THE Redditch School Uniform Bank has proved such a success it’s continuing all this week at the Ecumenical Centre.
Last Saturday, August 17 saw the seventh year of the Uniform Bank in the town centre , and the response was astounding with more than 500 people through the door.
Speaking on Saturday the organiser, Labour Councillor Joe Baker said: “Today saw the largest turnout we have ever had for the School Uniform Bank, five times more than last year attended, well over 540 people came through the doors to get assistance with uniforms.
“What stood out to me most of all was the dignity and respect everyone showed each other, a community working together.
“I would like to thank everyone that has made this year possible especially the staff and volunteers at the Ecumenical centre, and members of Redditch Labour Party.
“This is what the Labour party does – brings everyone together to help at times of need.
“However the large increase just goes to show how this Conservative government’s austerity has hit hard.
“Something needs to change and change for the better.”
Coun Bill Hartnett, leader of the Labour group added: “This year’s Uniform Bank was the biggest and best so far, both in the generous donations from residents and schools and in the number of people attending.
“It was a joy to be part of the day a joy to see so many smiles and happy people.”
“We had lots of positive feedback both face to face in the room and via social media saying it was a great idea, putting to good use quality clothing.”
Sharon Harvey of environment group Eco n Wise said: “Over 500 people visited and I didn’t see anyone leave empty handed – we must have saved thousands of pieces of clothing from being wasted, as well as helping people save a lot of money. It’s the perfect example of reuse and recycle.”
All items were donated and were redistributed free of charge.
Such has been the demand the School Uniform Bank is still running at the Ecumenical Centre from 10am to 12noon.
Surplus items will be sorted over the following weeks and passed onto various other projects, including other uniform banks, refugee projects and projects to provide uniforms to children in Third World countries.
“Nothing is wasted,” said Ms Harvey.