How You Can Help

SmartStart gives struggling families non-branded school uniforms, coats, sports kit and stationery for children in pre-school, primary and secondary school. It helps families throughout the school year but the majority of kit is given out in the run up to the new school year in August.

You can help us by donating any of the following: 
-    Non-branded new school uniform items from high street back to school ranges.
-    New sports kit from high street back to school ranges
-    Stationery like pencil cases, pens, folders, jotters, maths sets, and calculators
-    New and good quality second hand dressing up costumes suitable for World Book Day and other dressing up events
-    Useful everyday items like school bags, sports bags, new socks and underwear

Download a copy of our SmartStart supporter leaflet here and our campaign poster here

Make a financial donation

We aim to distribute one million pounds of school clothes and kit in the next 4 years. Help us reach our target by:
-    Texting SMART to 70500 to donate £5
-    Making a donation on our dedicated SmartStart campaign page
-    Sending a cheque made payable to 'Wood Street Mission' 26 Wood Street, Manchester M3 3EF

Donating school uniform goods?

We pick up donations from homes and business around the Greater Manchester area 5 days a week. Call 0161 834 3140 to arrange a collection. Or you can drop donations off to our central Manchester office just off Deansgate 5 days a week between 8.30 and 4.30.  

Regarding donating by text: Wood Street Mission (registered charity number 1078337) will receive 100% of your donation. You will be charged for one standard text message plus your donation. To donate but opt out of receiving future updates from us via text, text SMART NO INFO. Text service provider Vir2 Mobile’s helpline 0330 660 0425.

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