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. Baby Basics started in Sheffield in the spring of 2009, this centre continues to support families across Sheffield working with a wide range of frontline health and social care professionals. There is now a growing network of Baby Basics centres across the UK each staffed by a committed team of volunteers. And so in 2019 we established a partnership with Baby Basics UK, and now provide this ministry through the Northern Health & Social Care Trust into the Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough.
Baby Basics provides much needed essentials and equipment to mothers and families who are unable to provide these items for themselves; including but not limited to teenage mums, people seeking asylum and women fleeing domestic abuse and trafficking.
Working with midwives, health visitors and other professional groups to provide support directly where it is most needed, Baby Basics volunteers lovingly collect, sort and package a ‘Moses Basket’ of clothing, toiletries and essential baby equipment as an attractive gift to new mothers. God is at the centre of Baby Basics as we are inspired and motivated by His heart for everyone. Every day we continue – and every item we send out, is thanks to His kindness, grace and provision.
Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’MATTHEW 25:37-40
The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
All requests are organised through a referral system agreed with the Health Trust. If you know of someone who would benefit from this ministry, get in touch with your local Midwife or Health Visitor.