UPDATE 23 March 2020
Given the news this evening we have realised that for the good of our volunteers and the wider community we must close until at least after Easter.
– If you have a hire kit currently, we will continue to support you to use it.
– No hires are to be returned before we reopen please. No fees will be payable for this period though if you wish to make a donation, we are always grateful.
– If you have been allocated a kit or are awaiting allocation, we will get it all ready for you, but you will not be able to collect it before we reopen, unless you deem it to be an essential journey (ie you can’t afford single use nappies). Please let us know if you fall into this category as we will work with you to arrange a no contact hire.
Take care of yourselves and each other.
Eilidh & The South London Nappies Team
UPDATE 22 March 2020
We are working to provide kits asap in SE25, CR0 and Bromley/Orpington.
We have donated all our spare nappies to Lewisham Mutual Aid
Stay safe. Stay home. Use cloth nappies.
UPDATE 18 March 2020:
ALL our public events are cancelled until further notice.
All kit hires will now be no-contact. We will do e-demos via Skype or Facebook.
All hires due back in March or April will automatically be extended to the end of May at no extra charge.
.14.03.2020 In the light of the recent outbreak of COVID-19, we are posting to advise you of what South London Nappies and Croydon Real Nappies CIC are doing to mitigate the spread of the virus.
Events: we will be cancelling our Crystal Palace Drop Ins until further notice.
Whilst The Lakes Cafe remains open, we will be there as scheduled.
Hires: Our volunteers check and wash kits between loans as standard, and we also strongly advise that you do that yourself at the start of your loan (this is also stated on the laminated sheet attached to each kit).
We are also paying extra attention to items which cannot go into the washing machine, such as the Cheeky Wipes boxes and the kit bags themselves, which will be wiped down thoroughly between loans too.
All volunteers are already following government advice and washing their hands regularly, and they will also advise us ASAP if they are unable or unwilling to loan (for whatever reason).
It may be that some loans are cancelled at short notice by our volunteers, and we ask for your understanding with this, as it will be done in order to keep everyone safe.
We also ask that all clients follow the same procedures and email to let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to make a loan.
If you have a new and persistent cough and/or a temperature, please follow the government advice and self-isolate for 7 days.
Take care, everyone!
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South London Nappies is a parent-led social enterprise nappy library, (not a nappy laundry service) which is self funded by hires and donations, and staffed by volunteers.
We are currently in need of volunteers – we need people willing to commit as much or as little of their time and energy as the can. Our current volunteers: launder and check kits, do admin and fundraising, hold one off or regular events, and provide peer support to South London families both online and in person. If you have ever considered setting up as a nappy library or a nappy advisor; please do get in touch.
We hire washable nappies throughout South London and provide advice and guidance on the use of cloth nappies and selected other reusable products, including a reusable menstrual products kit provided by Go Real.
Our kits are available to hire for anyone who can collect from our base in SE25.
We expect kits to be available from a Bromley base in 2020.