At today’s Full Council meeting (Thursday 27 June), Stirling Council approved the transfer of £8,000 from the budget for universal sanitary provision to support the online platform over the next two years.
With 19% of children in the Stirling area living in poverty, this online platform could reduce the stigma of seeking help by making it easy, anonymous and modern to source pre-loved school clothes online at no cost.
Stirling Council would be among the first local authorities in Scotland to host such an online platform.
In a report submitted to the Council earlier today, officers highlighted that parents and families can be too proud or embarrassed to seek help from school or third parties due to perceived stigma associated with asking for help.
The online platform will available to all citizens of Stirling to source pre-loved school clothing at no cost. All donations will be laundered and anonymised prior to dispatching and clothes would be posted directly to the recipient’s home address at no cost.
The funding for the portal was previously earmarked for universal sanitary provision, however due to a grant from the Scottish Government, Stirling Council funding was not required for the roll out of this service.
The pre-loved clothing online platform is to be carried out in three phases:
- Phase One – School session 2019/2020 including nurseries and primary schools
- Phase Two- School session 2020/2021 extending to high schools
- Phase Three – School session 2020/2021 begin to include prom dresses and prom suits.
We welcome donations of good quality pre-loved school clothes that are wanting to be loved again Unfortunately, we cannot accept shoes, swimwear, underwear or clothes that are damaged, rippled or heavily stained.
You can donate your pre-loved school clothing at the following Donation Points:
- Allan Centre, Bridge of Allan,
- Mayfield Centre, St. Ninians and
- Customer First, Port Street, Stirling.
More donation points are hoped to be confirmed in the near future.
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Councillor Susan McGill, Convener of the Children and Young People Committee said: “This new online platform is a welcome investment in our young people’s futures.
“Access to clothing is an important part of helping children get the best from their education as uniforms encourage a sense of pride in students and equality with their peer groups.
"This is about giving all children and families equal opportunities no matter what their background is.”
Cllr Margaret Brisley, Vice Convener of the Committee, said: “School uniforms can be a significant cost to many families and this Stirling Council move could be life-changing for some.
“We are delighted to be one of the first local authorities to support the delivery of such a platform helping to tackle poverty and reduce stigma.
"This pre-loved clothing platform underlines Stirling Council’s commitment to giving our young people the best possible learning experience.”