Supporting families through Covid-19 & beyond
What a 2 years it has been! Since the pandemic hit, 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 affected every family in the region through job losses, benefit delays, food restrictions and more. Our project filled the gap of food and essentials support tailored to young babies and families that traditional food banks couldn’t provide.
Two years on, our focus is helping parents get back on their feet and out and about in their communities – we now host 3 peer support groups through our Stork Connections and Mothers Together projects and run monthly social events through BOOBS & BOOBS in Bury. We’ve also launched our That Toy Thing project, with funded toy hire subscriptions for up to 100 families and paid subscriptions starting soon. Our Stork Store shop now sells both new and pre-loved toys, books and games for 0-8 years.
But, with living costs on the rise, we are very conscious that demand for our Stork Support service may reach 2020 highs once again as families are pushed into crisis. We are here to help and do all we can – in 2021 we helped hundreds of families with baby essentials, as well as food support, benefit applications, furniture and children’s clothes.
We couldn’t do any of our work without continued support and donations of items and money to help our families. You can donate via Paypal or Square. We are working on an Amazon wishlist – if you want to donate items, please message us!
Our projects are award-winning, thanks to our amazing team of dedicated staff and volunteers – if you fancy joining, we are always looking for volunteers to help with any of our projects and make a real difference to families in Greater Manchester. Scroll down to see more information about all of our projects currently ongoing.
In November 2020, we published an impact and social value report about phase 1 of our project. Read it here.
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. In 2021, we supported 235 mums on their breastfeeding journey!
Click on our BOOBS logo for links to our socials, website & latest events. 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 is a new toy sharing service, aiming to help families in Greater Manchester & the UK to play more sustainably, save money and reduce plastic waste and clutter. We are delighted to have been funded by The National Lottery Community Fund to support 100 families over the next 2 years with a 6 month toy swap subscription. We collect and re-use good quality pre-loved toys and hire them out in subscription packages, delivered to your door from just £5 a month. Check out our website to see if your families fit our funded programme or sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear about our full launch. Follow @thattoything on socials to find out more. Click on our logo for our website.
BOOBS in Bury
We brought BOOBS to Bury with the help of The National Lottery Fund in May 2020 and are now in our second year of the project. 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 and antenatal classes for pregnant women 30+ weeks pregnant. 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. We partnered with Doosti Salford and the mums enjoyed online and face to face group sessions doing arts and crafts, cooking, pram walks and more. Thanks to the National Lottery, in March 2022 we have started phase 2 of our project, at Emmanuel Church in Salford, supporting 10 more women and their babies. We have also partnered with The Motherland store to provide cultural food for group members. Watch out for updates!
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 was 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. We now also have Gorton group running on a Friday morning at St James Children's Centre. We are planning our next group to be in North Manchester.
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!
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