Town centre shop to open offering free school uniforms to Burnley families struggling to foot the bill to kit out their children

Burnley Together is to open a shop where families struggling to make ends meet can get free school uniforms for their children.

Burnley Together, which brings together public, private and voluntary organisations from across the borough, has created ‘Re-love your Pre-loved school uniforms’, a scheme which makes donated used school uniforms available to families with children who need kitting out for the coming school year.

And they are relying on the public to donate any items their children have grown out of.

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A temporary shop offering free school uniform items to parents in Burnley struggling to foot the bill is opening in the town centre

A temporary shop will open in Burnley town centre later this month where people can go and pick up items such as shirts and trousers that will be acceptable uniform at any primary or secondary school.

The scheme is open to anyone and is a great way of saving money as well as helping protect the environment by recycling and reducing waste.

A Burnley Together spokesman said: “We know buying new school uniform can be expensive and that a lot of uniforms are thrown away when a child either outgrows it or leaves school.

“Why let all those pre-loved uniforms go to waste when there are families out there who need to save money? We’re asking people to donate any school uniform items that are no longer needed so they can be put to good use again.

“We think it’s a great idea that should get top marks with families across our borough.”

The Re-love your Pre-loved school uniform shop will be open in Chancery Walk in Charter Walk shopping centre, Burnley, from Monday-Friday 15th-19th August, and Mon-Fri 22nd-29th August. Opening hours will be between 11am-3pm, apart from Thursday which will be 2pm-6pm.

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The shop will be staffed by volunteers. Any donated items that are not deemed suitable for re-use will be recycled.

Clothing retail giant Primark is supporting the scheme by giving advice on how to set up the shop and by providing equipment such as clothing rails and hangers.

Donated school uniforms can be dropped off at the following locations: The Best Centre; Community Grocer, Valley Street community centre; Gannow community centre; Burnley Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Barden Lane; Burnley Wood community centre; Charter House, Morse Street; Tesco Extra, Burnley; Asda (George), Burnley; Healthier Heroes, Burnley Market; and Cabin Care and Share, The Fold.