Clothe and Feed proudly 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.
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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, more convenient way to improve levels of donated food for Foodbank use?
There was. The idea that supermarkets could present shoppers with a priced basket of in-demand food ingredients to produce healthy meals. These would be located upon arrival at the entrance to the store ready to pick up and purchase without the inconvenience of searching out items the food banks desired.
Well hats off to Morrisons, Cowgate! Their 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 and sold £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. 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 operated a free pre worn school clothing hub and gives away hundreds of items a week to struggling parents.
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.
COST OF LIVING CRISIS
The cost of living increase since 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.
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 equipment, 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 toiletries, food parcels, emergency sanitary products and shopping for disabled and people overcoming domestic abuse.
Please get in touch with Clothe and Feed if you are supporting a family who could benefit from our assistance in any way. It’s why we do what we do!
COMMUNITY OF SUPPORT WORKING TOGETHER
Here at Clothe and Feed, we embrace working alongside other charities, companies and agencies to build a wider support group for the most vulnerable people.
As well as acting as a collection point for local food banks, we regularly exchange surplus donated items with other charities to ensure that the people who need the items are able to access them quickly and at a place most convenient to them.
We provide regular support in terms of goods to anybody identified as in need by local council workers, the police service, social services, schools and other areas of care giving. This process is known as a referral and anybody referred to us has free access to all of our stores where we provide everything from toiletries and basic hygiene products to small household furniture, clothing, nursery items and toys.
Collectively as a team, we work to bridge the gap in demand for goods which other charities may not be unable to provide.
Are some things free?
To anybody identified as being in need and referred to our charity for support – everything you require for the family will be free.
This includes everything we have available in our stores, from nursery items to household goods, clothing and warm clothing.
Throughout the year, all school clothing is free as are warm winter coats for school aged children.
Please make contact with us if you need support with anything we may be able to provide to assist you and the family.
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 family, then we will take it. We accept:
Clothing and shoes
Nursery equipment from dummies and potties to toddler beds and nursing chairs.
Toiletries, nappies, wipes, sanitary and incontinence wear.
Toys, games and soft toys.
School uniform and sports equipment.
Household items including bric-a-brac, textiles and anything which could be useful in a home.
We’d prefer clean items suitable for reuse and for hygiene reasons.
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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