Baby Bank

A gift from one local family to another

Our baby bank supports families in Waltham Forest who need extra help. With the cost of raising a child increasing every year, we are lending a hand but we need your support to ensure every baby can thrive.

The Baby Bank provides essential items such as nappies, wipes, clothing, pushchairs and nursery items to families in crisis in Waltham Forest and beyond.

Working like a food bank, we collect and provide new and pre-loved items for newborns to five years olds. The families in need that we support come to us through referrals from social care, health professionals and other support agencies.

Our Baby Bank has over the years helped hundreds of families in Waltham Forest and beyond. As the cost of raising children rises each year, we want to give every child the best possible start in life.

Helping local families in need

The Borough of Waltham Forest is ranked in the poorest 10% boroughs nationally and is the 7th most deprived out of London’s 33 boroughs. We know that children living in poverty will struggle to reach their full potential. We need your support to help every baby in this borough thrive.

The Baby Bank was set up in 2014 by local parent Paula Vacarey.

“People were, and still are, struggling to cope financially. I thought pre-loved baby items could really help families in need.”

How you can help

Donate money

We don’t receive any funding for Baby Bank and rely solely on donations from the local community to support our work. We are always in need of money to buy new items.

Get involved

Are you able to put an extra item into your shopping basket to support local families in need? There is on-going demand for essential baby supplies in our area – including nappies, wipes, food, books, toys, pushchairs and furniture.

If you would like to donate, please drop off new or unmarked, second-hand supplies please contact us for a drop off point or call 020 8527 1737.


Join our friendly team and make a real difference. Help us sort donations and bundle parcels for families, please get in touch


You can refer a family who needs help, you can contact us at


Make a donation of money

You can make a one-off donation online from here. You can also donate in person at any of our Centres.

How your money can help

£5 could buy 44 nappies for a newborn baby

£10 could buy a mattress for a cot

£15 could buy a starter pack of baby wipes, nappies, food and clothes for a family in need

£20 could buy a stairgate to provide safety for the whole family

£25 could buy a Moses basket helping a baby sleep safely at night

£50 could buy a high chair for safe and comfortable dining

£75 could buy a cot for a baby ensuring a good night’s sleep