YTHAN VALLEY ROTARY
CLOTHING BANK LAUNCH 20TH JANUARY 2020
Ythan Valley Rotary was the first new club to be chartered in the UK in the Rotary Year 2019-2020 and in another “first”, it is the first Rotary Club in the North East of Scotland to set up a Clothing Bank.
Following a feasibility study and a number of meetings with professionals from the Health Service, education and the local Food Bank, a team of 4 from Ythan Valley Rotary is progressing with creating a free clothing service. In the form of a Clothing Bank, clean clothes, which are in good condition, will be made available in “bespoke” clothes packs to those families, single people and groups who have found themselves in a situation where a set of good and clean clothes would help through a difficult time, whatever that may deemed to be.
The process for operating this service is simple. Those finding themselves in such need can access it via Ellon Food Bank, or through the Health Visitors based at Ellon and Haddo Health Centres or through Ellon Academy. Using the professionals as the channel for referrals, the Ythan Valley team will make up the clothing packs on request and ensure that they reach the professionals as quickly as possible. The professionals will disburse the clothes packs and the anonymity of all parties will be preserved.
Key to the success of all of this is a storage facility and this is where Methlick Parish Church came to the rescue. Offering a store belonging to the church, Colin Presly, Session Clerk of Methlick Parish Church, says, “This is a super opportunity for Methlick Church to work with Ythan Valley Rotary which has identified a hidden need in our local communities.”
The Clothing Bank Team is now calling on the good will of the local communities by asking people to contribute clean clothes, which are in good condition, to enable it to create clothes packs for those who come through the professionals’ referral system. Clothes to suit all ages, except baby clothes, shoes and school uniforms, will be welcome. Ellon Food Bank’s Karen Butchart says, “We will be really delighted to receive clothes for the Clothes Bank between 10.00 am and 12 noon on Mondays and Fridays at our HQ on Station Road. It has the potential to become a great service.”
A spokesperson for Ythan Valley said, “Apart from going a little way to maintaining people’s dignity through whatever crisis they may find themselves in, this service also offers the opportunity to recycle clothes. And because we are firmly supportive of the need to reduce plastics, we shall be using recyclable packaging whenever we can. And so we look forward to our local communities supporting us as we launch this service on the 20th January.”
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