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Our Clothing Store offers essential clothing to asylum seekers who often arrive at the local initial accommodation with little or no luggage. We operate a request and delivery process which offers clothing (including coats & jackets) as well as essential item, such as shoes, hats, gloves etc. Requests come mainly from welfare staff. Our volunteers check and sort and then assemble packs for weekly delivery to the appropriate hotel or hostel.

No used underwear!

One thing we do not offer is used underwear. We make every effort as far as possible to provide new underwear. We are sure you’ll understand how keen we are to preserve the dignity and well-being of new guests to our area!

Welcome to the World

The Clothing Store also offers special ‘Welcome to the World’ packs to expectant mothers in initial accommodation and asylum-seeking mothers in the community. These packs include new baby clothes, new towels, blankets, hand knitted baby layettes and hand made blankets.

Baby equipment and clothing

Where possible we also offer decent secondhand baby equipment such as Moses baskets, bedding, baby prams and pushchairs for toddlers. Decent secondhand clothing is also offered to all mothers with babies in initial accommodation. The requests for baby items comes through the Community Health Worker who works at the initial accommodation centre and with the asylum-seeking community.

Request and collect for local people

Local asylum seekers, new refugees and people not in initial accommodation, can visit the Clothing Store to request clothing. They can fill out forms or text – when the items are ready arrangements are made for collection or delivery. Local people also sometimes request small household items and spare bedding.

If you have items to donate to the clothing store, please see our donation page here.