THERE’S been a fantastic response to borough Mayor Joe Baker’s plea for unwanted school uniforms – but more are still needed as the new term nears.
The aim of the initiative, run by Redditch Labour Party, is to recycle good and still presentable uniforms for the borough’s needy families.
The plea comes as a survey from The Schoolwear Association revealed that the average cost of kitting a pupil out for some of the UK’s state schools was more than £100.
“I think the need is greater than ever this year and I would urge people to give a school uniform a new lease of life by donating it to this worthwhile cause,” said Councillor Baker.
People can also donate Primark vouchers which will allow the Mayor to go and buy other essential items like school shoes.
The plea comes as figures released by Privident Financial put the cost of kitting out one child for one year at school on average at £1,519 – well beyond the pockets of many residents in Redditch.
This is broken down as: Childcare: £220; Uniform: £70; Tech: £85; After school clubs: £106; Packed lunch: £585; Commuting: £60; School social events: £55.
Donations for the Redditch initiative can either be dropped off at Omega Therapies, Newton House, Hewell Road, Redditch B97 6AY or text Coun Baker on 07891 549333 and he will arrange for colleagues to collect them.
The School Uniform Clothes Bank will be held at the Ecumenical Centre in Evesham Walk on Wednesday, August 31 from 12noon when everyone will be welcome to go along and get their child kitted out for the new term.