The Reuniform project is based at Trinity Methodist Church in Hull. It was set up in July 2019 as an initial idea of Emma Hardy MP, involving many other churches across Hull.
The project collects and redistributes used school uniform from across Hull and surrounding areas to those that need for free. As the cost of living goes up, it is increasingly difficult to afford the cost of school uniform – especially when some secondary uniform adds up to hundreds of pounds for each child.
It was names “Re:uniform” to remind people that we do need to “Reduce, reuse and recycle” if we are to reduce our impact on planet Earth.
Since it started, Reuniform has helped over 1000 children get free new-to-them school uniform. Starting as a termly distribution event, it has now expanded to meet a growing demand to be twice termly.
Over time, the project has teamed up with various supermarkets in the area that help with providing collection points for the clothing. Some also donated their unsaleable yet new clothing. Sharewear in Sheffield has also become a useful supplier of supermarket excess stock which would otherwise go to landfill.
In July 2020 Reuniform was a distribution point for handmade face coverings as wearing one became a legal requirement for those using public transport.
In December 2020, Reuniform also fundraised and collected donations towards providing 300 large boxes of store cupboard essentials, toiletries and Christmas treats. These were delivered to 10 of the primary schools in the areas of highest deprivation in Hull.
In January 2021 the group found there was enough left over to fund 60 more boxes which were very gratefully received by another school.
In its early days, the clothing was collected and then distributed through jumble sale type events, but with the onset of Covid, orders are now taken online though the Facebook page; bags made up and then delivered direct to homes.
All of this work would not be possible without the tireless and enthusiastic support of a large team of volunteer sorters, folders, washers and those that put clothing into bags and those that drive around delivering the bags. If you would be interested in helping in any way please do find out more on our Facebook page, or contact the coordinator Susie Steel at Trinity Methodist Church at firstname.lastname@example.org.