'The Smart Exchange'
Baby Branch is a project which provides clothing and toys for children aged 0-4 years, to families in need, or to those who'd like to exchange items.
The project takes all good-condition baby clothes and toys, cleans/launders them, and gives them out to parents in need or to parents who'd like to exchange items they currently have. Hazel Cole runs Baby Branch, and the project operates primarily on the east-side of Southampton.
You don’t need a referral or an appointment to access Baby Branch's services - everyone is welcome, regardless of income, faith or background. The project is also happy to gift clothes by request on behalf of friends, family or neighbours, or through child and family care agencies.
Where: Baby Branch is based at St. Andrews Church, 204 South East Road, Sholing, SO19 8LW.
When: Baby Branch is open Friday mornings 10am-1pm, and can be available other times on request.
How to donate items: Items in good-condition are gratefully received. Items can be dropped off at St. Andrews Church on Friday or Sunday mornings between 10am and 1pm, or you can email Hazel to make other more convenient arrangements.
How to access the service: Anyone can access Baby Branch's services, whether you have found yourself in a place of need, or simply want to exchange some items. Social workers, midwives or child support workers can also visit Baby Branch when it's open, to discuss clients' needs and collect items for them.
Contact: For more information, please email Hazel Cole via email@example.com or team members Lesley and Tricia.
How can I support Baby Branch?
There are various ways you can get involved and support the work of Baby Branch, including:
- Give resources - Baby Branch relies heavily on the generous donations of goods from local people, so if you have any good quality baby clothes or toys that you no longer need, you might like to consider donating them to the project. Please note that baby equipment is no longer taken due to lack of storage space.
- Give financially – Financial donations towards the project's work are greatly appreciated.
- Pray – Ongoing prayer for the work of Baby Branch is also very valued.
Thank you for your donations and support!