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Anyone who has young children knows that parenting can be challenging in the best circumstances. For people in dire financial need, it is even harder.

Within the London Borough of Lewisham, there are large areas of social deprivation. We take referrals for families anywhere within the Lewisham borough.

Our Aims

To provide new and expectant mums in dire financial need with essential items (such as cots, buggies, clothes, nappies and other toiletries) to ensure they and their children have what they need;

To thereby reduce stress, anxiety and depression, which will in turn help their children;

To facilitate the recycling of baby- and child-related items that the original owners no longer use.

Service and support offered by LBB:

The provision of newborn packs (including clothes, nappies and toiletries) to expectant mums, so they have everything they need to get them through the first couple of weeks;

The donation of secondhand items such as cots, prams, highchairs, Moses baskets, toys, clothes, books and so on to parents of young children who are struggling financially.

Anyone who has young children knows that parenting can be challenging in the best circumstances. For people in dire financial need, it is even harder.

Within the London Borough of Lewisham, there are large areas of social deprivation. We take referrals for families anywhere within the Lewisham borough.

Volunteering for LBB

We welcome new volunteers and are always growing so it is likely that we will need all the help we can get as things progress. Please contact Luke Jones direct at info@lewishambrighterbeginnings.org  with the following information:

Name, address, telephone, email, hours and days available to help, any relevant experience, how you would like to help.

Thank you!

LBB Baby Packs

Our baby packs usually contain:

For the parent:

  • 20 maternity sanitary towels
  • 50 breast pads
  • Deodorant
  • Comb
  • Bar of soap
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste

For the baby:

  • 3 bibs
  • Bath wash
  • Sponge
  • 44 nappies
  • 3 vests
  • 3 sleepsuits
  • Nappy/barrier cream
  • Sheet (not fitted)
  • Cellular or waffle blanket
  • Towel
  • 100 cotton wool pads
  • 100 nappy bags
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • 4 packs wipes
  • 3 muslin squares
  • Room thermometer
  • Digital thermometer
  • Soother
  • Safer sleeping advice from the Lullaby Trust

We also have, subject to donation, secondhand items such as cots, Moses baskets, highchairs, prams and buggies, stair gates, baby monitors, sterilisers, bottles, books and toys.

FAQ’s

What do you donate?

Baby packs for new borns (contents listed under baby packs), cots, buggies, baby monitors, breast pumps, moses baskets, strollers, toys, books, Mats, Cots, Bedding, Towels, Clothes for all children (all sizes), other items available at the discretion of the founder and volunteers.

Where do you get your supplies from?

We buy the toiletries for our newborn packs in bulk. All other items are donated by local parents, who have heard about us through NCT, Facebook, Twitter, family and friends, from their health visitor, mums in playgrounds around the London Borough of Lewisham, and so on.

What items do you accept? Are clothes included?

We can accept pretty much anything that is baby- or child-related, and in good condition including clothes. We also get requests for small household items and women’s clothes (including maternity clothes). However our storage space is limited, so we cannot accept as many items as we would like. We often request specific requests on our Facebook group, when we can pass them on to families in need and bypass the need for storage.

What age range are items required for?

We help people with children of all ages.

What happens to the items that are donated?

They are stored temporarily in our founder’s home and a new storage facility in Lee. They are then collected and distributed to families as and when requests for specific items are received.\r\n

What items are requested the most?

Nappies; baby monitors; cots; bedding; prams suitable for newborn babies and bouncey chairs.\r\n

Where do you get your funding from?

We mainly just take donations of items at current but should we receive donations from individuals and companies we will ensure this is put to good use for families in need. The general running costs are currently covered by the Founder so any monetary donations would be spent directly on items for the families in need. If you would like to donate please contact Luke Jones (Founder) at lj.direct@yahoo.co.uk or call 02083251294

How can I make a donation of items?

We can collect items from people. Please join the Lewisham Brighter Beginnings Facebook group and all items needed and requirements will be posted on there. We can then arrange to come and pick them up or for you to drop them to us. Please contact us by phone or email to make arrangements.

How can I make a cash donation?

Either by cheque or an electronic payment into our account; please contact us by phone or email for further information.

Do you need any help with LBB?

Yes! We always welcome extra help! There are lots of different ways people can support us: for example, by distributing leaflets amongst other local parents and in local surgeries and libraries; by collecting items on our behalf from friends, family and other contacts; by joining our Facebook group and sharing it and so on. We post vacancies on the team on our Facebook group as and when the need arises. If you would like to support us, please get in touch.