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…


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 struggling. Even the smallest amount of money can make a difference to our familes.

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

The Difference your donation can make

Donate goods

Share your skills

  • 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.

Help 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.

Find us on social media

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.

How else can you get involved?