So much goodwill, so much generosity: it’s time for an update.
The deal on the lease of our Bolton town centre store is still not complete but that hasn’t curbed the enthusiasm from our ever-increasing band of supporters.
We’ve got Johnsons the Cleaners – part of The Timpson Group – on board and they’re dry cleaning all our clothing donations. Each store throughout Greater Manchester will also be a drop point for clothing donations from the public.
This is such a great offer and we’re extremely grateful to Johnsons and look forward to our relationship growing from strength to strength. Lesley and her team in the Burnden road Bolton branch have already been working hard for us as donations have come in thick and fast.
Thank you so much to Garry Taylor at The Print Room, Manchester Road Bolton for sponsoring the printing of the drop point bags for the Johnsons stores- www.the-print-room.co.uk
Thanks also to construction firm Seddons www.seddons.co.uk for organising our first external clothing drive and to all our Bolton at Home staff who’ve been clearing out their wardrobes for us too. The quality of clothing received so far has been excellent and I’ve been overwhelmed with how generous people have been. Please keep it coming.
Interestingly we seem to be receiving more men’s than women’s clothing. When I’ve asked for feedback it seems the logo and branding appear quite masculine and infers we are just a men’s service. That’s useful to know. I’ll be making some tweaks here and there.
Thank you to Chris Baldwin from Asda who’s been promoting us and hosted a promotional event in the Astley Bridge store. Myself and a team of volunteers spent a Saturday at the store talking to the public about Working Wardrobe and taking clothing donations. It was a massive success and definitely something we will do again. Thanks Chris.
Thank you also to Bolton FM www.boltonfm.com and Keith Harris for all the promoting they have done for us so far on the airwaves. Your presenter Andy Woodend was so good and worked his socks off for us on the Asda promotion day.
In my previous working life I was very used to the hard sell. This project doesn’t need the sell. I’m getting lots of phone calls from potential referrers all delighted with the prospect of offering the final piece in getting people interview ready.
And organisations are offering their support in many different ways. Every day I’m out and about talking to stakeholders and I love hearing their feedback and suggestions – please keep them coming! There’s a real buzz about Working Wardrobe. It’s heart-warming and I’m so happy to be leading on it.
Finally, let me tell you about a training course for employed customers I facilitated a few weeks ago. By the end of the short course every one of the ten attendees was offered an interview with a local employer.
However, three of the group told me they’d been out of work for so long they’d nothing to wear for the interview, and no money to buy anything.
We sorted them out with what they needed but it reinforced just how important Working Wardrobe will be to be the unemployed men and women of Bolton. The sooner we’re up and running the better!