The baby bank opens from 10am-12pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, both to accept donations
and also to provide assistance as requested.
If assistance is needed outside of these times, then an appointment can be made over
The body works closely with other agencies who can refer parents to the facility.
Commanding officer Lieutenant Emma Newton said: “However, if anyone is requiring
assistance they are welcome to just drop in during the open hours.”
She explained: “Our donations so far have come from parents whose children have outgrown
clothes before they’ve barely been worn, and from others who have added a packet
of nappies or bottle of baby shampoo to their shopping baskets each week.”
During the opening hours there will be tea, coffee and biscuits available as well
as a safe place for the children to play.
“We want to provide not only practical support, but also a space where parents can
talk about life, their child’s milestones and know that they are not alone in the
journey of parenthood,” said Lt Newton.
“Anyone can come to any of our activities, regardless of age, gender, religious background
or financial status.”
She added: “I'd like to say to everyone, particularly parents, if you or anyone you
know in the Western Isles could benefit from this then please do not hesitate or
be embarrassed to contact us.
“Talk to your health visitor if you prefer, but please don’t struggle.
“We already have items to distribute and are willing to pass them out to anyone who
needs them across the Western Isles.”
Baby banks exist in various locations around the UK as the need to help families
emerges. The Salvation Army operates several around the UK particularly in London.
The Salvation Army in the Western Isles has launched a baby bank to help support
families with the cost of having a child.
The organisation is increasingly approached for help from island parents struggling
to provide baby clothes, toiletries and equipment.
Problems of availability locally plus the high cost of such items is a heavy financial
burden for many.
The baby bank will be able to supply key items for infants up to 36 months old.
Through generous donations of clothes, nursery equipment, nappies, wipes and toiletries,
The Salvation Army has already assisted a handful of families.