Clothe and Feed operate the North East’s largest baby bank. Whilst assisting with local food bank appeals, we identified another massive need in local communities which is to assist struggling parents and vulnerable children with baby equipment, clothing and toiletries. The cost of these items is prohibitively expensive for many families across our region and often children go without the necessities many of us take for granted. The Baby Bank service is free to those accessing it. It makes a huge difference!
We see families so overwhelmed by the generosity of donors, and the difference the service makes to their lives is incredible.
Want to join us in making a difference?
We’re raising awareness of CLOTHE AND FEED, and any donation will help to make an impact. Whether its by donating goods, funds or offering your time to volunteer, it all helps to keep this scheme going for those who need it the most.
Thank you in advance for your contribution to this local cause.
COMMUNITY STORES AND DONATION SITES
CLOTHE & FEED SITES
73-75 High Street West, Wallsend, NE28 8HX
15 High Street West, Wallsend NE28 8JA
96-98 King St, South Shields, NE33 1JE
Beacon Centre, Bedford Street North Shields NE29 6QF
Unit 3, Union Street, Sunderland SR1 3BT
UNIFORM FOR ALL SITES
Contract House, Renwick Road, Blyth, NE24 2NX
CLOTHE & FEED. THE BACK STORY.
Clothe and Feed started out in life being inspired by an empty food collection point in a major supermarket in Newcastle. Surely there was a better, cleverer way to improve levels of donated food relevant for Foodbank use.
There was. Perhaps the supermarket could present shoppers with baskets of food ingredients for meals upon arrival at the entrance to the store which could be purchased for say £5.
Well hats off to Morrisons Cowgate , whose manager saw the merit in such an idea and trialled the pilot for a week. To everyone’s surprise the pilot was an amazing success in selling £1,200 of baskets resulting in a bumper delivery to the local Foodbank.
Charged with the success , a visit was arranged to the local Foodbank which coincided with the day Shelter Newcastle were holding their Foodbank client helpdesk and it was that meeting which revealed the urgent need to support young mums and vulnerable children in other complimentary ways such as baby equipment, clothes, toiletries, school uniforms and refurbished white goods.
Clothe and Feed now had a mission. It was to relieve clothing and food poverty for vulnerable people and dependents in local communities .
Since March 2018, Clothe and Feed has facilitated the distribution of thousands of free items of baby equipment, clothing and toiletries . It has also facilitated the creation of a free pre worn school clothing hub and gives away hundreds of items a week to struggling mums.
The food basket concept has now being taken up by local stores in the convenience arena and several matched funded schemes now exist in the supermarket sector where the baskets just take up too much valuable retail space.
The coronavirus outbreak has had a major impact on all of our lives, but particularly for young and old vulnerable people around the country, as well as the homeless and survivors of domestic violence.
In addition, those with underlying health conditions and the over 70s are being asked to stay at home for 12 weeks, which we know will worsen the UK’s loneliness epidemic.
Our children’s programme support families living in severe financial, health and social difficulties, and provides items that meet children’s most basic needs. Items covered include baby eqipment ,beds, kitchen appliances, clothing and any other items and services that are critical to children’s wellbeing.
We are also dedicated to relieving clothing , food and essential item poverty to homeless people with essential toiletries, food parcels, emergency sanitary products and shopping for disabled and people suffering domestic abuse.
Is everything free?
Yes in a word. Some of the items we’d like to be returned in due course due to their rarity (twin buggies and the like) or simply because they would be useful for a fixed period we loan out.
How do I donate?
You can donate directly to any of our community stores locally or reach out and we can collect if travelling is not possible.
What can I donate?
In a word, if you think what you have would be useful to a struggling mum, then we will take it. Free. We accept baby/kids clothing, equipment, toiletries, toys as well as school uniforms.
We’d like them washed and not stained from a hygiene standard and so sorting is made easier.
How can I get involved?
We have many volunteering opportunities available across the region in all departments. Please visit https://form.jotform.com/212931391860355 to let us know you are interested and we will be in touch very soon.
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Contract House, Renwick Road, Blyth, NE24 2NX