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Early Essentials Manchester

We are a charity (CIO) with branches in Chorlton, Salford and Stockport helping very vulnerable pregnant women who are typically either homeless, fleeing domestic abuse, refugee/seeking asylum or in serious financial crisis by providing them with a moses basket starter pack containing everything a new mum and baby would need, including nappies, clothes, blankets, breast pads, maternity pads, toiletries for mum and baby, hygiene products, treats and gifts, whilst providing a safe place for their baby to sleep.

We work closely with health & social care professionals and charities to identify women in need of our help to provide hope and practical help to the many vulnerable new mums in Greater Manchester in their first few weeks after their baby is born.

Where to Go

Name of venue
The Den
Venue address
40 Merseybank Ave
Chorlton-cum-Hardy
Manchester
Postcode
M21 7NN
Additional Notes

The Den community cafe where we are based is run by volunteers and therefore opening hours to public are subject to change.

We are operating as normal throughout the Covid-19 pandemic

When is it On?

Date & Time Information
Early Essentials operates on Tuesdays &Thursdays 10.30am - 12.30pm
Time of day
Morning
Session Information
10.30am - 12.30pm
Open for collection of starter packs on Tuesdays and Thursdays only

Other Details

Associated Cost
No
Referral required?
Yes
Referral and availability notes

 

All referrals to our service must be made by emailing info@earlyessentials.org.uk  email first to ask for our referral document

Referrals must be made by the health/social care worker or charity responsible for the care of the pregnant woman. Referrals can only be taken from 32+ weeks gestation. The person making the referral must be able to collect the hamper from our base in Chorlton or we can offer an alternative collection point in Salford M6.

The women you refer must fall into one of the following categories and be at least 32+ weeks pregnant -

  • Homeless
  • Refugee
  • Fleeing domestic abuse
  • In serious financial crisis/no recourse to public funds

You will need to tell us which category she falls into as part of your referral

In order for us to be able to sustain this service long term, we ask that you only refer for the most desperate women as we are a very small voluntary project, run only by two busy mums, with very limited resources so we need to ensure that they are going out to the women that need them most.

When you refer we need to know a line or two about her circumstances for our
monitoring purposes (doesn't need to include names, just a general idea) we will be unable to process your referral without this information

Also please let us know if you need a boy, girl or neutral hamper. They are
usually packed into Moses baskets so also let us know if you'd prefer to have it
packed into a baby bath (if we have one in stock)

It will then need to be collected from one of our collection points in either Chorlton or Salford (you need to tell us which) by yourself or a colleague within 7 days of us informing you that it is ready (if not collected within 7 days it will be reallocated to someone else)

We are not able to offer a delivery service

Notes

We are still operating as normal throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

All referrals to our service must be made by emailing info@earlyessentials.org.uk  email first to ask for our referral document

Who to Contact

Name
Sarah Newton-Smith
Position
Early Essentials Co-Founder
Telephone
All referrals to our service must be made by emailing info@earlyessentials.org.uk *email first to ask for our referral document
Facebook - Early Essentials Manchester
Twitter - eemanchester
Instagram - earlyessentials
07720647226
Email
info@earlyessentials.org.uk
Website
http://www.earlyessentials.co.uk
Additional Notes

The Den community cafe where we are based is run by volunteers and therefore opening hours to public are subject to change.

We are operating as normal throughout the Covid-19 pandemic

Last Updated: 08/06/2020