Little Village
To bring about change for children and families through the power of sharing, reusing and connecting.
ABOUT US: 

We are London’s biggest Baby Bank, helping over 7000 children per year. With love, we collect donations of pre-loved items to share with children living in poverty.

 

Volunteers are at the heart of Little Village and essential to everything we do.  From supporting families face to face or on the ‘phone to sorting donations or delivering gifts.

 

At Little Village, you’ll meet local like-minded people, use your skills, and have fun. Most importantly, you’ll make a real and immediate difference to families facing tough times.

WHY OUR WORK MATTERS: 

We’ve grown to be one of the largest ‘baby banks’ in the UK, supporting over 25,000 children since we launched in 2016. Families are referred to us via a network of over 2,000 professionals such as midwives and social workers.
 

We supported 7000 children in 2020, the highest number we have ever supported in one year.

 

In April 2022, Little Village released a new report, supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation with updated data on family poverty in the UK. Statistics show that approximately half of the 4.2 million children living in poverty live in a household with an under 5 and 1.3 million of those 4.2 million children are themselves under the age of 5. Find out more here 

 

Each year we release an impact report. Find out more here 

OUR VALUES: 
Love, Solidarity, Thriving and Sustainability
THINGS WE ARE PROUD OF: 
Everyone in Little Village lives, works and volunteers according to our values. You won't find a more empathetic family.
WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN OUR PEOPLE: 

You may be interested in giving your time and bringing and developing your skills and experience by volunteering at Little Village if you are passionate about tackling child poverty and motivated by Little Village’s values of Love, Solidarity, Thriving and Sustainability and believe in our model of bringing families together to help each other.

 

No formal skills are required and you will receive a full induction and any necessary training.

 

If you are looking to develop or use any of the following skills then you may enjoy one of our volunteering opportunities:

  • Teamworking
  • Communication
  • Organisation
  • Eye for detail
  • Driving (not for all roles, but we do have specific driving opportunities for those who enjoy that!)
HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT: 

Although we’re called a ‘baby bank’, our model is about community as much as redistribution. When possible, families are invited in to choose the items they'd like for their children, enabling us to offer a warm welcome and additional support e.g. advice services.  

 

Nearly all the parents we support are women. Many are struggling with loneliness and low confidence. User feedback and an independent evaluation shows how our community-based, volunteer-led approach, rooted in our values of love, solidarity, sustainability and thriving has (a) given women back agency, reducing parental anxiety and increasing resilience (b) encouraged them to return as volunteers to help others and (c) built new social networks across class and cultural divides.

Summary
Families
Homelessness
Poverty
Refugees
Social Care
London
United Kingdom
Charity / Nonprofit

Connect With Us

Our Opportunities

 
Family Connections
Little Village
Min. 12 Weeks Minimum weeks
Family Connections
Volunteering
Volunteer
Crisis Support, Families, Poverty, Refugees

Our Family Connections volunteers chat with families on the telephone. Providing reassurance, care, support, and basic signposting – it’s a virtual cup of tea. It helps them to feel welcomed with love, manage expectations, and ask questions.

 
Baby Bank Helper
Little Village
Min. 12 Weeks Minimum weeks
Baby Bank Helper
Volunteering
Greeter
Families, Poverty, Refugees, Social Care

Our Baby Bank Helpers support families during their visit to Little Village. At one of our busy sites, they help families choose items their children will love. Volunteers also help to sort, check and prepare gifts of pre-loved donations.

 
Pick & Pack (Baby Bank Volunteer)
Little Village
Min. 12 Weeks Minimum weeks
Pick & Pack (Baby Bank Volunteer)
Volunteering
Volunteer
Families, Poverty, Refugees, Social Care

Our Pick and Pack team are based in one of our lively baby banks. Together we sort, check, and prepare pre-loved items for children. Volunteers create high-quality bundles of toys, clothes, and equipment to gift to families.