A clothes and Equipment bank providing for children aged 0 to 10.
We partner with generous hearts all over Oxfordshire to bring hope to families in need.
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In the current lockdown, we are unable to use our charity shop to fund any referral work.
However, we are committed to continuing to help families in need during this time as the needs remain, and have the potential to increase.
Please consider donating towards our work to sustain this valuable initiative through this uncertain time. We are also recruiting volunteers, so please get in touch by clicking on the image below or email email@example.com to get in touch with any questions and find out more.
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.
It provides good-quality new and second hand children’s clothes. These can be bought in the charity shop on Thursdays, and are available for free by referral appointment on Mondays. In addition there is equipment available to families that need it.
Any questions, please email us:
Thanks for your support
We share new or good quality second hand items for free or low cost, regardless of income, faith or background.
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.
You can book a slot on Mondays if your family are impacted by health, financial or other significant need.
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?
Due to the current national lockdown since 4th Jan 2020, we have suspended accepting donations for the time being.
(For your information, our donations list is below.)
(When accepting donations, we 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.
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: 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)
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,
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.
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
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.