Leeds Baby Bank turns 4!


Leeds Baby Bank started out in 2017 initially to help multiple families, but expanded beyond the expectations of the founders and is now an essential part of how the city tackles child poverty as the inequality grows and it gets more and more referrals asking for help, with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic having further impact.

Around 25 bundles are sent out to families each week from the baby bank’s busy city centre unit, provided free of cost by the St John’s Centre. The place is a hub of activity accepting pre-loved donations, checking each item to make sure it is clean and of good quality, then sorting referral packages for families in need that are growing in numbers each week.

In 2020, Leeds Baby Bank supported more than 1100 families, which means that up to 4000 people benefitted from its work.