FAQs

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions to consider when developing Kit For All in your area.

Carry out some research on other programmes doing similar work around clothing recycling or preloved clothing initiatives. You can also speak with the Active Schools team and Sports Development Team to see if they can support with gathering interest and potential connections across the local authority, for example local schools, health services, community organisations, community sports hubs, local sports clubs and active schools.

Target promotion and engagement around your local community. Social media will allow you to reach out to different people - you could create a hashtag or use #PassItOn then ask partners to promote on their social media too.  Posters in specific areas of your community can give you create exposure, like health centres, doctors, community centres, sport centres and local supermarkets.

There are two key messages:

  • Help people in your community save money by encouraging people to pass sports kit on.
  • Support the environment by encouraging people in your community to pass sports kit on.

Speak with your local primary or secondary schools to see if they would be interested in the clothing/kit for children to take part in PE. Think about where you can store kit, you might find the ideal person next week or next month, sports kit doesn’t go out of date so it is helpful to consider storage as part of your project.

There are many ways to gather items and the list below details some options:

  • Wheelie bins at specific sites with good thoroughfare
  • Use of trollies in shopping centres, garden centres and leisure centres
  • Donation boxes in schools or community centres
  • Using the lockers within schools
  • Partnering with your local food bank or recycling organisation

This will depend on the size and scale of your project. If it is to span over a full local authority area, then a large workforce may be required - you could ask for volunteers to help with collection, cleaning and distributing items. You might also think about partnering with a local charity or third sector organisation who could offer support.

Within local authorities there are people who work with those in need, and they could be key to helping to identify people who could benefit from donations. Schools have knowledge of the most vulnerable children and families who may need sports kit. Additionally, schools could be a donation centre for kit, could perhaps help with volunteers and act as an advertisement centre for Kit for All. Local businesses, youth groups, colleges, universities, cleaning services, community hubs, and climate change partners can also help you to engage your local community.

Through the use of partners working with families in need, online platforms such as a website e.g. Preloved Stirling and community events or specific Kit for All events. Consider which method would work best in your local community and how the stigma can be reduced for those receiving or looking for kit.

All kit must be clean before being distributed. At collection points you could have a bin for washed clothing and a bin for unwashed. Consider different partnerships such as a local cleaning service or a school with washing machine to help with cleaning and even ask for donations of drying racks and cleaning supplies.

Engage with those involved in the project, including contributors, donators, and volunteers. You can share case studies and success stories on your social media then ask for feedback through online surveys to look for ways to improve the programme and strengthen community spirit.

Date published: 24 February 2022
Date updated: 10 March 2022

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