About Pelican Parcels
What We Do
Our vision is a community in which families and carers all have the essentials for their children.
We take pre-loved and new item donations for babies and children up to age 10, and redistribute them to families facing financial hardship via various existing family services in Brighton & Hove.
In the most recent Child Poverty Index it was estimated that 19.6% of Brighton & Hove’s dependent children are living in poverty. Brighton & Hove as a city has high rates of children in need, in care and with child protection plans and/or who have been referred to children’s social care services.
Pelican Parcels aims to provide all essentials from cots and clothes, toys and books, prams and play mats for families from birth up to the age of 10. Full list of items you can donate.
All donations go direct to families at no cost.
How We Help
We support children and parents experiencing hardship by working in partnership with local council services such as health visitors, social workers, women’s shelters and other charities and agencies.
We do not support individuals or families directly. If you need help, please ask your health visitor, children’s centre or social worker to contact us and make a referral on your behalf.
If you are a health professional or work for a social service agency, please email PelicanParcels@outlook.com..
Our service is provided free of charge with no assessment criteria. All items need to be collected from our offices by the agency making the referral.
Who We Are
Pelican Parcels is a charity designed to support disadvantaged families in Brighton & Hove.
The charity was founded by Shelley and James Bennett in 2018. The idea came about when they wanted to gift some of their cherished, but no longer used, baby items to a family in need. After realising that such a service did not exist locally they decided to start Pelican Parcels with the aim to provide and recycle children’s items to disadvantaged families.
We have four Trustees:
- Shelley has three gorgeous children and also runs a communications consultancy. She is a Trustee for two charities in Brighton.
- James is a dad to the same three children and works in financial services.
- Vic Shead is an incredibly experienced marketer, having worked with many top arts organisations in London and the South East as well as with various charities.
- Carla Pannett is mum to two amazing girls and also a highly accomplished fundraiser running multi-million pound campaigns.
Pelican Parcels is a registered charity in England and Wales (1179866). We operate on a not-for-profit basis, supporting disadvantaged families and carers in Brighton & Hove.
“As the manager of Brighton & Hove’s City Council’s Family Information Service (FIS), my team has noticed an increase in the number of families facing financial hardship and contacting our service for support. Welfare reform, the insecurity and high cost of housing along with a high instance of mental and physical health issues in the city have all impacted on the ability of families to cope with day to day living costs and the expense of additional items needed at various stages in a family’s life.
At the Family Information Service, we offer advice and support to families and make referrals to foodbanks, the Local Discretionary Fund and apply to charitable trusts for grants. However, there is a real gap when sourcing items in emergencies locally, or when the criteria are not met for assistance.
FIS works in partnership with social workers, children’s centres, childcare providers and other agencies supporting families in the city. We fully support the work Pelican Parcels is trying to do.”
“I really want to thank you for all the items that was given to me. It was more than ever thought I would receive from baby vests to a whole buggy, moses basket etc. I don’t know what I would have done without all the donations. I’m a young mum and I’m not working so I was stressing so much, plus my baby came 2 months early so I really not prepared it. I had nothing for the baby! So again I just want to say a huge Thank you again for your generosity it has really helped me and my baby more than you would imagine. <3 I plan to donate once my baby has grown out of his clothes.”
“Wonderful . . . what a great system you operate! Thank you for everything.”
“We really appreciate what you are doing in our community