We're a small team who want to make sure that good quality baby clothes and equipment, which are no longer needed by one family can easily be passed on to another. Across the last six months of 2021, we supported 96 referrals alone, totalling 140 bundles of clothes for children, with many families re-using the service for the next size up. We call ourselves a library because we're a service which people can return to again and again as their babies grow and need larger clothing.
The Small Project was started by Linda, who, with a group of local mums, began collecting and distributing donations from a bedroom cupboard in 2015. This was quickly outgrown, and moved in to the Oasis Playspace in 2018. In 2021, we became part of Oasis Hub Waterloo.
We are based at Oasis Playspace, next door to the Imperial War Museum in Southwark. We are largely volunteer run, and rely on the support from local community members to donate time, money and items to the service.
What is the Small Project?
The Small Project is a baby & children's clothes library in Lambeth North, South London. We encourage the reuse, recycling and redistribution of children's clothing. Our priorities are to support those facing financial barriers, as well as recycling pre-loved clothes and encouraging a sharing economy for our local families.
What do we offer?
We offer free bundles of clothes, baby essentials and other children’s items (age 0-11yrs) to families who need them. Families can either be referred by any professional working with them, or can reach out to seek support directly. We also try to signpost and offer any additional support through the range of services through Oasis Hub Waterloo, and other local groups.
Our Thursday morning sessions are also an opportunity for everyone to have a cup of tea, chat and share useful information, and for the children to play in our Playspace. Currently, we have certain Covid-19 restrictions in place to ensure our sessions are as safe as possible. Service users are booked in for certain sessions, and we have procedures in place for volunteers and service users in line with current Government guidance.