The Community Baby Boutique will support hundreds of families in Edinburgh acquire the items they need to take their baby home
"Just to say thank you all so much for the items you gave. Sarah* was over the moon by the generosity and the fire guard will mean she is able to use the fire guard over the winter months. When I popped in this morning Leo* was looking dashing in his new jumper and body warmer!" - Family Support Worker
Pregnancy Counselling & Care (Scotland) has been providing essential items and support to Edinburgh families in need for over 45 years. For the past two decades, we have worked out of our small offices on Leith Walk working hard to keep up with the growing demand for both our counselling and material aid service.
In March 2020, major roadworks will begin outside our office as the tram line in Edinburgh is extended which will make it impossible for us to continue to provide support from our current location until at least the end of 2020.
The Community Baby Boutique is our solution to the problems currently facing our service by changing to a model where families referred to us will receive a gift card which allows them to shop in our Baby Boutique selecting the items they want for their child.
Families will receive support from our trained Baby Gift Packers to selectt the items they need and want with each family leaving with everything they need to take their baby home. Families will continue to be able to refer themselves to the shop to gain support with all the essential items they need including cots, bedding, bottles, sterilizers, breast pumps, toys, baths, nappies and food bank vouchers in a way that is dignified and respects their choices as a parent.
What Do We Need Help With?
With the pressure of our current service soon not being able to function from our Leith office we have been working hard to make the Community Baby Boutique a reality. We are now asking for support to make the final stage of the transition possible by asking for contributions to ensure that we are able to continue providing essential services from a new, fit-for-purpose location.
- Fitting out the sorting room to ensure all items are thoroughly checked before they are provided to families
- Training volunteers in both safety checking and supporting families
- Travel expenses for volunteers changing location to ensure we can continue running the service
- Moving items from our current location to ensure all donations are put to best use
We are almost there in creating a sustainable model for continuing to support families in Edinburgh! The growing number of clients on our lists will continue to be able to have access to the essential items they need to make sure their children are health and happy.
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"I would like to take this opportunity to tell you how very important your service has been to a young family you offered so much support to several weeks ago." - Midwife
"It is difficult to express in words the look on ‘Dani*’s face when I gave her all the baby things you had supplied. She was completely overwhelmed by this generous act and cannot thank you enough. ‘Dani’ had a little boy who was very healthy and I can tell you ‘Dani’ was able to take her baby home from the hospital without any problems as she had all the necessary things to care for him adequately. Her housing issues resolved, she now thrives as a young mum and I know this situation may have had a very different outcome had your service not been so generous and able to meet this urgent request." - Social Worker
"Because of your support, my baby has all the things other parents are able to provide for their children" - former client
"I can rest easy knowing I will be able to take my baby home from the hospital." - former client
*All client names have been changed.