Re-love your pre-loved school uniforms

Published on Mon Aug 8 2022
Re jumper and white school shirt

Burnley Together community hub has launched an initiative aimed at helping families get free school uniforms ahead of the start of the new academic year.

And the community partnership needs your help in making the scheme an A* success.

Burnley Together, which brings together public, private and voluntary organisations from across the borough, has created Re-love your Pre-loved school uniforms, a scheme which makes donated used school uniforms available to families with children who need kitting out for the coming school year.

A temporary shop is opening in Burnley town centre later this month where people can go and pick up items such as shirts and trousers that will be acceptable uniform at any primary or secondary school.

The scheme is open to anyone and is a great way of saving money as well as helping protect the environment by recycling and reducing waste.

A spokesperson for Burnley Together said: “We know buying new school uniform can be expensive and that a lot of uniforms are thrown away when a child either outgrows it or leaves school.

“Why let all those pre-loved uniforms go to waste when there are families out there who need to save money? We’re asking people to donate any school uniform items that are no longer needed so they can be put to good use again.

“We think it’s a great idea that should get top marks with families across our borough.”

The Re-love your Pre-loved school uniform shop will be open in Chancery Walk in Charter Walk shopping centre, Burnley, from Monday-Friday 15th-19th August, and Mon-Fri 22nd-29th August. Opening hours will be between 11am-3pm, apart from Thursday which will be 2pm-6pm.

The shop will be staffed by volunteers. Any donated items that are not deemed suitable for re-use will be recycled.

Clothing retail giant Primark is supporting the scheme by giving advice on how to set up the shop and by providing equipment such as clothing rails and hangers.

Dan Hunt, store manager at Primark Burnley, said: “We’re delighted to support such a worthwhile community initiative that will help families both save money and reduce waste by re-using uniforms. I’m sure there will be a lot of mums and dads who will get involved, either by donating uniforms that are no longer needed or by giving them a new life in the classroom.”

Donated school uniforms can be dropped off at the following locations: The Best Centre; Community Grocer, Valley Street community centre; Gannow community centre; Burnley Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Barden Lane; Burnley Wood community centre; Charter House, Morse Street; Tesco Extra, Burnley; Asda (George), Burnley; Healthier Heroes, Burnley Market; and Cabin Care and Share, The Fold.

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