Aside from uniform donations and purchases, there are many other essential needs - such as shop premises, storage, transport, communications, events and funding. As a volunteer-led organisation that donates revenue from sales to partner schools, we’re a lean team reliant on partnerships to succeed.
Thank you so much to all our partners and tireless teams of talented volunteers!
Back in 2017 inspired by the cities One Planet Living initiative, Brighton & Hove Fair Trade Steering Group launched the project with the vision that sustainability can address increasing levels of waste and financial hardship in the community. Find out more about our mission and impacts.
Since then many other generous partners have got involved with invaluable help and support. Big thanks and shout outs to partners such as Brighton & Hove City Council, Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, Zedify, Brighton Open Market, Green Centre Recycling, Samara's Aid, Pelican Parcels and many more.
These partners, partner schools and community organisations are committed to achieving our shared goals of helping family finances and protecting the environment through school uniform reuse. It’s a simple yet effective circular economy model that has real potential to scale up, both locally and nationally.
Each partner school has supported the development of Smarter Uniforms and actively promoted the service to school communities of parents, carers, children and teachers. Thank you to everyone that has contributed.
Currently there are eleven partner schools across Brighton & Hove.
With poverty rates rising across the UK, some families need extra help to get school uniforms.
That’s why Smarter Uniforms partners with local community organisations to provide free uniforms for families in-need. There is a simple application process to check eligibility and all referrals must go through one of the partner organisations listed below. Social workers and schools may also refer families to us.
Please do not hesitate to contact any organisation below to apply. Last year 100 free school uniforms were available but not all we taken up, so we need your help to make the most of the offer.
Note - stock is subject to availability but we will help wherever possible, discretely and efficiently.
There are lots of opportunities for individuals and organisations to help grow the scheme and it's positive impacts. We're actively seeking new partners and volunteers to help expand our communications, distribution, sorting, storage and retail activities.