This week, we’d like to help some homeless children in East London.
In the past we have worked with The Magpie Project – a charity that helps homeless under 5’s in Newham – to provide warm and waterproof clothing for toddlers. This week, we would like to do more to help them.
There are 2000 homeless children aged under 5 in Newham alone. Some of the mums and children that come to the Magpie Project are sleeping in hostels, some are given a tiny room in a house shared with 5 other families, and some sleep on the night bus.
The Magpie Project offers a safe place, where they feel supported with no judgement or fear. They’re given nappies, wipes, clothing, a hot lunch, as well as access to a range of children’s music and arts classes, and visits from specialists who work in child development, housing and immigration to give them the advice they need. Jane, who runs the project, said although they can’t fix the lack of accommodation, they can do their best to ensure that the children’s long-term well-being is not affected by this period of homelessness.
The Magpie Project is in need of clothes for boys ages 2-4, and also some specific toys for the children. They are also starting to put together some packs to help the mums and children who need to self-isolate during the Covid-19 pandemic (an incredibly difficult task when you're staying in cramped accommodation with so many other people). With your help, we’d like to provide as much as we can.