10th May 2017 — Little Village provides good quality baby clothes and equipment to families who need it. All the clothes and equipment are donated by local families and the charity is run by parents as an entirely voluntary enterprise.
The charity offers a weekly drop-in service for families who need support, a delivery service and also provides a referrals-based service for health visitors, children’s centres, midwives and the local foodbanks. Families can either bring a voucher and select items from the Little Village stockroom themselves, or volunteers can put together bags of kit for them. The bags are designed to feel like gifts, rather than hand-outs, so goodies for the mum are included, and only good quality items are passed on. The Balham centre has been such a success that Little Village have now opened a second centre in Camden.
Hornsby House has collected donations of baby and toddler clothes, books, games and equipment, as well as raising £1,374 from sales of cakes and wristbands and a concert by all the school choirs. The children then brought in gifts from home to give to the Little Village mums for Mothers’ Day. Alongside these activities, the Hornsby House School Parent Teacher Association has run a series of events in aid of Little Village, including a ceilidh evening and a quiz night for parents, as well as a toy fair and disco for the children – these have raised £4,000, bringing the grand total to well over £5,000. Each of the three Year 6 classes have also visited the Little Village headquarters to help process donations. They sorted books, checked games and puzzles were complete and in working order, cleaned buggies and created artwork to brighten up the storage room.
Mrs Michelle Boyd, Year 3 teacher, Charities Co-ordinator and mum-to-be, said, “Little Village are giving such valuable help to local families in need. The Hornby House community has been very generous with their donations and with supporting our fundraising. The Year 6 children also loved being able to help out at Little Village headquarters.”
Sophia Parker, Founder of Little Village, said, “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness shown by staff, pupils and families at Hornsby House. Not only have they donated some wonderful items for us to pass on to local families in need, but they’ve also raised an incredible amount of money in a very short space of time, helping us to open up for an additional day each week. We loved having the children at HQ. Hornsby House’s contribution has made a big impact on Little Village.”