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…


Support us financially

Shop for our mums

Donate goods

Raise awareness


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
  • mentoring
  • weekly optional support and supervision
  • great references to get in to jobs

All we ask for in return is:

  • reliability
  • affability
  • 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 –  food, volunteering time, clothes, expertise, professional services – 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

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:

  • Furniture (no cots thank you).
  • Electrical items (anything that plugs in!)
  • Bedding
  • Men’s clothes
  • Toys
  • Ride-ons/bouncers/etc.
  • Baby baths
  • Moses baskets
  • Food
  • Formula

Please do bring:

  • Nappies (especially sizes 6 and 7)
  • Warm, as-new coats for mums or children
  • New gloves, scarves, hats
  • New toothpaste, soap, shower gels, toiletries
  • New socks
  • Buggies (especially Maclaran-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 in any way.

So if you have something that you just want to get out of the house think about putting them in a clothes recycling bin instead of giving them to us. It recently 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.

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.

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


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:

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.