Visit our website: www.wirralfuss.co.uk
The Wirral FUSS (Free Uniform for Secondary School) project was launched in 2012 as part of the church’s mission to serve our local community and is a demonstration of faith in action and God’s love for all. In 2015 Wirral FUPS (Free Uniform for Primary School) started as a response to the needs of families contacting Wirral FUSS. We now work in partnership with almost all the 22 local Secondary Schools and a quarter of the 100 Primary Schools on the Wirral. Our aim is to distribute good quality recycled uniform, FREE, without judgement of family circumstances. So far we have been able to help around 1900 families with their school uniform needs.
Why School Uniform? Kitting out a child for the start of Primary or Secondary School can be a costly business – at least £250 to £320 per child – not to mention PE Kit, bags, school shoes, coats, and replacing outgrown items. Surveys have shown that affording school uniform has a major impact on the monthly budget of families living on low incomes, and plays a significant part in family poverty and debt issues. The lack of proper School Uniform can also be a cause of social exclusion and stigma: around 400,000 children in the UK are sent home from school every year for wearing ‘incorrect’ clothing. At the same time vast quantities of outgrown uniform and ‘lost property’ currently end up as landfill. Wirral FUSS / FUPS aims to address all these issues in our community.
Families looking for uniform and other items can contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone: 0151 632 6524. Our website: www.wirralfuss.co.uk contains all our contact information, the locations and opening times of our SEVEN local Hubs, an introductory video, details of all the schools served by each Hub, AND an online REQUEST FORM for reserving Secondary School Uniform.
Wirral FUSS is ecumenical. As well as local Hubs at Methodist Churches in Hoylake, Tranmere, Lower Bebington and Moreton, we also work through the Wirral Christian Centre’s Oxton Gateway in Birkenhead, Parkgate & Neston URC and St Chad’s Church of England in Irby. All our Hubs depend upon the hard work of our volunteers, who pick up uniform donated in the schools, sort, mend, wash and label it, and gather together the items to fulfil each request.
Here at St Luke’s Wirral FUSS staff are generally available to help families from 9.30am to 12.30pm every Monday and Wednesday. Requested items can also be picked up and clothing donated: on Tuesdays (1.15-3.15pm in term-time), Fridays (11.30am-1.30pm) and Sundays (11.45am-12.45pm).