Setting up a Growbaby is really simple
Before you read any further, we want to say to you that starting a Growbaby is really simple. Here's what we always say to people: just say yes, get two plastic boxes to put some clothes in, and get going!
We will give more detail than this, share lessons from our experience, and provide resources and guides. But before we do, we want you to know that it's not complicated, and you don't need any special skills or training to start being Jesus' hands and feet in your community.
The video below gives some more information about Growbaby:
Thinking of starting a Growbaby?
Even though this is simple, we know that it can be helpful to have a bit more of a process to work through. Every Growbaby's journey will be different so the steps below aren't definitive, but they may be a useful place to start.
Find out the needs of the people in your local area
Research what's already being provided by others
Speak to your MP, local council, and other key people
Plan how you can meet the needs of your local area
Think about ways you can get the word out
Sort out practical issues - storage, budget, transport
Get active on social media to share what you're doing
Write to local newspapers and community groups
Get help from your church to spread the word
Collect donations from your church community
Write to businesses and ask about extra stock
Create an Amazon wishlist of common items you'll need
Look for people in your local area who need baby supplies
Ask your church to connect you with people in need
Invite people to visit in person and chat with them
But the most important thing to do when starting a Growbaby, which none of these steps will be of any use without, is to Pray.
Advice before you get started
Check out existing Growbabys
Use the map to view all the Growbaby locations and find the one closest to you.
You can also search in the Growbaby Directory, which you can filter by county to find a group where you live or in a neighbouring county.
This is a great first step if you're looking to set up a Growbaby in your local area.
Get in touch with us to get started
If you want to start a Growbaby, please get in touch. We do have trademarks on "Growbaby" and similar names, so please make contact before using them.
We run a closed Facebook group for people who run Growbabys, send regular email updates, and host the annual Being Jesus' Hands & Feet conference.