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Metal shed housing second hand school uniform for parents to access for free or for what they can afford

Bosbury Uniform Shed

Innovative uniform swapping shed at Bosbury Primary supports the environment and families.

In the summer of 2023, Friends of Bosbury School (FOBS) introduced a second-hand uniform swap in a secure, self-service shed positioned within the grounds of the school. Operating on a self-service basis families can drop off donations of second-hand uniforms in good condition and take any items they need. The shed is accessible to all parents and carers of students that attend the school and is secured with a simple 4 code padlock.

This initiative not only ensures that all students have access to affordable school uniforms in a private setting but also reduces waste.

FOBS spearheaded the project, raising funds to purchase and install the uniform shed, which cost £540. The shed was installed during the summer break, ensuring it was ready for use at the start of the new school year and has been a great success since.

Benefits and Success

  1. Privacy and Anonymity: One of the standout features of the uniform shed is its emphasis on privacy. Unlike many uniform exchanges this setup allows families to access and donate uniforms discreetly. This aspect has been highly appreciated by the school community, as it removes any stigma associated with needing second-hand items.
  2. Environmental Impact: The initiative promotes recycling and reduces waste. By reusing school uniforms, the school community contributes to environmental sustainability, teaching students the importance of reducing their carbon footprint.
  3. Financial Relief: School uniforms can be a significant expense for families. The FOBS second-hand shed provides a cost-effective solution, ensuring that all students have access to uniforms without causing financial strain on their families. Monetary donations for taken items are appreciated but are are not mandatory, making the service accessible to everyone regardless of their financial situation.
  4. Community Engagement: The involvement of parents and carers in the operation of the shed has strengthened the sense of community within the school. The volunteer system has provided opportunities for parents to engage more deeply with the school, fostering stronger relationships and a supportive network.
  5. Smooth Operation: Since its inception, the uniform shed has operated without any significant issues.