Whitehawk Library to host free school uniform pop-up this week

From Wednesday 30 August to Saturday 2 September, Smarter Uniforms, Brighton & Hove's innovative school uniform reuse project, will host a free pop-up event at Whitehawk Library.  

A range of generic uniform items and branded items from local primary and secondary schools will be available at the pop-up, which will be open from 10am to 5pm every day. 

As we approach the new school year, the cost of buying uniforms can place further pressure on parents and carers. The pop-up will offer new and high-quality second-hand school uniform items free of charge to families that are feeling the impact of the cost-of-living crisis.  

In addition to helping families access free school uniforms at the pop-up event, Smarter Uniforms is helping to reduce unnecessary textile waste in Brighton & Hove by keeping items in use for as long as possible. 

Valuable support 

Councillor Lucy Helliwell, Joint Chair of the Children, Families & Schools Committee, said: “Smarter Uniforms’ free pop-up event will offer valuable support to parents and carers as they prepare for the start of the new school year.  

“Not only will this initiative ease the financial burden this time of year places on many families, but it also supports our city-wide shift towards a circular economy by reducing waste, keeping products and materials in use for longer and protecting natural resources.” 

Online marketplace  

Smarter Uniforms is also helping parents and carers to make money by selling their unwanted and outgrown school uniform items through its online marketplace. More information about the marketplace can be found on the Smarter Uniforms website.   

Last year, Smarter Uniforms distributed over 7,500 school uniform items to families throughout the city.  

Anna McDevitt, Community Outreach and Project Co-ordinator at Smarter Uniforms, said: “Our online marketplace is a place where anyone can buy and sell local school uniform items. It’s easy to use and a great way for people to earn some extra money this summer whilst stopping unwanted uniforms from being thrown away and creating waste.” 

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