Perth baby bank aims to help even more struggling families from new base in city

By Douglas Dickie

A group in Perth providing baby essentials for struggling families has opened its own unit in the city.

Buttons and Bows Baby Bank is a constituted community group and a non-profit organisation which was started last year by Caroline Moore.

It now delivers its services through a dedicated group of volunteers and this week opened a unit at the Perth Business Centre where it will operate out of.

The Baby Bank works in partnership with a number of local agencies including TullochNET, Perth North Church and Letham Climate Challenge.

It was recently awarded £2000 from the Perth Harbour Calmac Community Fund to help towards the rent of the unit and to enable volunteers to start delivering sessions of the baby bank at the unit.

That was in addition to £1120 from Cash for Kids to support the delivery of the sessions there.

Explaining what the group does, Caroline said: “Buttons and Bows provides free baby food, nappies, baby essentials and baby equipment to families, with children in the 0-4 years age group, who are experiencing financial difficulties.

“All baby items are a mixture of new and pre-loved items. Many donations of baby clothes and baby items have been received from members of the local community and the group has also received donations from local businesses including Morrisons, Marks and Spencer and Tesco.

“Parents/families are referred to the organisation by professionals who work with families and families can also self-refer.”

The new premises will allow the group to host sessions for parents.

Caroline added: “At the baby bank sessions parents/families can come and get free nappies, baby food, toiletries and baby equipment such as baby bouncers, prams, pushchairs, cots etc.

“Depending on how busy we are (as our room is very full) if anyone is wanting clothing and toys we sometimes have to ask them to come back for them at the next baby bank session.

“We then put together their items for them and they collect them whenever is suitable for them. Professionals who have referred clients can also come and pick up their clients items and then they deliver them to their clients.

“At the sessions we also take donations of baby items.

“If we get a request for something we don’t have in stock at that moment, we do try to get that item from other sources.”

Any parent or family who lives within Perth and Kinross and is needing support from the project can attend the weekly sessions of the Buttons and Bows Baby Bank at Perth Business Centre Unit 9 at 28 Glasgow Road, Perth.

The sessions are delivered on Tuesdays 10am - noon and Wednesdays 9.30am - 11.30am. The group can be contacted on 07549046034, by emailing info@perthbabybank.org or through a message to its Facebook page.


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