Get Involved

If, like us, you are struck by the plight of families in temporary accommodation, please don’t feel hopeless. There is plenty you can do to help. Here are some ideas…

Volunteer

Support us financially

Shop for our mums

Donate goods

Raise awareness

Volunteer

We are a volunteer-run organisation. We rely on the kindness, dedication and professionalism of our body of volunteers to get things done.

In return we can offer:

  • training,
  • free DBS,
  • mentoring,
  • weekly optional support and supervision,
  • great references to get in to jobs.

All we ask for in return is:

  • reliability,
  • affability, and
  • an affinity with our wish to make sure all women and children who come to us are treated with friendship, understanding and respect.

Our volunteers are managed by a highly accomplished volunteer manager with a decade of experience working for a national charity.

View our volunteer roles.  

If you don’t see one that you like, simply get in touch and tell us what you would like to do for us.

Support us financially

Despite everything that we are getting for free – a building to operate from – food, and more than 500 hours of volunteering time – unfortunately, we still need money to do some things.Every little helps so please do consider supporting a Newham family who might be 1struggling.

See more ideas on how you can help raise money for Newham mums in need.We ru

Donate goods

 

 

We have been so lucky with donations from Newham and East London mums – at present we CANNOT TAKE the following:

Please do not donate:

baby clothes,

  • children’s indoor clothes
  • Furniture
  • Moses baskets
  • Items that need mending
  • large walkers, ride ons, or sit ins.

 

Please do bring:

  • Warm as-new coats for mums or children.
  • As-new gloves, scarves, hats.
  • As-new socks
  • Buggies (especially Mclaran style or double buggies).

 

Please be considerate

We believe that because some of our mums and minis have nothing at all, they deserve the very best of what we can give them. This is sometimes at odds with the view that they should be “grateful for what they get”. We don’t subscribe to that view at all in any way.

So we would rather you don’t think of this as “Charity”. Imagine these mums as your best-friend or these children as your god-children, or nieces or nephews. They deserve the very best, the most consideration and so much care.

So if you have something that you just want to get out of the house – bags and bags of gray, out of shape, hole-ridden baby grows for example – think about putting them in a clothes recycling bin instead of giving them to us. It took us 3 days of volunteering, and 40 bin bags to get rid of donations that were not of a standard that we felt we could pass on.

So please do pre-sort your donations and only give our mums and minis the standard they deserve.

 

DONATION DROP OFF:

Forest Lane Lodge,

Forest Lane Park,

Magpie Close,

E7 0DF.

Please don’t drop off at Kay Rowe Nursery any more.

For more information please email:

themagpieprojectE7@gmail.com

 

Donate time

  • Services: magic shows, face-painting, makeup makeovers, hairdressing services. Anything that you think mums and children might enjoy, might need, or that might make them feel a bit better.
  • Expertise: Web-design, logo design, fundraising expertise, charity sector knowledge, and good ideas.

Raise awareness

The more keyboard campaigners we have on our side the better. And you don’t even need to leave the sofa! So get tweeting, sharing, liking and linking.

If you do find yourself leaving the sofa occasionally you could talk to people face to face about the problem of families in temporary accommodation and tell them about the Magpie Project. Let us know if you need information to share and we can send you a briefing. The more people who know there is a problem, the more likely we all are to find solutions.