A new charity has just launched in Tooting which provides good quality baby clothes and equipment, donated by Tooting families, to Tooting families who need baby equipment, clothing and toys, but can’t afford to buy them.
Little Village was set up by local mums, Sophia Parker, Nijma Cooper Khan and Nina Moore. The charity, run entirely by volunteers, holds donation days when people can drop in their items. The next donation day will be held on March 2 at the Balham Scout Centre on the corner of Balham High Road and Elmfield Road.
Sadiq Khan MP said: “As a parent myself, I remember how much baby equipment we used when the children were small, much of which was expensive and vital but the children soon grew out of it. This is a wonderful way for local parents to pass their baby kit on to other local parents, solving the dual problems of some parents drowning in barely-used baby clothes while other parents struggle to provide what their children need”.
Sadiq Khan MP pictured with Sophia Parker (behind left), one of the founders of Little Village
If you or your family could benefit from the items on offer via the charity, you can be referred by faith leaders, children’s centres, schools, local councillors or via your local MP. The website will soon include a referral sheet which can be easily completed.
The charity has already helped mothers in need ranging from victims of domestic abuse to teenagers who have been cut off from their families.
Sadiq Khan said “I would especially like to congratulate Sophia Parker on setting this charity up just weeks after giving birth to her third child. She is an inspirational woman who missed out on becoming a local Labour councillor by just a few votes at the last Council elections. I’m glad her energy and commitment have found a new direction. All those involved deserve praise for their efforts and vision”.
To find out more about how to drop off items or volunteer to sort stock, please email littlevillageHQ@gmail.com or visit the website http://littlevillagehq.com/ which lists items that the charity needs, or already has plenty of.