Council steps in to help Baby Bank

Forest of Dean District Council will be providing space within its Coleford headquarters to store items for a local Baby Bank until the organisers can find a permanent home.

The Baby Bank was set up in 2017 by Bream resident Nikki Neale to help and support young families within the Forest of Dean with donations, advice and support and a friendly face. Since then, more volunteers have come forward to assist the Baby Bank – which is now led by Nicola Lambert - and they are looking for a more permanent base for their activities. In the meantime, the Council has offered to store baby milk, clothing, food and nappies to ensure that the work continues.

Nicola Lambert has thanked the Council for its support,

“We are very grateful that the local authority has provided us with much needed storage space for items. The Baby Bank is going from strength to strength and it is vital that we have access to a range of items in quick time.  This means that when we get referrals from professional midwives, health visitors and the Food Bank, we can respond quickly to people who require supplies for their babies.”

Cllr Richard Leppington, Ward Member for Bream, was instrumental in arranging the storage space, and added,

“This is yet another example of local volunteers coming together to help communities in the District.  We are pleased to help the Baby Bank by providing temporary storage facilities, enabling them to continue supplying essential items to those in need.”

For more information about the Baby Bank, or to make a donation, please go to or email



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