Little Sprouts is a totally volunteer run charitable trust based in New Zealand. We give away free life-changing baby packs to families in real need.
Our Mission ...
Our mission is to give all babies the very best start in life .
Our History ...
Little Sprouts was established by husband and wife team Jo Alderdice and Andy Sole of Whitby, Wellington.
When they became pregnant with their first child they realised how difficult it is to provide everything a baby needs and that this is so much harder for those in challenging circumstances - like women escaping violence, refugee families, young parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, those parenting alone and more.
They wanted to ensure that every child in New Zealand, regardless of their circumstances, had everything they needed to be healthy, safe and warm. This lead to the birth of Little Sprouts.
The idea of giving with the heart and the head was always crucial to Little Sprouts - the idea that help needs to go to those most in need and that families need ongoing support. And the importance of charities working together, not in competition, to help families in need.
This lead to Little Sprouts deciding to give is packs away through social workers at charities who work with babies - our Charity Partners.
With the support of a few volunteers in 2013 we gave away our first life-changing baby packs to babies in real need via social workers.
We now have hundreds of incredible volunteers, we support OVER SEVENTY different Charity Partners, we have branches in Wellington, Auckland, Gisborne, Kapiti and Christchurch, and we give away over $1 MILLION worth of baby items across NZ each year.
We have won awards at the New Zealander of the Year event, won the Health & Wellbeing Award for the entire Wellington Region, won that Kapiti Rising Star Award, and we are constantly growing across NZ.
And we still are very proudly entirely run by passionate volunteers!
Our Core Belief ...
We believe that all babies deserve the best start in life and that working together as one amazing community we can change babies' lives.
Our Guiding Principles ...
All of our branches follow the same Guiding Principles which are crucial to how we run - you can learn more HERE.
Our Charitable Status ...
We are a registered charitable trust, and our Charities Commission number is CC38963.
You can use this number to search the register and learn more about us here.
Via the register you can view our accounts, see how our funds are spent and confirm key details about us and our structure (including confirming that no funds are spent on paying volunteers).
You can also search this register in relation to all other registered charities and we would encourage you to do so.
WELLINGTON - HQ
Our Head Office, and largest branch, is located in Wellington.
Through our Wellington branch packs go out right across the Greater Wellington Region and often across the lower North Island, via a large number of Charity Partners.
Our Wellington branch gives away hundreds of amazing packs per year. Little Sprouts life-changing baby packs are now given to over 6% of all babies born in the Wellington region. Our goal is to get packs to 10% of all babies in Wellington in the not too distant future.
You can learn about Wellington's latest news, read updates from each branch, and see photos of donations received and packs given away at Little Sprouts NZ.
Little Sprouts Auckland was established in September 2014 by Libby Priscott & Ruth Nelson.
Our Auckland branch supports families in real need in the Auckland region.
Our packs in Auckland go out through Charity Partners such as the Auckland Womens' Refuge, Eastern Refuge Society, Middlemore Hospital, Plunket, Family Start Waitakere, Family Start Manukau and the Family Start team at the Anglican Trust for Women & Children.
You can learn about our latest news in Auckland at Little Sprouts Auckland
Little Sprouts Gisborne was established in early 2018 by Jo Shand in the Gisborne region.
Our packs in Gisborne go out through Charity Partners such as Turanga Health, Family Works and Plunket.
You can learn about our latest news in Gisborne at Little Sprouts Gisborne.
Little Sprouts Kapiti was established in early 2017 by Sarah Yuile to support families in real need in the Kapiti region, from Paraparaumu to Levin.
Our packs in Kapiti go out through Charity Partners such as Birthright, Wesley Community Action, the Salvation Army.
You can learn about our latest news in Kapiti at Little Sprouts Kapiti.
In early 2015, Little Sprouts Christchurch was established. It is run by a committee of amazing volunteers.
Our packs in Christchurch go out through Charity Partners such as the Early Start Family Start Program, Birthright Christchurch, the Neonatal Trust and more.
They are supporting families in real need in Christchurch & Ashburton. They are currently working through Aviva (Christchurch Women's Refuge) the, Early Start Family Start Program and Barnardos.
You can learn about our latest news in Christchurch at Little Sprouts Christchurch.