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Early Essentials

We are a non-profit group founded in 2015 by two Manchester mums, 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 hamper filled with nappies, clothes, blankets, 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 Cafe
Venue address
40 Merseybank Ave
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.

When is it On?

Date & Time Information
Early Essentials operates Tuesdays &Thursdays 10.30am - 12.30pm
Time of day

Other Details

Associated Cost
Referral required?
Referral and availability notes

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

Who to Contact

Sarah Newton-Smith
Early Essentials Co-Founder
0772 064 7226
Facebook - Early Essentials Manchester
Twitter - eemanchester
Instagram - earlyessentials
Additional Notes

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

Last Updated: 27/03/2019