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Clothes bank opens in Orford
8:00am Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
MOST of us have become familiar with food banks in the past year, but now a clothes bank is open in town.
Launched in March, the Warrington Clothes Bank Project is a new initiative developed by Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT), Warrington Borough Council and the Orford Neighbourhood Project.
Its aim is to provide good, second-hand clothing for vulnerable people who find themselves in financial hardship.
Patrick Christie, project co-ordinator, said:”Through Golden Gates Housing Trust, a need was identified to provide good quality used clothing, initially for the elderly and vulnerable people in the area. For instance, those who have recently returned home after a long stay in hospital and the homeless.
“Like the food bank though, due to the current economic climate, the need for clothing extends to all people who find themselves in financial difficulty.”
Based at the Orford community hub ,on Festival Avenue, the project is being staffed by volunteers from the council’s Adult Learners Service and residents.
Operating via a voucher system, eligible recipients will be able to access the clothes bank by referral through a number of agencies, such as GGHT, WBC, Age UK, and Access to Social Care.
The service is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1pm to 3pm. For more details or donations, call 232030, or e-mail tonp@btconnect.
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