(13,500,000 people) was estimated to be living in poverty in the UK 2018.
We found out first hand, that people that fall just above this line are struggling more then ever to clothe themselves or their family after having to pay for the everyday living costs.
Due to the current climate we can only expect this number to inflate.
Right now, more than ever, people need the secruity of being able to clothe themselves and their loved ones."
CO-Founder | The Clothing Bank
NOT ONE FACE
Can represent the viriety of people
that reach out for our support.
The Clothing Bank Community
is so important.
Two Ladies and a passage way . . .
HOW IT ALL BEGAN.
The Clothing Bank was established in January 2020.
It all started with two ladies and a passage way. It still sounds like the set up line to a badly written joke, but it's the truth.
We saw there was a gap in the support chain for people accessing help who was struggling to clothe themselves or their family after having to pay for the everyday living costs.
In January 2020 we started off with setting up volunteer clothing drop off points between a couple of friends houses and a facebook page.
We sorted clothing and completed our first referrals from the empty (soon to be filled) passage way at one of the properties. We quickly found that more space was needed so the fund raising began.
We recieved a donation of a car port and storage boxes, Exactly what we needed! This allowed us to store more clothes for a wider range and kept in a pristine condition.
In August 2020 we had raised the funds to renovate an outbuilding at the homebase. This provided us space to think bigger and allow us to plan ahead and stock for future season's.
We were successful! Some great news to hear for anyone. The national lottery funding bid had been accepted for our multipurpose cabin.
Having this accepted helped us recognise that we really can start to reach people further then our current stock range would of allowed. The Clothing Bank Cabin was built in December 2020.
All this would not be possible without the support of The Clothing Bank community.
As it stands 45,000 + people are activley spreading our message, donating clothing acting as volunteer drop off points. We also have a couple of local firms sponsoring and donating to us.
This support has allowed us to supply clothing to over two thousand people plus with quality clothing and new underwear.
A Lack of clothing affect's people in different ways. Other than the obvious practical use of good quality clothing provides, one universal truth seems to be an increase in confidence and Self esteem. Taking weight off there shoulders and allowing them to blend into society without potential predudice.
Helping young people get on with education has been rather rewarding. We have been told first hand that they feel like by being supplied trendy clothing they’ve been accepted into new social groups, the confidence has lifted and have acheived a sense of direction in there life.
What's next for 2021?
Our volunteer drop off points have grown to 81 locations over yorkshire. The request's for support however has become nationwide.
The key goal is to partner up to provide a nationwide distrubution service to extend the current giving capicity of providing 7 days of clothes to those who need it.