Soroptimists donated their high-quality unwanted items and Annette Davies took 6 bags of women’s clothing along to the Community Sharewear office at Fort Luton on 15 May.
In March 2023, Kent & Medway Community Sharewear was launched which is a SATEDA-run project and a franchise of Community Sharewear based in Nottingham. It is the first franchise to be launched in the South East.
It’s simple. They collect high-quality unwanted, clean clothes, and provide them free-of-charge to women and children in economic difficulty, including those fleeing domestic abuse and living a life after abuse. They are using a combination of a referral system for individuals and an outreach service for organisations.
An additional bonus is that Community Sharewear are benefiting the environment reducing clothing waste by meeting clothing needs for women and children.
Over the next year Community Sharewear aims to help more than 500 women and children. They are holding Mobile Sharewear days and Soroptimists will be volunteering at the next one on 17 June at The Rainham Church Eco Hub between 10 am and 3pm.