Hackney Family Centre - June 2022

The Hackney Family Centre is now officially OPEN and all ready to provide baby goods, clothing and shoes to under 5s who need a little extra support.

The team would love to meet you – especially if you’d like to donate items or volunteer. We particularly need beds, buggies, feeding and weaning equipment, slings, baths, and high chairs.

If you have a few hours a week, would like to meet new people and get involved in your local community, volunteer sessions are Monday to Wednesday: 9.30-12.30pm and 1-4pm.

If you’d like to find out more, visit www.littlevillagehq.org/volunteer-with-us/ or pop in to say hello:

Hackney Family Centre, Harrington Hill, London, E5 9HD

Sebby's Corner

Sal’s Shoes are setting off today to stock the shelves at our 4th ‘shop’ at Sebby’s Corner, thanks to support from Summer Wood Primary. Their pop-up shop is for recently arrived families from Ukraine to come along, peruse and choose the items they need without having to pay for anything they select. Time slots to visit the shop for anyone hosting Ukrainian guests via the Homes for Ukraine scheme can be booked via Sebby’s website: https://www.sebbyscorner.co.uk

In 2021 we opened 3 Sal’s Shoes ‘shops’ in partnership with Guinness Partnership.

These are situated in existing community spaces in Crewe at https://stpaulscentre.org.uk, in Hackney at https://n16boilerhouse.com and in Salford as part of a school uniform hub at https://emmaus.org.uk/salford/

Families, via a referral system, are able to visit our shops and enjoy the experience of shoe ‘shopping’ and choosing their own shoes without having to pay for their purchases.

Dignity is one of the most important things to the human spirit. One of the saddest things about poverty can be the loss of dignity. There is nothing more stifling to a person’s identity than having to wear clothes that are not ‘them’. Children are experts in their own lives and even they have a strong sense of what style of clothing suits their personality and personal preference. Decent clothes and shoes can add a sense of pride and dignity.

To a family in need, especially when their peers may not be, extreme poverty can be undignified. Methods for upholding dignity are usually small, seemingly inconsequential things, but they can mean the world.

Our Shoe Shops, filled with your preloved shoes have enabled children in need to retain their sense of dignity and enjoy the experience of shoe shopping. They are also encouraged to return their Sal’s Shoes to the store once outgrown if they remain not outworn.