We had six referrals to the session today, clothing people with a very wide variety of needs. One of whom was this young man who, along with general clothing, was able to get this suit, shirt and tie for interviews which will hopefully get him into work. The session was action-packed as usual as, in addition to above , we made a delivery and processed another one for next week. One of our volunteers said she was off to bed for an hour to recover from the session when she got home! Just another Friday at Sharewear!
Helping us clothe two families today were some unexpected volunteers! Angela Cooke, daughter of CEO Louise lent a hand during her brief break from post-graduate training, and Isobel and Terushi came with their mums too! And many hands certainly made light work, replenishing stocks from our donations. Go girls!
We received great news today! Ian, Sharewear volunteer for the last 18 months, has been given a full-time job! Ian, then long-term unemployed, joined us as a volunteer in February 2016 through the charity which was then supporting him — Hope into Action. Ian’s support from them ended later that year, but volunteering with us continued to provide him with the confidence and skills needed to help him secure a job. “I am so grateful for all the support, belief and friendship the team at Sharewear have given me,” says Ian. “You never let me stop believing that I would get back into work — and I have!” We are so pleased to have been able to play such a big part in helping Ian to return to employment and continue to rebuild his life.
A very busy session today saw us with a skeleton team of volunteers, managing to clothe 5 families, including a locally housed family from Syria. In another family the mum was delighted to be given everything her daughter needed to be able to attend camp with school in September, including wellies, waterproof coat, onesie, trainers and tracksuit bottoms.
Children from The Trinity School arrived with a mini bus full of donations on Friday, and were met by Paddington, our Sharewear Schools mascot. The school, a long-time supporter of our work, will hopefully be joining our Sharewear Schools Programme in the autumn. In addition to this, we also clothed two families on site – 4 adults and 4 children – including coats and bedding, and continued to prepare a large delivery of clothing for young adults at one of our partner organisations — Mansfield YMCA.
Here are just some of our amazing team, who coped with our busiest ever two months. In the first half of 2017 we have clothed 1,700 people, two thirds of them by delivery to other charities and groups who distribute our clothes to their service users. In May and June alone we have clothed over 80o people, and have been able to easily respond to the Grenfell Tower fire by working with charity Human Aid to support 20 families with the specific items they need. All of this is only possible through the loyalty of our clothes donors and the hard work of our dedicated volunteer team.