A huge amount of sorting was done by volunteers today, whilst clothing two families and making a delivery too. This work has revealed that we have a shortage of boys trousers ages 2 –10. We have plenty of other boys clothes of that age, but not trousers. Boys obviously wear all their trousers out and they aren’t good enough to be donated when they are done with them! We are also short of baby’s clothes of 6 –9 months only, both sexes. These are the only clothes that we are appealing for at the moment, so please get in touch if you have any to donate. Thank you.
This mum was literally walking on ‘Air’ today after getting many items like this one for her son at Sharewear. Meanwhile, another mum was taking home clothes for her much younger son, including Timberland boots and JoJo Maman Bebe trousers. No matter what the brands, the outcome is always the same: people feel clothed in love, dignity and self-respect when they go home with our free clothes. Both mums asked about volunteering with us, seeing that we had just two volunteers on team today. School holidays are difficult to cover and this is yet another reason why we are STILL recruiting volunteers. So, if you’ve been thinking about joining us and still haven’t, please get in touch.
Have you got a couple of hours to spare on a Wednesday or Friday? Sharewear are looking for drivers to deliver our outreach packs and sorted clothes to distribution points across the city. There would also be occasional collection of donations from businesses or people’s homes. The times needed are between 12.30pm and 3pm on Wednesdays, and 10am and 3pm on Fridays. You don’t have to be available for all of this time and it doesn’t have to be every week, although availability on a fortnightly basis would be very useful. Own car needed. Please ring 07724 118666 or email email@example.com for more information.
More and more people are turning to Sharewear for help to combat the crises in their lives and create change. Today, at our main base we had eight referrals, clothing sixteen people, and responded to an emergency request from the midwives of City Hospital to clothe a baby boy born just last night. Thanks to your generosity we were also able to provide the baby with towels and bedding. Clothes and shoes for another fifty people were also delivered to our partner Asian Womens’s Project. In July alone we have clothed 224 people. But, through our partners, our clothes are now distributed to families in need 5 days per week: Mondays to Wednesdays at ‘Tommy’s’ at Thomas Helwys Baptist Church, Lenton; Tuesdays and Thursdays at Asian Women’s Project; Thursday mornings at Sharewear Sneinton, Trax Centre, Sneinton Hollows; Friday mornings at Sharewear New Basford, 50 Reigate Road. So our very busy sessions on Fridays at our base in Bestwood Park are now just a part of a full-scale city-wide operation. But without a base none of this distribution can take place. So more than ever, we need to #SaveSharewear
Each week at Sharewear we just seem to keep getting busier and busier! Today we were rushed off our feet with eight referrals, clothing 28 people. Included in that were the Romanian street homeless couple above, who have only been in Nottingham for two days after several years working in Spain. Having very little English they were delighted to be able to talk in Spanish about their situation and get advice on improving their English quickly. Although all they possess fits into one small rucksack , they were already asking what they could do to volunteer here in the UK to be useful in their community. Another of many examples of people who have literally nothing, giving the one thing they can give- themselves. A lesson for all of us. Thanks to the generous giving of our clothes donors, we were able to give them what they needed: socks, blankets and a double sleeping bag. We are now appealing for a tent, as they are currently sleeping by the river, with no cover. Here in our city, right on our doorstep. This is why we need to #SaveSharewear
Want to #Save Sharewear? Help us clothe another 1000 people in the next 6 months. Here are four easy ways that you and your friends can make sure that we have a long term future, because the need for our service just keeps on growing and we have become a vital part of the voluntary sector in the county and beyond. Just £4ooo will make up the difference to secure us some bigger, safer and better premises for the year ahead at least. Please get all your friends to help!
Join our “Small Change- Big Difference” campaign by collecting small change at home or work.
Become a member of our Sharewear 100 scheme by taking out a standing order to us.(email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this).
This week at Sharewear we clothed 14 people from 6 referrals as well as 43 women at Nottingham Women’s Centre annual summer party. Two new volunteers started and lots of fantastic clothes donations were dropped off. Its amazing that the number of our clothes donors continues to grow as does the number of volunteers, but we DESPERATELY need funds to continue with our vital work. Please help if you can! #SaveSharewear