The difficult circumstances of many Oxford residents are often sadly overlooked. Estimates are that over 5,000 children live in poverty here. Provision of a safe and nurturing environment is difficult without basic means. We have started the Oxford Baby Bank to reach such families.
If you have any of the items listed below that you wish to donate, please email us to organise a drop off at the Methodist church on a Wednesday morning, email@example.com.
We are always seeking Moses baskets, cots, cot-beds (we can only take new mattresses), sparkling clean buggies (we cannot store travel systems with bassinet, as they take up too much room, so buggies in really good condition that can take a newborn are wonderful), microwave sterilisers, travel cots, pressure fitted stair-gates, play mats and bouncy chairs, baths and bath inserts, slings, good quality educational toys (no large plastic items or battery operated toys), IKEA highchairs with detachable legs.
Thank you to everyone in advance who donates. We really appreciate your support.
Midwives, health visitors, social workers, charity workers, GPs, local councillors and police can all refer individuals in crisis or struggling financially and in need. In most instances, we ask that the referring professional come to the Baby Bank to collect the required items. From experience, we know that the recipients themselves struggle to get to us, so professional pick up is the most effective way to operate. In emergency situations where the professional absolutely cannot come, we have limited capacity to drop off within the Oxford ring road and adjacent areas eg Barton, Littlemore etc. Professionals from outside Oxford may refer, but they will have to pick up from us. Currently, owing to the crisis in midwifery services, we are not expecting Oxford midwives to pick up and we will do our best to respond quickly to the needs of their clients via drop off.
We hope to offer some quick solutions to frontline professionals who are working in difficult circumstances and daily encounter individuals in need.
Unfortunately we cannot take self-referrals. If you would like to receive help from the baby bank please do so via a professional such as a midwife, health visitor or social worker.
If you are a professional referring from outside of Oxford, you may refer and pick up from us.
We do not stock foodstuffs, nor do we supply nappies