Help for New Mothers and their Babies
Baby Basics West Norfolk is a volunteer led project. We are a small local branch of a National Charity set up initially in Sheffield in 2009.
Our team meets once a week at St Nicholas Church in Dersingham . . . (but a lot of behind the scenes volunteering takes place unseen throughout each week). We get together to prepare the starter packs and all other referrals requested by the Health Professionals to help mums and families struggling to meet the financial and practical needs of looking after a new baby. Most often a referral is for a new Moses Basket (with a stand) which provide a safe bed for the babies to sleep in, and are packed full of essentials such as nappies, wipes, toiletries, blankets, baby towels, and baby clothes from new-born to three months. For some mothers, these are the only items they may have for their baby.
Demand for the service continues to grow. Prior to 2019 we had seen between 40-60 referrals per year, Since 2019 there has been an increase from 49 referrals received and completed in 2019, 99 in 2020 (the beginning of Covid and lockdown) to 211 in 2021.
So far in 2023 264 referrals have been completed. (As at August 26th 2023), and this is likely to rise significantly. Whilst it is a privilege to provide these Moses Basket bundles and other essential items to those who need them most, it’s a sad reflection on the need locally.
Our ethos is to try to give these mums dignity, to feel worthy, because they are. Having to ask for help is hard. Any donations, large or small are gratefully received. Just £2 will buy a packet of maternity pads. All the Moses baskets are new. Fundraising and donations enable us to ensure each baby has a new bed to sleep in.
Baby Basics West Norfolk is associated with St. Nicholas Church, Dersingham. Registered charity no: 250450. For more information on our vision please visit the Baby Basics website at www.baby-basics.org.ukor find us on Facebook BabyBasicsWestNorfolk