Call for groups to get join forces with Norfolk charity that benefits babies

Vicki Woods from Baby Bank Norfolk.

Vicki Woods from Baby Bank Norfolk. - Credit: Archant

A new charity set up to help hard-up parents provide for their babies has called out for new partnerships.

Baby Bank Norfolk was launched in May to collect donations of baby equipment, clothes, toys, and other essentials and distribute them through support services such as children's centres, health visitors and social service agencies.

Vicki Woods, a Wymondham mum who founded the charity, said the project was going well but there was plenty of room to expand.

She said: 'We are still looking for more professionals who feel that their clients could benefit from Baby Bank. 'We have already helped families from across Norfolk, including a new mum who lost everything in a house fire and families dealing with unexpected income cuts.

'If you think we can help one of your clients, please get in touch.'

South Norfolk Council helped Baby Bank Norfolk get started with a £300 Go For It grant.

Yvonne Bendle, cabinet member for wellbeing and early intervention, said: 'We are really happy to be able to support such a great idea.

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'We gave them a Go for It grant to help them get up and running and we have collected clothes and toys for them at our popular reuse and recycle events. This is a great example of the fantastic results that can come from a group of dedicated volunteers who are determined to make a difference in their communities.'

Parents can be referred to the service through health professionals, social service agencies and groups dealing with refugee resettlement, pregnancy crisis, domestic violence and more.

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