2019 Round 1 Top 6 Finalist

Baby Give Back

Every baby deserves to have a safe start to life regardless of their family’s situation.

At Baby Give Back we dream of a better world, where every baby has a safe and equal start to life. We dream about changing the trajectory of poverty by starting from when babies are born.

Our Every Baby project works towards ensuring that every baby in our community has a safe place to sleep, a safe way to travel and has the essentials necessary to ensure they are cleaned and dressed with dignity because we believe EVERY baby deserves an equal start.

Baby Give Back is a Gold Coast based charity that buys new and collects, cleans and safety-checks donated baby essentials, which are then recycled and re-homed at no cost to disadvantaged families. We partner with social service agencies to ensure our items go directly to families in need. Our donations help vulnerable families feel a sense of belonging, connection, social inclusion and dignity.

To date, Baby Give Back has helped provide baby essentials to vulnerable and disadvantaged families across Queensland and Northern NSW facing a broad range of challenges such as family breakdown, poverty, domestic violence, trauma, unplanned pregnancy, multiple births and homelessness. We have also helped indigenous families and those who come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (including migrants, refugees and asylum seekers); those struggling with or affected by life-controlling addictions, and those affected by mental health issues, disabilities and chronic illness.

The Every Baby project will help support vulnerable babies and their families to thrive together, which has an overall impact on building a stronger, more cohesive community.

Sadly many families in our community are faced with difficulties out of their control and struggle to provide a basic standard of living for their children. The families we help are unable to provide the necessary daily essentials for their babies. The nature of why these families are unable to meet their children’s needs is a complex picture, but most often the main underpinning issue is financial strain and the struggle to make ends meet with the rising costs of living.

The Every Baby project will focus on early intervention by providing Safe Start packs to disadvantaged families in collaboration with maternity hospitals and social service agencies. These packs will include a cot, pram and car restraint, along with clothing, nappies, toiletries and other essentials items the family needs. Social workers and hospital midwives will refer and order our Safe Start packs on behalf of the families they deem as disadvantaged or in crisis. The Every Baby project will also involve delivery of the Safe Start packs to the referrer. 

A Sunsuper Dreams for a Better World grant would help us kick start the Every Baby Project with a budget to purchase new essentials items to supplement the preloved donations we receive and a transport budget for the Safe Start Packs. The grant will enable us to respond to urgent requests immediately and transport the items to referrers without delay. This project is scalable and with additional grants we can provide Safe Start packs to more hospitals and more families.

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