“A gift to the community from the community.”

Use the links below for our online forms. 

What IS Small Steps?

Small Steps is our first community focused initiative launching in Autumn 2020 from our new home at Templars Square Shopping Centre.

The resource houses good quality new and second hand children’s clothes at low cost or for free dependent on personal circumstance. In addition there is equipment available to families that need it.

Any questions, please email us: 

small.steps@hopeoxford.org

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We share new or good quality second hand items for free or low cost, regardless of income, faith or background.

accessing Support

We stock donations of clothes and equipment for babies and children to help families who may struggle to afford these items, including giving ‘Baby Baskets’ to Oxford mums-to-be.

Small Steps is currently open on Mondays by appointment only. 

You can self-refer to book a visit, but you will need to have a named person who can confirm that the child/children in your care would benefit from accessing Small Steps.

The trusted person of your choice needs be in a formal role (i.e. not a friend or family member) such as a teacher or nursery worker, health care professional, social worker, a professional from a support organisation, or a recognised leader, if you are part of a faith community.

There is a need in the area for good quality, low cost children’s clothing, so on Thursday mornings from December, we plan to open as a low-price shop. 

Book a visit on Mondays using the link below, and you will be prompted for the contact details of that trusted person.  

What items do you Stock?

Our donations list is below.

Currently we are accepting all items from this list.

(Our volunteers can only receive donations on Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm)

* If second hand, please wash items before donating. We can only accept donations of clothing and bedding from smoke free homes.  

Items for Oxford Baby Baskets (For mums-to-be)*

New or lightly used: Moses baskets (no mattresses) & stands, sheets & blankets, vests, sleep suits, hats, maternity pads, breast pads, cotton wool, nappies, wipes, lanolin, muslins, towels, baby shampoo/ soap.

All Clothes: nEWBORN TO 10 YEAR OLDS*

All forms of clothing for 0-10 year old’s, including dressing up clothes, paired socks, coats, outdoor clothing, swim wear, tights, & new underwear. If you’re able to sort them by gender and size, and provide a note of this, that would be helpful.

Shoes: Baby to UK Size 3 (EU Size 36)

Paired & good condition (no stains/ heavy scuffing)

Toys and Games

Please use your judgement about the condition and the size of each item. All toys, playmats/baby gyms and games need to have a ‘CE’ mark to show they comply with safety requirements. (Please note: we do not take soft toys or baby walkers/jumperoos.)

Sleeping, bathing and changing*

Moses baskets, cots/ travel cots, bed guards, sheets, blankets, cot mobiles, baby sleeping bags, muslins, baby towels, changing bags, changing mats, potties, nappies, toilet seats, baby baths.
(Please note: we cannot accept mattresses)

Feeding

High chairs, sterilisers (for microwave), bottles, feeding pillows, weaning items e.g. bowls, spoons, bibs, cups and breast pumps (manual or without electrical plug, with all parts included & instruction manual if possible).

Travel, Pushchairs and Prams, stair gates

Slings, baby/toddler carriers, All pushchair/ pram items including footmuffs, raincovers, front packs. Please ensure these are clean and fully working. (Please note: we are not able to accept car seats)

HOW CAN I Get involved?

Volunteer - join the team

We need all sorts of help; sorting donations, fundraising, serving people who visit us, communications, book keeping, and much more.

We are currently holding Volunteer Wednesdays, and would love to expand the days we are able to open. So if you have spare time in the week on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, then please do get in touch. 

Donate money

If you’d like to give money to help us with the running and set up costs of Small Steps, we are accepting financial donations, and can claim gift aid if you are a UK tax payer. The direct link to support Small Steps is below. Thank you!

Find out more

If you prefer to view this information on a flyer, or if you want a .pdf copy to share, then use this link to download the flyer, or pick one up from our base in Templars Square. 

Charity bike ride

 On Hope Vineyard’s 3rd Birthday, 12th September 2020 a team of cyclists set out on a charity bike ride.

1 ride, 2 routes; one route of 111 miles, another of 56, both raising money for ‘Small Steps’.

The aim of Small Steps is to make a significant difference to a number of families currently facing hardship. This number is predicted to increase as the longer-term repercussions of the coronavirus outbreak take effect.

Read the full story in the Oxford Mail

Thanks for your support

Our pre-school group for babies and toddlers

(10:30-11:30am, on the1st Wednesday of the month)

‘Bags of fun’

Welcome to our community for pre-schoolers.

‘Bags of Fun’ started in October 2019, when we set up some toys in the middle of the shopping centre with free crafts and a song and story time for pre-school children and their parents/carers that were passing by.

Our motto was ‘have fun, make friends’, and that’s exactly what happened. With March 2020 came the new challenges of lockdown. However we have since re-emerged more determined than ever to create opportunities for children to interact with their parents/carers, and where safe, and rules allow, with each other. 

“It was so nice to meet other children and families again.”

Given the limitations of our venue capacity, we’ve changed how we can run, with a limit of 10 families. We are trialing a group that comes together for 4 sessions over 4 months. After this time, others can join in online, to make space for more children to benefit from gathering in person.

If you or a local family you know would value being a part of this group, then please sign up to our waiting list to express an interest. The next available group sessions will be from March 2021.

(It’s all free)

Signed up

Spaces

Every child is a Gift from God

Small Steps is an initiative of Hope Vineyard Oxford. We run lots of activities for children, young people and their families.

If you would like to find out more about the value we place on children, or discover more about Hope Vineyard, then we’d invite you to explore the website and get in touch.