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Uniform Exchange

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  1. Uniform Exchange gives out free school uniform to families in Kirklees.

    Our overall purpose is to ensure all children across Kirklees have access to good school uniform helping to reduce social deprivation and improve access to learning. Our objectives are to reduce waste by recycling out-grown school uniform and to help poverty-proof the school day.

    We collect school uniform from our donation points in schools and in the wider community. We check, sort and deliver collected items to provide free school uniform for a child and their family, this includes blazers, logoed and plain uniform, shoes, PE kit, trainers, coats, bags, hats, gloves and underwear.

    We operate in conjunction with schools, council services, parents, certain retail outlets and other charities.

    If you would like access to free school uniform, please fill in the form from our website and email it to us at the email address provided.


Kate France
Founder and Project Director

Railway Sawmills Burbeary Road, Lockwood, Huddersfield HD1 3UN


Organisation last updated

  1. 04 July 2022

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  1. Mums launch school uniform exchange - Huddersfield Examiner July 18 2011

    A group of mums are calling on parents to donate unwanted school uniforms to poorer families. They've founded a Uniform Exchange to help Huddersfield families who won't be able to afford a new school uniform in September.

    The idea came to Kate France, Hanna Klein and Esther Lee after watching a TV programme about child poverty. They were so moved by seeing young children without their own school uniforms they immediately set about finding ways to help. After discovering school uniform grants had been cut by many Councils across the UK, they jumped into action.

    Uniform Exchange will supply donated second-hand uniforms to those who need it the most. The three mothers have been supported by Ruth Duffy and former Berry Brow teacher John Cashman who are both based at the National Children's Centre.

    And just three weeks after having the idea they are calling on parents to donate unwanted uniforms now. Kate, mum to Ethan, four, and Laana, one, of Scapegoat Hill, said: I was watching the TV programme sobbing. I was heartbroken for the children. One little boy was wearing his sister's school shirt and half-length girl's trousers. I was shocked because this is happening so locally too.

    I thought 'is there nothing anyone can do?' and the idea came from there. When Kate discovered the grants had been axed, she rallied friends and decided to do something themselves.

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