Family support

Partners and charities across Salford that can provide additional support for families.

Perhaps you’re struggling with the cost of school uniforms or you’re a first-time mum who wants to meet other parents. Whatever your situation, we can help you access the right support for you and your family.

Here’s some of the organisations we work with.


Salford Baby Bank

Salford Baby Bank is a charity which helps families in urgent need of baby essentials such as nappies, wipes, clothes, formula and other equipment.

To access this service, you need to be referred from a partner organisation, including Salix Homes.
If you think you could benefit from this service, please contact us to discuss your situation – email

Find out more at the Salford Baby Bank website.


Visit from the Stork

Based in Salford, Visit from the Stork supports new parents and parents-to-be across Greater Manchester.

Its vision is for all parents to be equipped with the resources they need to achieve a better quality of life for themselves and their family.

They provide access to essential equipment for babies and children, low-cost toys and run groups and activities for families including breastfeeding support and parent and baby classes.

Find out more about all  their services on the Visit from the Stork website.

Their projects in Salford include:

Stork Support

Free baby essentials such as nappies wipes and formula milk for families. This free service is for vulnerable families who are referred by a professional such as a health visitor, midwife, social worker or your housing officer at Salix Homes. Contact us to discuss a referral at

Discounted baby essentials

Available without a referral at any of the Visit from the Stork hubs listed below:

Manchester City Mission Churchill Way, Salford

Mondays 11am-3pm and Thursdays 1pm-5pm

Emmanuel Church and Centre, Langworthy, M6 5PN

Tuesdays 3pm-6pm, Wednesdays 9.30am – 12pm and Thursdays 9.30am -12pm

Little Hulton Big Local, District Centre, Little Hulton

Wednesdays 9am-12pm


Stork Store

A family-focused charity shop, selling new and pre-loved toys, books, clothes and games. Open at Emmanuel Church and Centre on Tuesdays 3pm-6pm, Wednesdays 9.30am-12pm and Thursdays 9.30am-12pm.
You can also shop online at the Stork Store website and collect from the church or the Visit from the Stork office at St James House, Pendleton


That Toy Thing

A toy library for families across Greater Manchester, which aims to support families on low incomes and reduce plastic waste by re-using and recycling children’s toys.

You can get new toys each month for your children and then swap them for different toys when they’ve had enough of playing with them.

To access this service, you need to be referred from a partner organisation, including Salix Homes.
If you think you could benefit from this service, please contact us to discuss your situation at

Find out more at the That Toy Thing website.


Smart Start – School Uniform Support

We’ve teamed up with the Wood Street Mission charity to help our tenants access free school uniforms.

Contact our Income Management Team on and we can make a referral on your behalf and help you to fill in the relevant application forms.

If your application is successful, you’ll have access to free uniforms, PE kits, stationery, and even fancy-dress costumes for events like World Book Day.

Last year, the Wood Street Mission provided more than 3,000 children with free school uniform. They also provide a range of other practical support for families on low incomes in Salford and Manchester, including access to clothes and toiletries, books and children’s gifts at Christmas.

Find out more at the Wood Street Mission website.


Emmaus Salford School Uniform Hub

Salford families can benefit from free school uniform items and children’s shoes from the Emmaus Salford School Uniform Hub in Pendleton.

Including shirts, sweatshirts, skirts, trousers, socks, pumps, shoes and PE tops, most of the items are sourced from lost property at local schools and individual donations.

To access this service, you need to be referred from a partner organisation, such as your child’s school or Salford CAB.

Find out more at the Emmaus Salford website.


We are Kickstart

We are Kickstart is a local organisation which works with families and schools to provide support and opportunities to help your children thrive.

They provide educational and sports activities and programmes that are designed to meet the needs of individual children, and can also provide access to competitively priced, high-quality childcare such as breakfast and after-school clubs.

Find out more at the We are Kickstart website.


Salford Council – Neighbourhood Teams

Salix Homes works closely with the Neighbourhood Teams at Salford Council who provide a range of opportunities, activities and resources for people living in Salford.

From school holiday clubs and family fun-days to employability courses, the Neighbourhood Teams aim to increase opportunities, tackle local issues and improve communities.

Discover more about your Neighbourhood Team and keep up-to-date with their activities at the Neighbourhood pages on the Salford City Council website.

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