Alice Springs has joined the Nappy Collective! Over the past few months I have been working with a team to bring the Nappy Collective to Alice Springs. The concept behind the Melbourne based Nappy Collective is simple: many parents have a stash of outgrown nappies. Concurrently, mothers fleeing family violence often struggle to provide for their young children, often changing their babies less frequently or forgoing other basic essentials to afford nappies. The Nappy Collective (TNC)’s solution is to give parents an opportunity to collectively help families in crisis by donating their handful of nappies.
Sandra Jacobs, founder, said, “We aim to make it simple and easy for many people to help struggling families in need through collective giving. Surplus nappies are often accumulated by parents as babies grow quickly from one size to the next, giving many parents a stash of nappies that would normally go to landfill. Donating unused nappies assists these families to focus on longer term, deeper care of their children by relieving them of short term challenges and stress”.
The incidences of domestic violence in the Northern Territory are quite hight, with over 60% of assault offences being domestic violence related, with indigenous females representing 73% of domestic violence victims. The NT Government recently released their strategy to combat domestic violence and by donating leftover nappies Alice Springs parents can do a small part in easing the burden for women affected. All nappies donated in Alice Springs during the Collective will be given to the Alice Springs Women’s Shelter.
The Nappy Collective will run from October 20th to November 5th. Nappies can be donated to the Collective at Exotiq Homewares and Juju Beane.