“Many of the parents have broken down and cried with relief receiving the uniform packs as financial hardship is a huge issue for many of the families we support. One parent stated that if it hadn’t been for the school pack she thought she would have to keep her child off at the start of school term until the shops reduced the price of the uniforms as she had been struggling so much.” – a Family Support Worker.
“I love my bag, look mum I have a pencil case and a water bottle! When does school go back?” (from a child who did not want to return to school due to previously not “being the same” as the other kids who were all in uniform).
“The uniform is such good quality and the school bags are lovely. This enables the children who receive them to fit in with all the other children at school. They don’t stand out because they are wearing poor quality clothing or because they don’t have a school uniform at all. The uniform bags help remove some of the stigma of poverty.” – a Family Support Worker.
“The Edinburgh School Uniform Bank is one of the best resources I have come across for families in Edinburgh. The fact that it is non-means tested means that it is really simple and easy to refer people. It also provides an additional safety net for hundreds of families who don’t quite qualify for the Council School Uniform Grant. It is non-stigmatising, very efficient and very easy to use. All of my colleagues greatly value the ESUB and have come to rely on it. We really appreciate the fantastic assistance you give to families. It makes a huge difference.” – a Family Support Worker.
“I am emailing to thank you very much for the uniform you supplied for one of the young people I work with. It was fantastic and really appreciated by the family. As soon as I handed it over the girl put on the coat and was looking through the lovely new back pack. It was so good to see her looking clean and fresh in the new uniform with a big smile on her face. It means now that when she is in school she will look just like any other pupil.” – an Education Welfare Officer.
“I am delighted to have the Edinburgh School Uniform Bank based in my constituency. The work they do to provide school uniforms and materials to families experiencing financial hardship makes an enormous difference to children and parents across the whole of the city of Edinburgh. A lot of thought and effort is put in by the volunteers involved and their support goes a long way to reduce the worry of parents struggling to provide essentials for their children. I am pleased that my team and I can go a small way to support their work by our office acting as a donation drop off point.” – Joanna Cherry QC, MP for Edinburgh South West.