Baby Basics is a volunteer-led project aiming to support new mothers and families who are struggling to meet the financial and practical burden of looking after a new baby.
There is a growing network of Baby Basics centres across the UK each staffed by a committed team of volunteers.
Baby Basics Belfast started in January 2017 and is one of the new initiatives of the Centre of Mission run by Church Army and the Diocese of Connor. It is situated in the Connect Base, Shankill Road and is led by Jill Hamilton and Karen Webb.
Jill says “Baby Basics Belfast works alongside health professionals from local Sure Start and Health Centres who refer families in need. We are then able to support the families by providing them with essential equipment, clothing and toiletries.”
Baby Basics Belfast works in partnership with local churches and relies on donations from congregations. We ask participating parishes to support us for a month at a time by highlighting Baby Basics during the Sunday Service and asking the congregation to donate items that can be passed on to families in need. Participating churches can request someone to come along to their church service or church group to explain what Baby Basics is all about and will be provided with leaflets containing all the relevant information about what to donate.
Families receive a Moses basket or other container filled with essential items for mother and baby. We can also include items for dad and other siblings in the family if appropriate. The health professional who understands the needs of the family is an essential link in the chain to make sure families receive items that are useful to them.