North Oxfordshire gets a Baby Bank
We wanted to share this message of a new, innovative but essential new service for parents in North Oxfordshire. Bicester Baby Bank is a new voluntary association, grown from the love and dedication of families wanting to help other local families in Bicester and the surrounding areas.
The baby bank relies on donations of good, clean clothing and equipment for babies and children up to the age of five. Volunteers use the donations to create bundles for families referred by Health Visitors, community support workers, social services, schools and other agencies.
Once they have been referred families receive a voucher to exchange for a bundle from the baby bank. Recycling is an important element of the organisation, so families who benefit from the service are encouraged to redonate items that they have used but no longer need so that the organisation can re-distribute them. This allows local families to give back as well as receive donations.
The Bicester Baby Bank can now reach out to families in the Oxford and Banbury areas as the public have been supportive and generous with donations.