School uniform donation appeal launched: Councillor Godwin launches school uniform donation appeal

04 Aug 2020

Children and Young People

School uniform donation appeal launched

Bristol City Council aims to support families struggling to pay for uniforms ahead of new term

Families in Bristol are being encouraged to donate items of uniform they no longer need to help others prepare for school.

Unwanted items can be dropped off at City Hall and will be distributed to families at the end of the summer through partners such as Families in Focus teams, children’s centres, community organisations and food banks.

Councillor Helen Godwin, Cabinet Member for Women, Children and Young People, and Lead Member for Children's Services, said: “Many families across the city are struggling financially in the economic fall-out of the Covid-19 crisis and buying a school uniform is another expense for parents who are already under a lot of pressure. Parents are having to cut back on essentials or get into debt just to buy their children’s school uniforms.

“Often a perfectly good uniform could go to landfill because it doesn’t fit any more, so we’d like to appeal to parents in Bristol to instead donate what they don’t need to help someone else.

“We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of people in communities who have been supporting each other over the last few months and I’m confident that yet again we’ll see Bristol residents come together to help those less fortunate.”

A donation point has been set up in the front foyer at City Hall and will be open between 7am and 7pm, Monday-Friday until Friday 21 August. 

Anyone wishing to donate is reminded that all donations should be unbranded, clean, washed and in good condition.

Anyone in need of a uniform this autumn should contact their local ward councillor or the Mayor's Office by emailing mayor@bristol.gov.uk.

Please respect social distancing measures when donating uniforms.