Back in April 2019, I was stood at my local Family Hub in Willenhall listening to Health Visitors trying to find nappies for a young mum they described as ‘destitute’.
My heart broke and I could not stop thinking about whether this lady had found the support she needed – where could she turn?
After speaking to numerous welfare professionals no one could tell me if a Baby Bank (or anywhere) existed in Coventry where mum’s in need could come to access what they needed.
So, in May 2019 I started Baby Godiva, Coventry’s first-ever Baby Bank with the aim of providing necessary baby essentials to mothers in need throughout Coventry.
We supply free of charge pre-loved and new nursery items and consumables to families in need, helping to recycle and provide for those that may not be able to afford them. We collect, sort and redistribute essentials, primarily for babies aged 0-12 months but we also support older children where possible.
Baby Godiva has grown so fast and in such a short space of time – to-date, we’ve support over 850 families thanks to the incredible donations we’ve received from the local community. Baby Godiva has linked up with midwives, health visitors and social workers locally and they welcome a service which they can directly and freely access to assist the many needy mothers in their local community.
It feels like I’m running downhill very fast, but I’ve somehow managed to work full-time, look after my two children (and husband!) and keep on my feet without letting any children down – a fact I’m very proud of.
Much like a real baby outgrows clothes, Baby Godiva has outgrown its current storage (currently my mum’s spare room!) and we need to procure a much larger space. With more space, we can organise and catalogue stock more effectively and readily access items needed in sometimes emergency circumstances and help even more families across Coventry and Warwickshire.