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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-02750

Glasgow's Pre-loved Uniforms Improving Accessibility and Sustainability of School Uniforms

Submitted by: Paul Sweeney, Glasgow, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Thursday, January 13, 2022

Supported by: Neil Bibby, Miles Briggs, Bob Doris, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Pam Gosal, Bill Kidd, Paul O'Kane, Alexander Stewart, Mercedes Villalba, Sue Webber, Martin Whitfield
Current status: Achieved cross-party support

That the Parliament commends the efforts of Donna Henderson, who runs Glasgow's Pre-loved Uniforms; notes that the charity has been formally constituted since March 2020, but that Donna set up the initial uniform bank in Balornock in 2017; recognises that the main aims of the organisation are to encourage the re-use and recycling of pre-loved school uniforms, and to provide free school uniform to those who need it; understands that the service is available to all families, but that the charity also provides clothing for vulnerable young people in particular, including those who have been referred through social services and children who are refugees or seeking asylum; acknowledges that people can donate uniforms that they no longer need by using the various collection bins that are located in local schools and community centres across Glasgow, including within three Co-operative stores in Dennistoun, Croftfoot and Crown Street, Gorbals, as of June 2021, in collaboration with Co-op Member Pioneer Claire Parkes; commends the promotion of sustainable recycling of quality clothing amidst the rise of "fast fashion", particularly following COP26 that was hosted by the city, and thanks Donna and the volunteers at Glasgow's Pre-loved Uniforms for their efforts in making access to school uniform as fair and equal as possible.