Do you have leftover unused disposable nappies lying around? The Nappy Collective will redistribute your nappies to organisations that support families in need. Collections run for two weeks in February, June and October. For more information, including collection points, visit www.thenappycollective.com or email [email protected]
The mission of Human Milk 4 Human Babies Global Network is to promote the nourishment of babies and children around the world with human milk. The group is dedicated to fostering community between local families who have chosen to share breastmilk. The group uses social media as a platform for local families to make real-life connections and come together as sustainable milk-sharing communities in which women graciously share their breastmilk. Visit the Victorian chapter site and post your offer or request on the wall. For more information visit www.hm4hb.net or [email protected]
HOUSEHOLD AND BABY/KIDS’ ITEMS
West Welcome Wagon is a grassroots initiative assisting asylum seekers in the inner west of Melbourne. Originally started by Yarraville resident Mia McGregor in September 2013, the group has grown very quickly and seeks to offer support in many ways, shapes and forms. The group is made up of volunteers, a growing number of which have offered their houses as storage/drop-off points. West Welcome Wagon accepts all sorts of baby, child and household items, so if you have something you’d like to donate, get in touch via the Facebook page by clicking the link above.
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre is Australia’s leading asylum seeker organisation, which works at the coalface, assisting some of the more disadvantaged people in our community. The Centre accepts donations to assist asylum seekers, including food and other aid items such as nappies, international calling cards, department store gift cards, mobile phones, and pots and pans. For more information, visit www.asrc.org.au or email [email protected]
BABY AND MATERNITY ITEMS
St Kilda Mums is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisation based in St Kilda, Melbourne. The organisation collects donations of pre-loved nursery equipment, cots, prams, car seats, clothes and other baby essentials. These donations are distributed to Melbourne families experiencing hardship, through partnerships with maternal and child health nurses and local social service agencies.
To find out more about donating your pre-loved baby gear, or becoming a volunteer, visit the website: www.stkildamums.org/home or email [email protected]
The Caroline Chisolm Society is a professional agency of social and community workers, service support staff and volunteers, who offer pregnancy counselling and support, material aid and family support. The society welcomes financial donations, as well as the donation of babies’ and toddlers’ clothing, nursery equipment, and maternity wear. It also accepts volunteers to assist with fundraising and promotional events. For more information, visit the website: www.carolinechisholmsociety.com.au or call (03) 9361 7000
Computerbank is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, run by volunteers, which refurbishes donated computers with quality free software. These computers are offered to disadvantaged individuals and community groups. Older and broken equipment is responsibly recycled, does not end up in landfill and is not sent to unsafe dismantling plants in third-world countries.
For more information, visit the website: www.computerbank.org.au, or email [email protected]
OLD WEDDING DRESSES
Angel Gowns is a community organisation of volunteers who hope to touch the hearts of everyone who has suffered the tragic loss their baby. From donated wedding gowns, volunteers lovingly hand-craft ‘Angel Gowns’, which are then gifted to Neonatal Intensive Care Units and Hospitals all around Australia and New Zealand.
For more information, visit www.angelgownsaustralia.com/ or email [email protected]