Many expectant mums will have anxiously looked at the list of things needed for a new baby – the moses basket, pram, bouncy chair, cot, pram clothes etc etc… Maybe you were lucky and able to borrow from friends and family, or financially able to enjoy a big shopping trip. Imagine though if you were a young mum having a baby before your peers or find yourself having a baby in a crisis such as homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, or in financial hardship.
But the great thing is we know there are also lots of families who would love to find a good home for their recycled baby gear, there just needed to be a way to make this possible.
With this in mind a small group of mums were inspired to start up Little Bundles in Cambridge. With inspiration from other groups around the county, and initially as an NCT project with left-over items from NCT Sales the idea took shape. In August 2008 Little Bundles was formally established; we operate as an “unincorporated association” (a voluntary not-for-profit group with a turnover under £5K, we work hard to keep our overheads as low as possible).
Little Bundles in Cambridge works across the Cambridge region, for example as far afield as Huntingdon and March. (There are in fact other similar Little Bundles type projects around the UK which all operate independently, so do search for a local organisation if you are outside of Cambridge.)
In the 12 months of 2015-2016 Little Bundles received over 300 requests for assistance. Requests come to us via health and social care professionals and could be for anything from a small bag of clothes to a whole car load of nearly everything a mum would need for a new baby. The referral professionals generally collect requested items from our central Cambridge storage garage. We are also very grateful to a local business who has helped us immensely by housing us.
All of the items donated by Little Bundles have been recycled by generous local families who are happy to give away their good quality second-hand items. Donate items to Little Bundles.
This is all managed by our wonderful team of volunteers. There is a small core group who oversee the day-to-day operations, supported by invaluable help from a wider network of wonderful helpers. We meet up quite regularly, whether it is at a busy evening getting stuck into sorting clothes, to plan projects or the occasional social. There are so many ways to get involved and volunteering with Little Bundles can be very flexible.
Whether your help is large or small, you know your time is helping the local community and we have made many friends along the way. Keep in touch via our Little Bundles facebook page and join us in taking Little Bundles on into the future.