Clothes donation helps service users dress for success

Clothes donation helps service users dress for success image

Caption: Interserve’s Lynne Morrison (pictured centre) handing donated clothes to TWW’s chief exec Angela Murphy (left) and volunteer Sheila Hillyard.

 

Clothes given by women from across Interserve have been donated to an “inspirational” charity that supports female service users in Merseyside.

The Tomorrow Women’s Wirral (TWW) charity is a female only centre where people can address their issues to help them lead a happier, healthier lifestyle.

Women service users supervised by the Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company (M CRC) are among those who benefit from the charity’s facilities.

The centre, based in Beckwith St East, Birkenhead, runs a wide range of initiatives aimed at supporting women. These include probation supervision and courses, cooking, craft classes and activities.

Lynne Morrison, head of commercial for Interserve’s justice business, has organised donations for several years after being impressed following a visit she made to learn more about the centre.

She said: “I always feel inspired when I visit the project. I am thrilled that the clothes we donate can have such a positive impact on people’s lives, and support the work carried out by TWW.

“Behind every woman is a child or a family, and so when TWW supports someone who is making positive changes to their lives, that impact has positive repercussions for others.”

Donated clothes are sorted by TWW’s volunteers and women carrying out Community Payback. The items are steamed and displayed at the centre’s New2You charity shop.

Clothes and other donations sold by New2You help raise funds for TWW, and office wear is also given to women preparing for interviews and other formal events. Any unsold clothes are either recycled in TWW’s craft room, upcycled or used for rag-rugging – all of which help women learn seamstress skills.

Sheila Hillyard has volunteered at New2You for nine months and works twice a week at the shop.

She said: “Obviously we depend on donations for our stock, and so we are delighted that Interserve, through Lynne’s passion, makes a regular donation in this way.”

Angela Murphy, TWW’s chief executive officer, added: “We see day in and day out that TWW makes a huge difference to people’s lives. New2You teaches people new skills, helps provide our service users with the clothes they need to impress at interviews, and it also helps us raise invaluable funds.”

Interserve runs five Community Rehabilitation Company, including Merseyside.

Lynne said: “I was first struck by New2You because I learned how every woman who had made use of the clothes for interviews had gone on to be successful and gain employment or volunteer positions. It was humbling and such a powerful message of hope.

“If you want to help someone to get their lives going in the right direction, donating clothes, hats, shoes, bags and toiletries is such a positive, practical step.”