Published on 19.07.2022

Call for donations of pre-loved school uniform in Northumberland

Northumberland County Council is holding a week-long uniform collection in a bid to encourage families to recycle clothing while also helping others.

Good quality uniform, coats, shoes, PE kits and bags can be dropped off at various locations across Northumberland, including Willowburn Sports Centre in Alnwick,  between Monday 1 August until Monday 8 August 2022.

Following the donation period, the pre-loved uniforms will be sorted and made available to all at a significantly reduced cost via a network of local groups and organisations.

Councillor Guy Renner-Thompson, cabinet member with responsibility for children’s services, said: “This is such a great initiative and last year hundreds of items were kindly donated across the county with our donation stations often full within days.

“So often uniform is quickly outgrown, or children move on to new schools, so it makes sense to give others the chance to access good quality items of clothing at a reduced cost.

“I would encourage you to donate any items you have to this scheme. You would be playing a huge part in sustaining our beautiful environment and helping others at the same time.”

Information on all drop off locations can be found here: https://nland.uk/uniformdropoff

Services in Northumberland that provide good quality preloved school uniforms at a significantly reduced cost can be found here: https://nland.uk/schooluniformservices

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Bright Charity is also collecting preloved uniform throughout the summer holidays, with drop-off points located at their hospital sites.

Some schools may also have their own uniform support process in place, please contact your school to find out.

Parents or carers of children and young people who receive free school meals during term times will also receive £80 in vouchers over the summer period. The vouchers, which are funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Household Support Fund (HSF) to support households with food, fuel or other essentials, can also be used towards school uniform or other essential clothing should they choose.

For further information about support available in Northumberland if you’re having a difficult time or struggling at the moment, please visit: https://nland.cc/NCT