School uniforms are wanted by Barnsley CVS and the Refugee Council to recycle and distribute to secondary school children. The organisations are asking people to give clothes with plenty of life left in them to help asylum seeking and newly arrived refugee families ready for the new school year.
Sarah Sonne, Community Development & Volunteer Coordinator at the Barnsley Refugee Advice Project said: “Schools are at the heart of our communities and are vital in helping refugee and asylum seeking families and children to integrate in the UK. Sadly, we know that refugee children can face barriers to inclusion at school including a lack of financial support for even the basics, such as school uniform. That’s why all donations from the kind community of Barnsley will be hugely appreciated, and make a big difference for some of the young people we work with to really feel at home in their new schools
Donations of Horizon Community College and Barnsley Academy uniforms will be the most helpful but items from any secondary school are welcome.
Sarah added: “We all know that joining a new peer group can be daunting, but any help that people are able to give will make a massive difference to a young person life.”
All good quality second hand school skirts, trousers, shoes and shirts from any secondary schools will go to a good home. But they are particularly interested in donations of, blazers, jumpers & PE kit.
School uniforms are not commonly found in charity shops or other very low cost retailers. Items are often passed to other family members but if that isn’t possible many good uniforms can end up being thrown away or recycled as rags. All this means options can be limited when these families are looking for suitable clothing.
Lisa Phelan, Head of Community Services, Barnsley CVS said: “At the end of the school year many children have outgrown their uniforms so this is a great opportunity to put them to good use.
Lisa added: “By encouraging people to recycle school uniform we will be able to help new families to Barnsley benefit from our committed, enthusiastic and generous community.
Items in need of minor repairs will also be accepted and repaired by volunteers who will be mending torn linings, seams, buttons, fastenings etc. Books in good condition will also be accepted for a planned community library. Children’s storybooks and picture books that can be read by children and parents wanting to improve their English are preferable.
People can help by dropping off clean donations at Priory Campus, Pontefract Road, S71 5LF and Barnsley CVS, 23 Queens Road, S71 1AN.