This month, as part of our Support in the Community Initiative, we’re shining a spotlight on our Charity of the Month – our very own Kidzeco!
Kidzeco is a well-established social enterprise providing affordable, high quality pre-loved children’s goods to families in our community and an Early Years Community Space at The Centre, Livingston. Whether you’re expecting a baby or have a little one at home, Kidzeco is your one stop shop for all things baby.
By shopping with Kidzeco you are not only purchasing great quality items but are helping to reduce carbon emissions by lengthening the lifespan of a particular item. If your little one has outgrown their clothes, toys or baby goods why not donate them to Kidzeco; the more people that get involved in the cycle of donating and purchasing, the greater the impact on the local community and the planet as a whole.
As a social enterprise, any profits received from the sale of donations are reinvested to support families in the local community through projects such as KidzStart which offers free baby essentials to families struggling financially.
Looking to get out and about with your baby or toddler? Kidzeco also offers a plethora of classes and activities for parents and babies, including Buggy Walks which let you boost your energy levels while meeting new parents and their little ones in the local community, Messy Play, Weaning Workshops and Baby Massage. They also offer Dadz sessions including Dadz Trekz – which is Buggy Walks for dads and male carers, Dadz Timez where dads and male carers can use the Kidz n Kin community space with their babies and toddlers, and even Mini First Aid for Dadz courses which cover everything from bumps and bruises to CPR.
Their Kidz n Kin community space provides a safe and welcoming environment for families with a cafe, small soft play and imaginative play area – great for meeting other parents, having fun and making memories with your children.
On 8th September Kidzeco will be launching their new Bumpz 2 Babiez perinatal cafe offering a nurturing and supportive space where both parents and parents-to-be can drop in, relax and spend time with their peers. The Bumpz 2 Babiez cafe will run every Thursday from 10am - 3pm and Kidzeco’s approachable and friendly team of staff has grown to provide this service which will be extended to welcome professionals offering relevant information direct to families; the first of its kind in West Lothian.
As part of The Centre’s charity partnership with Kidzeco, we’re doing a call out for donations to support their KidzStart project which offers free baby essentials to families in need.
A donation box is set up next to the Customer Service Desk and donations of the following would be welcomed: baby toiletries, nappies, wipes, vests, babygrows, blankets, socks, mitts, knitted cardigans, baby shoes and bibs. Items should be new or unworn and sized from tiny baby to 12 months.
Any donations will be used to put packs together which will be provided free of charge to families referred to KidzStart by their health professional or advice organisation.
If you would like to find out more about what Kidzeco do, their timetable of events and activities, or how you can get involved, check out their Facebook page kidzecointhecommunity, bookwhen.com/kidzeco, or pop in store for a friendly chat.