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We have launched a new project to kit out all local children living in poverty for school.

SmartStart Manchester & Salford will give local families school uniform and sports kits so their children can fit in and achieve at school.

It is open to all low income families in Manchester and Salford who have children in pre-school, primary and secondary school and are struggling to afford school costs.

It costs on average about £220 to send a child back to school in September - a bill many families cannot afford. This means their children may have to go to school in the wrong or worn uniform, miss out on activities or be embarrassed or bullied by peers. 

SmartStart Manchester & Salford helps families out with school costs so they don’t have to cut back on other essentials or get into debt and means their children can fit in and engage in school.

Roseanne Sweeney chief executive said:

“Doing well at school is key to breaking the cycle of poverty but many families can’t afford the costs of school which negatively impacts on children’s experience of school. SmartStart helps families at an expensive time of year and helps their children fit in so they are more likely to grow up to fulfil their potential. It’s a great way to help local children in a very practical way and invest in the future.”

SmartStart Manchester & Salford will help families throughout the year with non-branded school clothes, with the busiest time of year the run up to September.

Download our SmartStart leaflet, and our press release about the project

To donate to SmartStart please visit our campaign page or text SMART to 70500 to donate £5

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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