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Need clothes or shoes? You're not alone.

Luton Clothing Bank is run by The Courtney Foundation. We redistribute free clothes, shoes and bedding to people experiencing financial difficulty in Luton. If you’d like to request support for yourself or on behalf of someone else please contact us by emailing info@thecourtneyfoundation.org.

Baby & Children's Boxes

Drop-in for free baby and children’s clothes in ages 0-8 years. Visit Discover Islam, 37C Upper George St, LU1 2RD betweeen 10am-4pm, Monday to Saturday. Call 01582 452356. Or visit Community Needs, Trinity Community Centre, 3 Trinity Road, LU3 1TR between 10am-4pm, Wed-Fri. Call first before visting on 01582 563871.

Corporate Support

Can your organisation support Luton Clothing Bank? We’ll always be grateful for any contributions towards our printing needs and eco-friendly packaging, especially large sized reuseable and recycable bags to pack clothes in. Please get in touch to discuss the ways you might be able to get involved.

Regular Giving

Raising funds is essential for us to buy equipment, secure our premises and cover volunteer expenses. Regular donations can be set up through PayPal here. All funds raised will go towards supporting local people experiencing financial difficulty through Luton Clothing Bank. Or support us through JustGiving here.

How you can help

Volunteer

Could you help sort items, pick up donations or deliver clothes to people? Find out more about volunteering for The Courtney Foundation to support Luton Clothing Bank by emailing melissa@thecourtneyfoundation.org.

Contact us

Send us an email, text or call and we'll arrange an informal chat.

Induction

We'll send you our Volunteer Handbook and run an online induction to cover the basics.

Safeguarding

We'll carry out any necessary safeguarding checks and provide appropriate training.

Ready to go

We'll work together to make sure you can get the most out of volunteering..

Donate clothes

Clothes can be donated at either of our drop-off points in the town centre. Find more details about what items we accept in the FAQs below.

We are currently not accepting donations of clothes. Please follow us on social media to stay up-to-date about when we will be accepting items again. Please continue to support us by supporting our fundraising campaign, if you can.

Donate equipment

Equipment can be donated at either of our drop-off points in the town centre. We’re currently in need of the following items:

  • Steamer
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Large eco-friendly bags
  • Airers
  • Large laundry baskets/bins
  • Stackable crates
  • Large plastic or cardboard boxes

Donate money

Raising funds is essential for us to buy equipment, secure premises and cover volunteer expenses. One-off or regular donations can be made through PayPal here. All funds raised will go towards supporting local people experiencing financial difficulty. You can also support our JustGiving fundraising campaign below.

Help us buy new socks for people who need them

Help us buy new underwear for people who need them

Help us provide 250 Baby Boxes with essential clothing

Set up a regular monthly or quarterly donation

Corporate and Regular Giving

Corporate Giving
Can your organisation support Luton Clothing Bank? We'll always be grateful for any contributions towards our printing needs and eco-friendly packaging.
Corporate Giving
This could include A3 posters and A6 flyers, business cards (which we use as vouchers and tags), A7-ish size stickers for our Baby Basics Clothing Packs, and eco-friendly card, cloth or jute bags in various sizes.
Corporate Giving
We're currently in need of a steamer, vacuum cleaner and tumble dryer, and can always welcome hangers, clothing rails and some other equipment.
Corporate Giving
Please get in touch to discuss the ways you might be able to get involved.
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Regular Giving
Are you able to set up a regular Direct Debit or Standing Order to donate towards the Clothing Bank?
Regular Giving
This helps us buy equipment and cover other project costs which ensures we can keep providing support to people experiencing financial difficulty in Luton.
Standing Order
You can set up a Standing Order through your online banking, and you can amend the amount or frequency at any time.
Find out more
Direct Debit
You can set up a regular Direct Debit straight through PayPal for any amount you choose.
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How to get support

Need clothes or shoes? You're not alone.

Please email us if you need clothes or shoes and are experiencing financial difficulty, whatever your situation.

Services we work with

If you’re an individual or family and need support, please contact us directly on 07311063676 or info@thecourtneyfoundation.org. The services below can also access items from the clothing bank for you and can provide other types of support.

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FAQs

Have a different question? Get in touch at info@thecourtneyfoundation.org.

We don’t wash all the items that come in and instead ask items to be washed and dried properly before donating them. If they look or smell unclean, we wash them before giving them out. If you receive items from the clothing bank we advise that you wash them before they are worn.

The vast majority of items donated to us are distributed to individuals and families experiencing financial hardship, or to other clothing projects and services that support people in need. Some items eg. formal evening dresses and clutch bags, as well as books etc. may be passed on to charity shops, where they are sold and the funds are used to support the work of other great local charities.

Many people receive support after contacting us directly and are given clothes or items that they need. We pass on any school uniform to Level Trust’s Uniform Exchange in The Mall, and support Discover Islam’s coat project with winter coats, jumpers, hats, scarves and gloves as well as wellies and other footwear, which are available to anyone who needs them by popping in to the centre on Upper George Street.

Yes, you can. You can donate via our JustGiving page here. All funds raised in this way will be used to support the clothing bank project and help us buy equipment and cover other expenses.

Anyone experiencing financial difficulty can get help from the clothing bank. This means people who are struggling to afford the normal things in life, and people who may be experiencing a significant financial burden which makes it harder for them to afford things that they need. This includes people who may be unemployed or on a low income as well as those who are working, people who are asylum seekers or have refugee status, people who are experiencing homelessness, and may be individuals, couples, or larger families. 

We are not currently accepting donations of clothes at the moment.

Usually, we can accept all adults’, childrens’ and babies’ clothes (excluding underwear) and shoes that are in good condition. We also accept bedding in good condition. We ask that the items are donated clean and dry and we sort through every donation before giving it out through the clothing bank. Please do not donate clothes that are torn or have large stains or pet hair on them, or shoes that are dirty.

We only accept new, unworn underwear that is in its original packaging. This includes socks.

We are not currently accepting donations of clothes.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact melissa@thecourtneyfoundation.org for more information.

Yes, we do. We only buy 100% recyclable packaging, which is often also made partly or completely from recycled materials. This includes the stickers we use on our Baby and Children’s Boxes and any flyers or posters that we buy. We also reuse bags that people have donated clothes to us in. Redistributing preloved clothes locally is an environmentally friendly way to address poverty in Luton.

Contact us

If you have any questions for us, want to find out more about getting involved with Luton Clothing Bank, or if you need support please send us an email.

Supporters

The ongoing support of local organisations and individuals allows us to run the clothing bank and help people experiencing financial difficulty. The organisations below have provided space for collecting, storing, sorting and packing donations, given essential equipment in-kind, and collected huge amounts of donations from the community and within their organisations. Thank you! If you’d like to join us in redistributing clothing to local families in need please get in touch.