Visit our website: www.wirralfuss.co.uk

 

The Wirral FUSS (Free Uniform for Secondary School) project was launched here at St. Luke’s 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 97% of the 22 Secondary Schools and 73% of the 106 Primary Schools on the Wirral. Our aim is to distribute good quality recycled uniform FREE, without judgement of family circumstances. In the last three years alone we have been able to help 5475 WIRRAL FAMILIES with 33262 ITEMS of school uniform, meaning that 14.5 TONNES of clothes were saved from landfill.

Why School Uniform? Kitting out a child for the start of Primary or Secondary School can be a costly business – at least £300 to £350 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 needing uniform and other items can contact us by email: wirralfuss@gmail.com and by phone: 07731 831936. 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 both Secondary & Primary School Uniform.

Wirral FUSS is ecumenical. As well as local Hubs at Methodist Churches in Hoylake, Lower Bebington and Moreton, we also partner with Parkgate & Neston URC, St Andrew’s New Brighton and Seacombe URC; we also have a shop unit in Birkenhead. 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.

We love to receive your donations of uniforms which your children have grown out of by placing it into the collection drum in our foyer or at your school. We would also love to hear from you if you would like to get involved with us and can offer 2-3 hours each week in this amazing and very worthwhile project.

Here at St Luke’s Wirral FUSS our staff are generally available to help families from 9.30am to 12.30pm every 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).

WITH CURRENT SAFETY RESTRICTIONS, NONE OF OUR HUBS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, BUT YOU CAN STILL PLACE YOUR REQUEST ONLINE AND IT WILL BE FULFILLED WHEN WE ARE ALLOWED TO RE-OPEN.