What is Bloom?
Bloom is a referral service, working alongside professional groups, supporting families in Gateshead. We aim to serve families in need of essential resources for their new babies. We provide ‘Bloom Bundles’ of items needed by Mum and baby to support and bless them both.
Each Wednesday we also run Bloom Cafe – a friendly and relaxing space providing community and support for mums (or other family members) with babies aged 0-6 months. (NOTE: During national lockdown we have decided to pause Bloom cafe. We hope to start it up as soon as possible.)
We believe in sharing what we have so that every family has what they need. We collect pre- loved baby clothes (0-3 months) and also take donations of size 1 nappies, Mum and baby toiletries and special gifts.
These items are then combined into ‘Bloom Bundles’, which are given to prospective and new Mums referred to us.
Our vision is that growing families in Gateshead receive what they need to thrive in our local community, a community growing in blessing others through putting love into action and giving to support new parents.
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. (1 John 3:16-18)
Donations and support
Bloom depends on donations from people in and around our local community. We are so grateful for this generosity and support.
Donated items can be pre-loved or new. They can be left at the Bloom Collection Point in St George’s Church or passed on to us by friends or family at the church.
We are in need of the following items:
(Items marked with * must be new and in sealed packaging.)
- 0-3 month clothes: vests, baby grows and cardigans
- Dribble Bibs
- Muslin cloths
- Baby blankets
- Newborn nappies (size 1) *
- Cotton wool balls *
- Sudocrem tubs (125g) *
- Baby wash *
- Packs of Maternity pads *
- Packs of Breastfeeding pads *
- Boxes of chocolates *
- Newborn toys
Referrals from professionals
We can take referrals from the following professionals:
- Central Gateshead Health Visitor team
- Gateshead Midwife teams
- GPs within NE8 and NE9 postcodes
During the Covid-19 pandemic, we are still taking referrals, but do not have pre-defined pick-up times. Please email email@example.com with name, organisation and contact details for the referring professional, and the name and due date of the mum.
You can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org with queries.