Town grant for school uniform scheme

Published 29th August 2019

Cllrs Davies and Crompton with Rebecca Eaves and Matt Nott front Oliver,Drew and Alex

A £490 grant has been given to the Oak Tree Centre organisation to help them to set up a uniform bank to help people on low incomes to provide school clothing for children. 

Sandwell Council's Town Grants team has awarded the money to the Centre, which is based at the King's Community Church in Tame Road, Oldbury. 

The group asked for funding so that they would be able to help as many families as possible faced with the expensive task of providing school uniforms. 

They want to support families on low incomes by setting up a uniform bank and having uniforms available for children and young people so they can comply with school uniform codes. 

The funding from Local Area Budget has funded purchase of equipment such as storage boxes, coat hangers and clothes rails, printing costs for promotional costs and stationary for the project.

Councillor Maria Crompton, cabinet member for Safer Communities, said: "This grant will help this group to provide vital help to families struggling to provide clothing to meet the school's uniform code. 

"Everyone knows how expensive it is to provide uniforms for children and this scheme helps people on low family incomes to get the necessary uniforms for local schools." 

The uniform will include items such as jumpers, shirts, trousers, skirts, shoes, P.E. items, bags and blazers.  The uniform has been collected from schools' lost property and has then been washed and repaired if required and then stored at the Oak Tree Centre before being redistributed to families in need.

The funding from Local Area Budget has funded purchase of equipment such as storage boxes, coat hangers and clothes rails, printing costs for promotional costs and stationary for the project.