Little Village Southwark

by Little Village Southwark in London, Greater London, England

We did it
On 23rd March 2018 we successfully raised £6,703 with 192 supporters in 33 days

Help us launch Little Village Southwark so we can start supporting vulnerable families.

by Little Village Southwark in London, Greater London, England

New stretch target

20/3/2018: We've now raised £6,000 and doubled our original target! We're overfunding and still accepting pledges up to our closing date on Friday 23 March.

Huge thanks to everyone who has supported us so far! We've been blown away.


Thanks to the amazing support we received in the very first week of our project, we achieved our original funding target and then we hit our stretch target . . . three times! So we've now set ourselves a final stretch target of £6,000 and we have brought our closing date forwards. We have explained below what we will spend this extra funding on.

This additional funding will enable us to save crucial and expensive items - moses baskets, cots and cot beds - from landfill and give these out in great shape to the families who'll be visiting us in Southwark. Cots often arrive at Little Village with a few screws and other parts missing and, crucially, we have to buy new mattresses for each and every moses basket, cot and cot bed that we give out as there is a link between second hand mattresses and cot death.

  • 47% of families that have visited Little Village since April 2016 don't have a safe place for their babies to sleep. 
  • We hear all too often about babies sleeping on towels and sofa cushions, toddlers in broken cots, and siblings and parents sharing dirty or broken mattresses. Together, this is a problem that we can help do something about. 
  • The funds we raise through our stretch target will enable us to put together a really good supply of new mattresses ready to give out with every single moses basket, cot and cot bed, ensuring that more vulnerable babies and kids in our community have somewhere safe and secure to sleep.
  • What does it cost? Based on what Little Village's existing sites spent last year, we need about £25 per cot to revive these items and give them out safe and serviced to the families who need them. This includes the cost of a new mattress for every single one and replacing any missing or broken parts.

The more funding we raise, the more families we can reach in our first year. We can pay the printing costs for referral vouchers and leaflets, and we can pay for equipment that will help us run our drop-in sessions, like walkie-talkies (so the team in the stock room in the hall and can talk to the team supporting families in the Ivy House!), an ironing board and iron, a tea urn and a trolley to transport kit from the stockroom. We can use additional funds to contribute towards our running costs.

We've been taken aback by the wonderful support we have received so far: our community has such a big heart. Let's keep going and and do everything we can for the remainder of this campaign to make life that bit easier for families raising their children in the toughest of circumstances. Please pledge your support and help Little Village Southwark get off to a flying start!  

Thank you. 

Tessa, Hannah and Marie.

We're a team of volunteers and parents based in SE15 and SE22 who want to bring Little Village to our own borough of Southwark, where there are over 8,000 children under 5 living in poverty - more than 1 in 3 in the borough. In some parts of the borough, more than 40% of children live in poverty. We can help do something about this.

As parents ourselves, we know it can be tough and isolating, but it's unimaginably so for a parent who's really struggling to provide for their kids, so we want to make it as easy as possible for families to help each other. We've seen the amazing work done by Little Village at their existing sites in Wandsworth and Camden and now we want to bring all that practical help and support to our own neighbourhood in Southwark.

What's Little Village?

Little Village is like a foodbank but for clothes, toys and kit for babies and kids up to the age of 5. We collect great quality donations from local families and get these out to the families who really need them through friendly weekly drop-in sessions.  

How does it work?

  • The donations of clothes and equipment from local families will provide a lifeline for families who are struggling to provide for their kids, but our drop-in sessions are also friendly, social occasions and a chance for us to signpost families in the direction of further sources of support. 
  • We want to create a small, warm community of families helping each other and putting kindness into action, so it it's really important that our donations feel like gifts from one family to another and not hand-outs. We only accept high quality donations, and we always try to include a treat for the parents in our bundles, be it some nice chocolate or some bubble bath.
  • Our weekly drop-in sessions will be held in the Ivy House, London's first co-operatively owned pub, located in SE15. The Ivy House will offer a welcoming and social space for families to visit to collect the kit they need. The Ivy House has a beautiful 1930s interior and is the perfect venue for us to welcome families into.
  • We've secured a hall immediately behind the pub to use as a large stock room for our donations of clothes and equipment, including bulkier items like cots and buggies. We'll also use this space for local families to drop off donations to us and as a volunteer depot.
  • All the families Little Village supports are referred via a network of referral partners including health visitors, midwives, children's centres and food banks. We'll be working with these referral partners to ensure that we reach the families who need our support most.

What people say about Little Village

"I really appreciate the help and support you have given me. Thank you for treating me with dignity."

"You've helped me to give our children the start in life they deserve."

Why are we raising funds?

We really need your help to get our storage spaces ready for us to start receiving and sorting donations from local families, so we can begin getting items out to the families who need them most. We need funds to plaster and decorate the hall, put down new flooring and carry out some repairs to the building. 

We need your help to make this happen, so please donate. You can also help us by sharing details of our crowdfunder far and wide and shouting about Little Village from the rooftops. 

We're grateful for all donations, no matter how small, but thanks to the support of so many local businesses we also have some brilliant rewards up for grabs on a first come, first served basis, from fish and chips to fizz via dance classes, folk music and coffee! Scroll down for a full list of the businesses who have supported Little Village Southwark.

Little Village HQ will match fund the first 5 pledges of £100.

Where possible we'll email prizes, otherwise we will arrange collection sessions from SE15.

What will Little Village bring to our community?

  • The child poverty rate in Southwark is 37%, with some parts at over 40%. Many of the families Little Village has seen to date don't have a safe place for their children to sleep and struggle to provide basic essentials like clothes, toys and books for their kids. We want to help do something about that.
  • At the same time, there's an estimated 183 million items of outgrown baby clothing stashed away in UK homes. Many parents throw items out as they're not sure what else to do with them. Little Village Southwark will offer an easy, social and sustainable way for families to put outgrown clothes and kit to good use.
  • As our name suggests, Little Village is about families supporting each other. We promote social interaction and reduce isolation and loneliness; in doing so we want to help build a more integrated community and make our neighbourhood an even better place to live.
  • We  empower the families we support and give them a voice in our organisation and opportunities to get involved, if they'd like to. 
  • There'll be plenty of chances to get involved, including as a volunteer. Volunteering is fun, social and empowering, a chance to meet new people, put your existing skills and expertise into action for our community and learn new skills. We'll all benefit from having a new and exciting project in the neighbourhood!

Please donate and support us. Thanks very much.

Drawing in posca pen (55 x 72cm) called The Second Party of the Day. Get in there early and pledge £100 to grab it!

It takes a village! Many thanks to the following for supporting our launch:

3rd Rail Print Space

A.G. Flowers                                                                                       

Albert & Moo

Ayres Bakery                                                                                                                          


Brockley Brewery

Cafe Nero

The Crooked Well


East Dulwich Picturehouse

ESPH East Dulwich


Four Hundred Rabbits

The Garden of Edun by the Flygerians

Gill Day

The Goose is Out!

The Habit

Hannah Alton

Hardings, Cheltenham Road

The Ivy House

Just Dance UK

Nimble Tots

The Nunhead Gardener


The Old Nun's Head

Old Spike Roastery

Oliver Bonas


Picky Wops

Portrayed Photography

Rat Race Cycles

Rose Wellesley

Ruth Myers

Rye Books

Sailors, Cheltenham Road

SE22 Piano School

Sing and Sign

Space 61

The Space Retreat



Sweet Carolina

HB Therapy

The Washboard



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

6 of 50 claimed

High five and Little Village button badge

Thank you! Come and see us for a high five and to collect your Little Village button badge.

£10 or more

6 of 6 claimed

Knitted cactus

Cute knitted cactus from Albert & Moo.

£10 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Coffee on the house

Cafe Nero VIP coffee voucher.

£15 or more

10 of 10 claimed

A drink at the Ivy House

Pledge £15 and have a drink on the house. We have 10 x £5 drinks vouchers for the Ivy House. Enjoy a glass of house wine or a pint of Trumans of Brockley on the Ivy House, or put the voucher towards something pricier.

£20 or more

2 of 5 claimed

Coffee for 2 at Babette in Nunhead

Treat yourself and a friend to coffee at Babette in Nunhead.

£20 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Bottle of red!

A bottle of red wine kindly donated by Hardings on Cheltenham Road, SE15

£20 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Fish and chips on us

Thanks to the lovely people at Sailors on Cheltenham Road SE15, we have 3 lots of fish and chips to give away to the first 3 people who pledge £20 and choose this reward.

£20 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Vegan pizza from Picky Wops

We have 10 x 7inch pizzas from the lovely vegan pizza makers Picky Wops.

£25 or more

1 of 2 claimed

A bottle of fizz

We have two bottles of prosecco donated to us by Daisy Lets and the Southwark branch of the Women's Equality Party. Pledge £25 to Little Village and grab one!

£25 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£10 gift voucher - Four Hundred Rabbits

Treat yourself to some delicious pizza at Four Hundred Rabbits in Nunhead.

£25 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Signed copy of children's book by Rosie Wellesley

Rosie is a London based author and illustrator (and GP and Mum!) and has donated some signed copies of her beautiful books.

£30 or more

2 of 3 claimed

A pair of tickets for the Goose is Out!

The Goose is Out put on fantastic folk concerts at the Ivy House in SE15. Be one of the first to pledge £30 and receive a pair of tickets to see a Goose concert of your choice!

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Bottle of champagne

Treat yourself to a bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte champagne!

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 gift voucher to spend in the Washboard

Get £20 off your dry cleaning thanks to the Washboard on Cheltenham Road SE15.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

HB Therapy - gift voucher & products

A £20 gift voucher, plus products worth £25 from HBTherapy, a holistic beauty salon in East Dulwich.

£45 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Woolen blanket and scented candle

100% soy wax scented Clement & Claude candle and a beautiful woolen knee blanket, complete with Firefly cotton tote bag. Gifted to us by Firefly in East Dulwich.

£45 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£30 gift voucher - AG Flowers

Treat yourself to some gorgeous Spring flowers thanks to the lovely people at AG Flowers in Nunhead.

£45 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Piano lesson @ SE22 Piano School

30 minute piano lesson kindly donated by Lorraine at SE22 Piano School.

£45 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Harpsichord lesson @ SE22 Piano School

30 minute harpsichord lesson kindly donated by Lorraine at SE22 Piano School.

£45 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Oddono's gift voucher

£25 gift voucher donated by Oddono's on Lordship Lane to treat yourself to some of their delicious ice cream.

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Cut and blow dry @ DKUK

A hair cut and blow dry at DKUK on Rye Lane, SE15.

£70 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Dinner for 2 at Surma

Enjoy dinner for two at Surma Curry House on Lordship Lane, SE22. Includes starter, main course and a bottle of wine!

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Escape session @ The Space Retreat

A gift voucher for an escape session, including professional childcare for 1 child! Take some time out to relax, read, nap, breathe, discover and think at The Space Retreat.

£85 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Screen printing workshop @ 3rd Rail Print Space

A place on a 1 day screen printing workshop with 3rd Rail Print Space in SE15.

£90 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A term of Sing and Sign

One term of Sing and Sign in East Dulwich, suitable for babies aged approximately 6 - 18 months. Spring term starts in April.

£100 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Photography session and prints

50% off a photography session with Portrayed Photography (maternity, newborn and family photography), plus 8x10 matted fine art image of your choice.

£100 or more

1 of 2 claimed

A bike service at Rat Race Cycles

Grab a general bike service worth £90 at Rat Race Cycles in Nunhead.

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Nimble Tots group session

Club together with some friends and enjoy 30 minutes of music, puppets and stories for up to 6 babies in the comfort of your own home on a date to be arranged between you and Nimble Tots.

£100 or more

0 of 1 claimed

An original drawing by Gill Day

We have one original drawing by local artist Gill Day up for grabs. The drawing in 55 x 72cm and is in posca pen. See the photo on our crowdfunder site!

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