School equipment for hard-up Caerphilly families
12:02pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
WITH the new school term starting this week, a uniform bank has hundreds of uniforms and many other items ready to give out to hard-up families around Caerphilly county.
It is operating from the Oasis Christian centre on Bryn Road, Cefn Fforest and aims to provide items such as uniforms, coats, shoes, sportswear, swimwear, school bags and stationary free of charge to youngsters aged three to 18.
Hats, scarves, wellington boots, lunch boxes and even pencil cases have also been left as more and more businesses and organisations lend their support.
The initiative was set up by Amanda Sullivan originally to help out people from around the Blackwood area. But, since a room was set up in the Christian centre for equipment in July, it has received hundreds of items.
Cefn Fforest Primary was the first to get involved but items have now been left by Oakdale Comprehensive and Blackwood Comprehensive and Primary as well.
While Ms Sullivan and other volunteers have begun taking referrals from social services of needy families, they are still looking for businesses and organisations that can help out by giving even more donations of old or unwanted uniforms.
Also, any businesses who could provide vouchers that hard-up families can then use to exchange for uniforms or equipment.
They have been put in touch with families from all over the borough, so believe there is going to be a big demand.
Ms Sullivan said: “The initiative was launched at the local church to help communities struggling in the current economic climate with the aim of supporting families by providing them with the opportunity to receive school-related items free of charge.”
To get involved or to ask about gaining clothing or equipment, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Amanda Sullivan on 07800901410.
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