School Uniform Hub

School Uniform Hub Returns  

We’re pleased to announce the return of our school uniform appeal to support local families, in partnership with Derby Food 4 Thought Alliance (DF4TA).    

The initiative, which is organised by DF4TA and supported by Derbion, aims to support the region’s children by providing much-needed school uniform items, ahead of the new academic year.  

Until 25 August, families can drop off unwanted school uniform in the large donation box situated outside Sainsbury’s on Level 1 at Derbion. Families are welcome to contribute both branded and unbranded items, including blazers, jumpers, cardigans, shirts, polos, trousers, skirts, PE shorts, plain tracksuits and more. All donations, whether new or used, should be clean and in good condition. 

In addition, from Monday 26 – Friday 30 August, between 10am and 4pm, families can visit the School Uniform Hub at Derbion to donate or pick up pre-loved school uniform. The pop-up hub, located on Level 1 outside Iceland, will include items for both primary and secondary children, offering a more sustainable and affordable alternative for school uniforms. 

The School Uniform Hub will ensure that all donated items go to families who need them most, supporting the local community as they prepare for the new school year. As part of its ‘Derbion Cares’ initiative, this year marks Derbion’s second year supporting DF4TA with its school uniform appeal.  

How can you help? 

If you unable to donate uniform but would like to make a monetary donation please head to the Derby Food 4 Thought Alliance website, using reference School2024.  A donation of £15 would help buy new uniform to put into our shop, please don’t forget to gift aid as well.  

https://www.derbyfood4thoughtalliance.org.uk/donate

FAQs

  • When will the School Uniform Hub be open?
    The School Uniform Hub will be open from Monday 26 to Friday 30 August 10am – 4pm
  • Where will it be located?
    The Hub will be located in our Community Hub space which is located on level 1 opposite Iceland.
  • What can I expect when I visit?
    On arrival you will be greeted by one of our volunteers. They will ask you a few questions to ensure you meet the criteria to be able to receive uniform through our hub. The clothing available will be displayed around the hub. Each child will be able to claim 2 x polo shirts or shirts, 1 x jumper, 1 x trousers or skirt plus additional items such as PE kits, blazers, ties, trainers etc.

    When you are ready to leave, you will need to visit one of our volunteers for them to check your items out.

    We’re expecting the School Uniform Hub to be popular so at busy times there may be a queue as we try to manage the amount of people in the Hub at any one time. We will do our best to minimise this as much as possible.

    Please be aware there are no fitting rooms available. Trying on items will not be possible due to limited space in the hub.

    Space is limited within the hub so we advise families to visit in as small numbers as possible and to minimise the amount of pushchairs into the hub.

    There is access for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
  • Are you offering calmer shopping times?
    We will reduce the capacity in the School Uniform Hub between 10am – 11am to give a slighter calmer, quieter experience.
  • Who will qualify to received uniform?
    We want to ensure the families that need our help the most benefit from the School Uniform Hub so our volunteers will ask a few questions, like they do when people come through for food support. This information is only taken to make sure you get the best support we can offer and includes questions like ‘What is your current situation leading to you needing to access support?’
  • Where can I make uniform donations?
    You can make uniform donations at the Derbion Donation Station located outside Sainsbury’s on level 1 until 25 August.
    Derby Food 4 Thought Alliance also have other donation points which are listed on their website: www.derbyfood4thoughtalliance.org.uk



    If you are a business or have a large donation to make, please contact community@derbion.com to arrange a drop off.

    If you unable to donate uniform but would like to make a monetary donation please head to the Derby Food 4 Thought Alliance website, using reference School2024. A donation of £15 would help buy new uniform to put into our shop, please don’t forget to gift aid as well.

     https://www.derbyfood4thoughtalliance.org.uk/donate
  • Will I be able to get everything I need from the Hub for my child(ren)?
    Stock and size availability will be dependant on the donations we receive so we cannot guarantee you will find everything you need for your child’s specific school and size.
  • Do I need an appointment?
    You do not need an appointment to visit the School Uniform Hub but if you need specific advise or support then please contact Derby Food 4 Thought Alliance via email at info@df4ta.com or call us at the community hub on 01332 3461266
  • Can I pre-order uniform I know I need?
    You will not be able to pre-order uniform and will be based on stock availability at the time you visit the hub.

    I know a family in need of support, can I refer them?

    If you know someone in need of a school uniform, please contact DFFTA at info@df4ta.com or call us at the community hub on 01332 3461266
  • I need to talk about further help, how can I get in touch?
    DF4TA are aware of various channels of support available to residents of Derby. If you call in advance of your visit we can advise you of other current support that might be available to you alongside accessing the uniform support. We understand it is difficult times for many and we want to make sure all support available is accessed. please contact DF4TA at info@df4ta.com or call us on 01332 3461266