When money is tight at home, a child might not have the uniform and equipment they need for school. They are unlikely to be able to do fun things in the school holidays and they are more likely to suffer with mental health problems and low self-esteem.
The good news is that we are working to help families with the costs of school, so their children have a level chance.
David (not his real name) heard about Level Trust’s Uniform Exchange through his children’s school family worker. The Exchange is a place where families can swap uniform they have finished with for uniform they need. The family worker reassured him that he didn’t need to be shy or embarrassed.
“The night before the family worker told me about the Uniform Exchange I was going to keep the kids off school. Their trousers were too small. We’d been saying to the teachers every week “we’ll get them next week” but we couldn’t. We were lying.
“Then, in the matter of a day, getting free uniform from the Uniform Exchange took a weight off my shoulders. The kids look smart now. I love it! It meant we could get the rent sorted after being in arrears. It was the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Level Trust is asking people to share the love this Valentine’s Day, by giving to the Uniform Exchange (upstairs in The Mall) so they can support more families like David’s. You can donate uniform, make a financial contribution, or give your time by signing up to volunteer.