SmartStart Appeal

SmartStart Manchester & Salford helps kit out children for school by providing school uniform, sports kit and stationery.

Many families struggle to afford the costs of school which can mean their children are embarrassed or bullied by peers for wearing the wrong uniform, or get into trouble for breaking school rules.

This leads to children feeling different and left out, so they lose interest in doing well at school.

We help children fit in and achieve at school by providing families with practical support with school uniform through our community shop and a customised back-to-school project.

It is a year round project but the summer is our busiest period as we kit out thousands of children for the new school year.

You can help by donating any of the following items:

- New non-branded school uniform in standard school colours such as polo shirts, shirts, trousers, skirts, sweatshirts, cardigans, summer dresses, black shoes.

- New non branded sports kit such as jogging bottoms, sweat tops, gym shorts and skirts, plimsolls, trainers.

- Dressing up costumes – new and good quality second hand - suitable for younger children for charity fundraising days and World Book days

- Stationery such as new pens, pencil cases, jotters, calculators, maths sets

- Other everyday items e.g new school bags, sports bags, lunch boxes, packets of socks and underwear

Drop donations off at our central Manchester base just off Deansgate Monday to Friday or call us on 0161 834 3140 for collection details

Visit our SmartStart Manchester & Salford page for futher information, and read our SmartStart 2016 press release here

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