Supporting families through the Covid-19 crisis
Visit from the Stork CIC has been responding to the Coronavirus crisis with our Stork Support project – delivering baby essentials such as nappies, wipes, infant toiletries and medicines to families in hardship across Greater Manchester.
The Coronavirus crisis has affected every single family in the region and we know there are hundreds, if not thousands, who have been struggling to access the basics because of job losses, benefit claim delays, the need to self-isolate or shield, having no recourse to public funds. The emergency response around providing food from food banks and other organisations was almost immediate, but families with the youngest babies are not able to be catered for through traditional food bank routes, so we decided to fill that gap.
In the first 8 months, we had an extraordinary response to our campaign. In phase 1 of our project which started on March 30th, we recruited 24 volunteers to help with doorstep deliveries, and delivered 845 packages across Manchester & Salford. We were lucky enough to have the support of NHS Salford CCG, Forever Manchester and We Love MCR as our funders, as well as receiving small pots of donations from our friends at Flourish Together, Rotary in Worsley, The Launch Project and The Dispensary.
We have now published an impact and social value report about phase 1 of our project. Read it here.
In phase 2 of our project (July 2020- Feb 2021) we were supported by the National Lottery Community Fund & Coalfields Regeneration Trust. We delivered over 1000 parcels to families in need, as well as supported families with accommodation, furniture, toys, clothes and food. We opened our hub in Little Hulton, working in partnership with Little Hulton Big Local to support local familes. We also won 2 awards for our work, thanks to the dedication of our amazing staff and volunteers.
As we start our second year of the service, we are aware the effects of coronavirus are here to stay for some time yet. We will remain supporting families over the next 12 months, adapting and growing our services as needed.
We are always looking for more people to get involved as volunteer drivers in both Salford and Manchester even for just one shift a week. Register below and we’ll be in touch.
Visit from the Stork CIC supports new parents and parents-to-be across Greater Manchester. Our vision is for all parents to be equipped with the resources they need to achieve a better quality of life for themselves and their family.
Having started out in 2013 as the UK’s only publication for parents & parents-to-be under 25, we have grown to be an organisation that works with parents of all ages, adapting our services according to the needs of local families.
We are proud to be based in the City of Salford, Greater Manchester; one of the fastest growing cities in the North West in terms of population size and regeneration. This however, brings challenges for families and support services as budgets are also squeezed for things once considered statutory.
The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted this even further, as the families living in poverty or just above the breadline become the hardest hit from lockdown and the loss of jobs and services.
Our Guiding principles
We believe parents should feel informed and supported about the choices they are making for their families; from the first pregnancy scan to the first day of school and beyond. We provide a support network across all of our projects for new and experienced parents alike, with the aim of connecting families together over shared experiences, and ensuring that every parent has the confidence to ask for help when they need it.
All parents should have the chance to have a happy, healthy and positive parenting experience. This includes having enough money for everything they need; having time to spend with their children, having opportunities to develop themselves as a person outside of being mum or dad. Our projects aim to ensure families can work towards these goals; helping them through hard times and giving opportunities for training, volunteering and employment.
Every family has the right to be a happy family, with children being healthy and cared for. We aim to educate, inform and support parents about current topics in ways that are accessible, interactive and relevant. We want to help parents feel proud and confident in their parenting abilities, no matter what the issue is that they are facing.
We have lots of projects going on in Greater Manchester all of which aim to create a support network for parents, connecting families together and helping them through both hard times and celebrating the good. We are there with them every step of the journey.
Yep, we love BOOBS! Be Open on Breastfeeding Salford is an open community and group encouraging mums to be open about their breastfeeding experiences (the good, the bad, the ugly!) and inspire others to breastfeed for longer. We work with local businesses on our BOOBS Approved scheme, provide Peer support across the city and online, and hold regular events. Our aim is to ensure every mum can have a safe & happy breastfeeding journey.
Click on our BOOBS logo to find out more. You can see some pictures of our events below.
Our Stork Store sells new and pre-loved Toys, books, games, children's clothes and parenting equipment through our new website and Facebook Group! You can click and collect from our office in Salford or postage is available on most items. All funds raised through our store are put towards supporting more families with their baby essentials, as well as emergency utility top ups and other items such as clothes.
Visit the Stork Store link on the top menu!
That Toy Thing
That Toy Thing is a brand new, sustainable and affordable toy subscription service. We aim to help families play more sustainably, whilst saving money and reducing plastic waste and clutter. We want to create a new future where throwing away toys is a thing of the past. We will collect donations of good-quality pre-loved toys and hire them out in subscription packages. For just £5 a month, parents will be able to borrow up to £20 worth of toys, £10 a month for £50 of toys, and £15 a month for £90 worth of toys. COMING SOON - FOLLOW @thattoything on social media to find out more.
BOOBS in Bury
We brought BOOBS to Bury with the help of The National Lottery Fund in May 2020 and are continuing in 2021. Just like in Salford, we work with local businesses to create safe spaces for parents to feed in the local area, plus we have teamed up with Breastfeeding Together to train up volunteers as Peer supporters. We are now offering online peer support appointments through our webchat service, as well as phone calls, video appointments and face-to-face out in our BOOBS Approved venues. We also run a BOOBS Cafe event in Bury every other month. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to know more.
Mothers Together started in January 2021 as a peer support group for mothers in Salford with lived experience of the immigration system. Partnering with Doosti Salford, the mums have enjoyed both online and face to face group sessions doing arts and crafts, cooking, pram walks, baby massage and more. Thank you to NHS Salford CCG for the funds to run this project, and watch this space for more info on the next phase!
Our Stork Connections peer support group is to connect and support families together in local areas across Manchester and is a way to continue to help our Stork Support clients with baby essentials. Our first group in Longsight is funded by One Manchester and has seen 16 mums with children under 5 come together to support each other around different issues and for the children to play each week. Our next group starts in September in Gorton and will be open for referrals very soon - watch this space!
We've had lots of fun in the last 6 years working out and about in the Salford community with our projects for parents, here's some of the pictures from 2015-2020!
What our clients say
For our real-life story series for Baby Loss Awareness Week 2021, Catherine Hickey shares her story of a devastating ectopic pregnancy and then the joy of her rainbow baby just a year later. “Having children has felt like a miracle for my Husband, Paul and me. I had suffered from endometriosis and adenomyosis for many […]
For Baby Loss Awareness Week 2021, we hear Catherine’s story of loss and then healing with her rainbow baby. Remember Remember the 5th of November goes the rhyme. Well as everyone was celebrating Guy Fawkes with fireworks and toffee apples I was lying in a hospital bed listening to them after having medical management.That was […]
Can you help us take our team to the next level? Thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund, we are recruiting for a member of the team to join us for a 2 year fixed contract. Location: Salford Job type: Fixed term, Part-time Salary: Full time equivalent (37.5 hrs): £23,010 per annum (prorata’d to: 20 […]
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