Roundabout Canberra is a registered charity, run by a group of Canberra women. We're all volunteers, and we balance our commitment to Roundabout Canberra with work and young families. Our aim is to provide women and families experiencing hardship in Canberra and the surrounding regions with essential items and equipment to ensure the safety of their babies.
We accept donations of excellent quality items and equipment and work directly with social workers and social service agencies to help individuals and families in need. We allow the services we assist to focus on their core business, and we support them by ensuring that essential items are available in great condition for their clients.
On a number of occasions over the past few years I’ve wanted to donate some of my pre-loved baby items to local charities. Often the charities most likely to need these items were unable to accept donations due to a lack of both space and resources to sort, clean, safety check and store items. This meant that many valuable and needed pre-loved items weren't able to be passed on to women in need. It also meant that when these services had clients in need, they often weren't able to assist them with baby items and equipment quickly and easily.
In my search for someone to donate to, I came across St Kilda Mums in Melbourne and Dandelion Support Network in Sydney. I discovered similar services in various other states and territories in Australia and after reaching out to a range of local services, I realised this was something that was much needed in Canberra. So I recruited the help of a fantastic group of women to create Roundabout Canberra.
If you're based in Canberra or its surrounding regions, and are looking to donate baby items and equipment, please keep an eye on the 'What's On' section of this site for further information about our next donations day.
While the individuals and families we help are experiencing hardship, we'd like all of the items we pass on to be considered a gift. As such, we would greatly appreciate if all items donated could be in as-new or excellent used condition. Please ensure all items are clean and in excellent working order.
A list of items we do and don't accept is available at the link below.
Please note that some items (such as cots, prams, car seats, highchairs, bassinets and change tables) have safety standards. You can contact us or obtain a copy of the safety standards on the ACCC website.
We provide items and equipment to social service agencies to pass on to their clients. We don't provide support directly to individuals or families. Your social/case worker can contact us on your behalf. If you're not in contact with a social worker, hospital, or social service agency we recommend contacting one of the following services:
Our insurance and policies prevent us from dealing with individuals and families directly. We accept referrals from social workers. hospitals and social service agencies. If you are an agency making a request for items, we require them to be collected by yourself or a nominated individual from your office at a pre-arranged time.
If you're making a request for the first time, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll provide you with our Service Provider Registration form.
We aim to hold donation days approximately every 8 weeks. Keep an eye on our website or Facebook page for details about our next one! Donation days are held at our storage space at Sports Club Kaleen, 16 Georgina Cres, Kaleen.
While we still have a long way to go, the set up process has been made significantly easier through the assistance and support of St Kilda Mums and Dandelion Support Network, who operate in Melbourne and Sydney. We're very grateful to them for sharing a huge amount of advice and information with us!