Local area growth to get more nappies to families in crisis

The Nappy Collective

Supported beneficiary groups within Women & Girls
Age Demographic
Early childhood - aged under 6
Project Focus
Project Area
ACT | NSW | NT | QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | WA

Project Description

Our goal is to grow The Nappy Collective’s impact in the community by delivering 1.5 million nappies annually to children experiencing nappy stress.

In Australia, research estimates that each year at least 280,000 children within 150,000 families don’t have enough nappies to remain clean and healthy. This can be caused by a short-term crisis or an ongoing situation such as financial insecurity and can lead to significant physical, emotional, and mental health issues. On average, babies need six – eight nappies daily. Families may need to spend as much as 9% of their weekly income on nappies. Families often forgo food or other necessities to purchase nappies. Providing nappies to families gives immediate relief by solving an acute problem for the child. When families have enough nappies, their children are changed more often and are more settled, they report feeling calmer and that they can afford to pay for other essentials, such as food and bills and that they are more emotionally supported, which can help them to engage more with support services.

Expected Outcomes

The Nappy Collective proposes to expand allowing us to get more nappies to families in crisis.

This will involve:

  • Recruitment of more collection points
  • Recruitment of community partners, that are close to the collection points
  • Provision of resources to allow collection points (and community partners) promote collection to their clients and supporters
  • Recruitment of volunteers who can help facilitate the delivery of nappies from collection points to community partners

By increasing our collection points we can reach our goal of redistributing 1.5 million nappies across Australia, that will support up to 50,000 children each year.

Project Data & Lessons

Negative impacts to families experiencing nappy stress:
When families experience nappy stress, the level of disadvantaged extends to numerous aspects of their lives:

  • Families may cut back on other essentials such as food or medicine to ensure they have enough nappies.
  • Children are more likely to experience skin and urinary conditions, resulting in discomfort and distress that is more difficult to manage for parents, which can increase the risk of child mistreatment.
  • Mothers are at increased risk of developing a mental health problem or experiencing a worsening of an existing maternal health problem, as the experience increases parenting stress and reduces the feeling of parental competency.
  • Children may not be able to attend childcare centres that do not supply nappies, which can lead to lost social and educational opportunities for children and lost employment opportunities, and
    reduced income for parents.

Project Dates

The Nappy Collective has chosen not to set an end date for the growth of collection points to allow for continuous expansion and flexibility. This approach ensures that as the need for nappies and support increases, the organisation can respond by opening new collection points without being constrained by a predetermined timeline. This ongoing growth helps maximize our impact and reach, enabling more families to receive the support they need.

Funding Details

Funding Needed
Current Funding
Total Project Costs
Approved Tax Deductability Status
Approved Tax Concession Charity
Other Funding Sources
Peer to Peer donations, Corproate partnerships, Philanthropic funders.
Other Support Opportunities
Impact investment, In-kind contributions, Pro bono services, Subsidies

Organisation Details

The Nappy Collective
ABN: 92168550276


Sarah Witty
Phone: 0448505639

About The Nappy Collective

Most parents know the discomfort of a child waiting for a nappy change or the stress of being caught without enough nappies and the looming dread of a full nappy due. What if you had that feeling every day? Sadly, more and more Australian families are experiencing this due to rising living costs, the housing crisis and other economic impacts. At the same time other families can easily afford nappies and often find they are left with spares as babies grow between sizes and eventually toilet train. The Nappy Collective asks and answers the question; What if we could ‘connect’ the two to ensure all Australian children are kept clean and dry?

The Nappy Collective supports disadvantaged and vulnerable families to access free nappies. We mobilise the community and run collection points for donations of leftover, unused disposable nappies that may otherwise be thrown out. We redistribute these nappies through community partners to families who may have to choose between buying nappies or buying food because they’re fleeing violence, seeking asylum, or struggling with homelessness, mental illness, extreme financial hardship, or are victims of natural disasters such as the recent floods or other disadvantage.

The Nappy Collective has seen unprecedented demand in recent months. Children and families need our help now more than ever. We all do the best with what we have, but what if at even your best you can’t put your child in clean nappies?

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