020, a meeting was had with the CEO of Baby Basics over zoom to discuss how it works. The partnership agreement was signed in December 2020 and Baby Basics Doncaster was launched.
The centre was opened earlier than expected in February 2021 as a result of generous donations. Now, Baby Basics Doncaster continues to grow as demand grows to meet rising levels of poverty in the borough.
The referrals come from community midwives, family hubs, mental health workers, schools, Changing Lives Doncaster, Doncaster Children's Services Trust, Doncaster Conversation Club, Refugee integration/ Council, St Leger Homes, and Health Visitors.
160 referrals have been completed to date (October 2022) and96 of those are for Moses basket starter packs.
'I was so happy, I just couldn't believe it. I was crying and crying' – Words from an expectant mum supported by baby basics.
'There is no safety net for these women, many would be left without these essentials if it wasn't for the charity.'
'Giving women the hope and security that they have those essential first items, to bring their baby home to, is very special and could not be done without Baby Basics.'
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