Hampstead mother bringing ‘food bank for parents in need’ to Belsize Park

Little Village is a charity that helps out struggling parents

Little Village is a charity that helps out struggling parents - Credit: Archant

A charity that provides clothes, toys, books and equipment for babies and children up to the age of five is set to arrive next year

Little Village describes itself as a food bank for parents in need. Run entirely by volunteers, it encourages parents to donate items they don’t use any more so they can be given to struggling parents.

A branch has been established in in Wandsworth, but Kirsten Westlake, a Hampstead mother, says there is a “desperate need” for one in Camden - where 36 per cent of children live under the poverty line.

The volunteer-run charity has found a potential home in the old community library in Belsize Park, but are lacking funds to secure the building.

“We would be moving in with The Winch - whose mission for young people is very much aligned with our own,” said Ms Westlake. “But we really need to raise £15,000 by Christmas to secure the site as ours.”

Ms Westlake has applied for Camden grants, including The Wells and Campden Trust, but the money will not arrive in time - if at all.

Little Village organisers came together as a group of local parents hoping promote sustainable living, and make it easy for local families to help one another.

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It offers a weekly drop-in service for families who need items, a delivery service and a referral service for people who need help with health or finances.

The organisers want to give out packages that feel like gifts, rather than hand-outs, so we include goodies for the mum, and only pass on items that they would want to give a friend.

Support Little Village Camden here: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/littlevillage-camden

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