Our actions today build a better world for tomorrow
Three Pillars of Impact
Big Group Hug’s three pillars are a roadmap to building a world where children get the best start in life. We see three critical areas where we can contribute in a meaningful way:
Build connected communities
To build connected communities by offering ongoing opportunities for community members and organisations to engage in meaningful philanthropic and altruistic work.
Nurture resilient families
To nurture resilient families by relieving some of the financial burden and stress experienced by those who may struggle to provide the essentials for their children, enhancing family bonds.
Foster a culture of sustainability
To promote a sustainable world for the future by encouraging upcycling, recycling, and rehoming of pre-loved items, thereby reducing the amount of waste ending up in landfills.
We provide items ranging from newborn nappies to schoolbooks, and from emergency packs for displaced children to clothes for kids facing daily disadvantages.
Just one clothing pack from Big Group Hug would cost a family approximately $395 if they had to purchase it brand new.
We helped 6,002 children in 2023FY, providing over 120,000 items, including 395 cots and bassinets that ensured babies had a safe place to sleep.
In 2023FY, Big Group Hug received requests for material aid from 95 different agencies in need of our service.
We are proud to play a role in responding to community crisis
Our service has swiftly become a vital part of the local government’s response to social issues such as:
- family violence
- seeking asylum
- financial hardship
- living with a disability
We are heavily relied upon by agencies including local government, larger charities such as Anglicare, Berry Street, and The Salvation Army, as well as women’s shelters and foster care agencies.
Meet Sharon and her Boys
We embrace families in immediate need
In the early days, Big Group Hug primarily focused on providing material aid in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. The problem with childhood poverty is that it reaches beyond council boundaries, and so do we. Our primary warehouse is based in Bundoora, and our secondary hub is located in Airport West, but we endeavour to respond to all requests regardless of location.
Meet Henry, a committed Grandfather
Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals
The work we do at Big Group Hug directly and meaningfully contributes to the success of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The four goals where we can make the largest contribution are:
- Goal 1: No poverty
- Goal 2: Zero hunger
- Goal 10: Reduced inequalities
- Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
We believe in the power of the community working hand-in-hand to ensure no one is left behind. Together we’ll create a world that is kinder, fairer and more sustainable for future generations.
Meet Rajwinder, a loving new mum
Contributing to a sustainable future
We give pre-loved donations a new life so that they can in turn give a child a better life.
Every day the Big Group Hug team up-cycles, recycles and rehomes items. We go to extraordinary efforts to find a use for second-hand donations and avoid disposing of them.
Our dedicated volunteers launder and repair second-hand goods to ensure they’re in good condition and meet Australian safety standards. Any donation we can’t use gets passed on to one of our partner organisations, avoiding landfills whenever we can.
In the 2023 financial year, we distributed the following to families:
- 92,162 unused nappies
- 7,904 toiletry items
- 4,896 clothing packs
- 1,139 tins of formula
- 579 car seats or capsules or boosters
- AND MORE!
1 in 6
Children in Melbourne live in
In the past financial year.
Together, we have helped 6,002 babies and children.
Provided more than 120,000 essential items.
Saved over 100 tonnes of salvageable items from entering landfill.
Did you know? 200,000 car seats end up in landfills each year
That’s just one example of waste we can improve on by re-cycling pre-loved items and rehoming them with a family in need.