Global’s Make Some Noise is supporting charities like Little Village which provides essential clothes, toys and equipment for babies and children (up to the age of 5). The families it helps are experiencing homelessness, unemployment, low wages and domestic violence.
Children living in poverty are significantly impacted by the Coronavirus. Research by Little Village on the impact of coronavirus on children living in poverty with professionals who refer families to the charity, found70% of respondents agree children will go without essentials e.g. nappies, 64% agree children will go hungry, and 81% agree children will be at greater risk of neglect.
Since the lockdown in March, Little Village has seen a 66% rise in demand for their services and have supported nearly 1,300 families. They are operating an emergency delivery service to those families most in need such as mums who are about to give birth, providing essential items such as nappies, cots, clothes bundles and hygiene products. They are also making it easier for local families to support one another during these difficult times.
Meet Leila* who is currently living with her one-year-old son in temporary accommodation in South London.
“Before coronavirus I was self-employed – now I’m back to square one. Little Village has been a lifeline. The baby bundle will keep us going with clothes, toys and books for my son and it’s been a breath of fresh air.”
*Names have been changed to protect individuals