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Resources for Families Facing Challenges

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Here at Hackney Children & Baby Bank, we know that sometimes families need more than just baby essentials. Struggling financially or emotionally can take a toll, but there are resources available to help. 

 

Here's a list of some helpful organisations and websites that can offer additional support:

Pregnancy Assistance:

Birth Companions: If you have no one to support you through your pregnancy and/or birth, you can ask your midwife to contact Birth Companions.

 

https://www.birthcompanions.org.uk

 

Happy Baby Community: If you are an asylum seeker or refugee looking for support with pregnancy and/or early parenthood, you can contact Happy Baby Community.

 

https://www.happybabycommunity.org.uk

 

Doctors of the World: If you are undocumented and have no access to medical treatment or maternity care, you can contact Doctors of the World.

 

https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk

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Financial Assistance:

Little Village: Provides resources on managing your finances during the cost-of-living crisis.

https://wp.littlevillagehq.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/RLTV14-Cost-of-Living-Resources-v2-interactive.pdf

Young Planet: Just like a baby bank, people give away second hand baby items for free

https://www.youngplanet.com

Citizens Advice: Offers free, confidential advice on debt, benefits, housing, and other legal matters.

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

Freecycle: Second hand items being given away for free

https://www.freecycle.org 

Turn2us: Helps people find and apply for benefits, including those impacted by Coronavirus.

https://www.turn2us.org.uk/get-support 

Family Fund: Provides financial grants to families on low incomes with children facing additional needs.

https://www.familyfund.org.uk

Money Helper: Offers free, impartial advice on managing your money, including budgeting, debt and saving.

https://www.moneyhelper.org.uk/en

StepChange Debt Charity:  Provides free help and advice on managing debt.

http://www.stepchange.org

The Food Aid Network Cash First Scheme: Offers emergency cash grants to help families facing food poverty.

https://www.foodaidnetwork.org.uk/cash-first-leaflets#7

Trussell Trust:  Helps people find their nearest food bank if they're struggling to afford food.

https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank 

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Housing and Advocacy:

Shelter: Offers help with housing problems, including homelessness, eviction, and bad housing conditions.

https://england.shelter.org.uk/get_help

Refuge: Provides support and safe accommodation for women and children experiencing domestic violence or abuse.

https://www.refuge.org.uk/get-help-now

Women's Trust:  Supports women affected by domestic violence and sexual violence. 

http://womanstrust.org.uk

Unity Project: Provides support and services to tackle poverty and social exclusion in London.

http://www.unity-project.org.uk/

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Mental & Emotional Wellbeing

Childline: Offers free, confidential support for children and young people facing any issue.

https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support

NHS - Free Workouts & Healthy Living: Includes information on free exercise routines and healthy living tips.

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/gym-free-workouts

NHS Change4Life: Provides advice and resources to help families live healthier lives.

https://www.nhs.uk/change4life 

Mind: Offers information and support for mental health.

https://www.mind.org.uk

Project 17: Offers support to young people in care and care leavers.

http://www.project17.org.uk

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