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Great new baby bank opens in Braintree for local families

A baby bank has opened within the Carousel Family Hub in Braintree offering donated items to local families in need.

Parents and carers can visit on the first and third Thursday of the month between 9.30 and 11.30am when Baby Stuff Braintree – the local charity that runs the baby bank – can provide them with clothing and other essential parenting or domestic items.

Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service, a service which is delivered by us in partnership with Barnardo’s on behalf of Essex County Council and NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, are proud to be working in partnership with  Baby Stuff Braintree and are delighted to host this much needed charity at Carousel Family Hub.

Volunteers from Baby Stuff Braintree will also be working with Health Visitors and Healthy Family Support Workers from Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service to provide clothing and domestic items to families who are unable to attend the Thursday sessions at the Family Hub.

Zoe Oddy, Mid Essex Quadrant Manager for Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service said: “We are delighted to be hosting Baby Stuff Braintree at Carousel Family Hub and working alongside their wonderful volunteers while helping local people access basic necessities in these challenging times. The baby bank will bring more families through our doors where they can access a range of support services from us and our partners.”

Karen March, Community Engagement Worker for Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service, added; “It has been fabulous working with such passionate volunteers who have taken on this task and you cannot put a price on the impact charities like Baby Stuff Braintree make to families who need their help.”

Dr Gervase Vernon, Founder and Trustee of Baby Stuff Braintree, said; “When I first heard about baby banks, I had no idea what they were. However, local research soon revealed a substantial need.  This service relies solely on donations, which gives local families the opportunity to recycle good quality items and help others in the community.  We work in co-operation with Barnardo’s and Virgin Care who have been most helpful.”

Donations of items can be made between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, at The Carousel Family Hub, Chapel Hill, Braintree, CM7 3QZ.

Further details about this new service, including a list of current ‘wants’, are on the Baby Stuff Braintree website (babystuffbraintree.blogspot.com),  Facebook page and on Twitter.

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