winter coat appeal
Uniform Exchange gives away thousands of school uniforms to families across Kirklees every year and the need for our services has reached record levels as the cost of living crisis continues to take a heavy toll on people’s finances.
There are 15,000 children in Kirklees living in poverty – the equivalent of one in four households – and the number of children needing help from us is expected to be more than 7,000 this year.
It’s very easy to donate coats, hats, scarves and gloves – anything that keeps the winter chill out. Simply drop them off at any of the many Uniform Exchange collection points spread across Kirklees. To find the one nearest to you go to https://www.uniform-exchange.org/donation-points/
Last year we gave out 2,300 coats – up from 1,600 the year before – along with many hats, gloves and scarves.
If you can donate a good, preloved coat suitable for school we’ll find a child in Kirklees who can reuse it.”
Visit https://www.uniform-exchange.org/ to learn more about Uniform Exchange or to donate money to support the charity.
About the organisation
Uniform Exchange was set up as a community project in 2011 to make sure every child in Kirklees could have a free school uniform if they needed it. That need has never been greater than it is now. The cost-of-living crisis means many families are struggling just to eat and keep warm so new school uniform is simply unaffordable yet countless tonnes of it is still being thrown into landfill in Kirklees every year. We need to all make a positive impact on the environment so please do your bit by simply giving your old school uniform to us. We work with all 182 schools in Kirklees plus a few independent ones so every local child can go to school smart, proud and ready to learn. It’s impossible to overestimate how important school uniform is to make a young person feel a part of their school community, doing wonders for their self-esteem and sense of wellbeing.