We partner with generous hearts all over Oxfordshire to bring hope to families in need.
A clothes and equipment resource providing for children aged 0 to 10. (Referrals Mondays, Volunteer Wednesdays, Shop Thursdays)
What IS Small Steps?
Small Steps is our first community focused initiative receiving our first referrals in December 2020, from our new home at Templars Square Shopping Centre.
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.
Any questions, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
"I had a mother who had nothing other than a babygrow for her new daughter. Small Steps have provided everything she could need to be a new first time mum. She was completely overwhelmed by all the items. I completed the referral on Friday afternoon and the items had arrived by Monday. I cannot recommend this service enough"
Free Support - Mon
You can book a slot on Mondays if your family are impacted by health, financial or other significant need.
On your first visit, you can refer yourself, but you will need to give contact details of a trusted person who can verify your need. (eg school, nursery, social care or healthcare professionals, community or faith group leaders).
For return visits, you will need a referral completed on your behalf.
Charity shop - Thurs
On Thursdays, Small Steps is open as a charity shop for good quality, low cost children's clothing, which has been highlighted as a need within our community.
There are two ways to get involved.
1: Donate Clothes and Equipment
We will be accepting clothes donations again from the 31st March 2021.
Please book a time slot for drop off, and check the list below for donations we're currently accepting.
For the full list available, download the Small Steps PDF flyer below.
NB: 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, maternity pads, breast pads, cotton wool, nappies, wipes, lanolin, muslins, towels, baby shampoo/ soap.
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).
All Clothes: Currently, Age 3 TO 10 YEAR OLDS*
(We have lots of newborn to 3s clothes currently)
All forms of clothing ages 3-10, including school uniform, paired socks, coats, outdoor clothing, & 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)
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)
Toys and Games
We currently have a surplus of toys and do not have the storage to accept any more,
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.
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Thanks for Partnering with us
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
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)
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.