Stork Support is our core service, giving free and low cost vital baby and household essentials to the most vulnerable families such as those fleeing DV, living in temporary accommodation, living on extremely low incomes and those with poor mental health. We make sure parents don’t have to choose between clothing and feeding their children and paying their bills, by giving them peace of mind and delivering baby essentials to their door.
We take referrals from professionals in the NHS and local authorities such as Midwives, Health Visitors, Outreach workers, Early Help teams, Social workers and other charity professionals. We deliver nappies, wipes, toiletries and baby food such as first stage infant formula direct to families through our network of volunteers. Every package is tailored to a family’s needs – and may also include toys, clothes or pieces of equipment when needed.
We started this project through lockdown in 2020 and have since unearthed a huge need – directly caused by the poor systems our families find themselves in through years of austerity.
Greater Manchester has some of the highest levels of child poverty in the UK, with 250,000 children living in poverty – that’s 1 in 3 children across the region. We are currently taking around 50 referrals a month, and have around 30 families a week coming to us at our hubs.
Our service helps ensure the current generation of parents can get back on their feet and provide for their children. We know that the first 1001 days of life are the most important – and we believe that every parent should have all the help they need to give their children the best possible start.
We give free long-term support to those who need it most. Once referred in, families can come to us for help at any time, with regular reviews of their circumstances taking place to ensure we are giving them the best possible support.
Our Stork Connections peer support group is to connect and support families together in local areas across Manchester and is a way to continue to help our Stork Support clients with baby essentials.