A project by
the courtney foundation
supported by various local partners

Pre-loved clothes to

To enquire about donating children's clothes, please contact Tasia first: kcc@thecourtneyfoundation.org
Donate men's clothes only at our drop-in, 145 High Street LU4 9LE
Saturday
11 AM - 5 PM

Redistributing pre-loved clothes to people experiencing financial difficulty in Luton

A lot's changed since we launched Luton Clothing Bank in 2020. We've operated out of storage units with local distribution points, delivered pre-packed clothing to people's homes, and run drop-ins where people can come and choose their clothing.

Our aim remains the same - to help local people who are struggling by ensuring they have the basic provision of clothes and shoes.

We've always felt it important to remove as many barriers to this as possible, and that means not expecting people to detail their circumstances to us in order to access clothing. We now run a referral system for children's clothing and a drop-in for adults' sizes.

You can find details of these current projects by downloading the flyers below.

Drop-in for free adults' clothing

Drop-in for clothes on Saturday 11am - 5pm at 145 High Street, LU4 9LE. Go through the black gate to the right of the carpark.

Kids clothing by referral

Contact our Kids Clothing Coordinator for details of how to make a referral or to be referred for kids clothes.

Timeline

Luton Clothing Bank Story

Launch

2020
We started Luton Clothing Bank in 2020 with the help of Discover Islam and Tokko who were donation and collection points. We were kindly given use of a building in the town centre, which meant we could take in a LOT of donations. Charity shops were closed so people couldn't donate clothes there, as were usual clothing shops so families couldn't buy clothes for growing children as easily. We distributed thousands of items of clothing and helped people who were in a range of circumstances. Lots of lessons were learnt!

Storage unit

2022
In 2022 we moved to a much smaller space in a local storage unit. We continued to distribute pre-packed children's and baby boxes through local organisations, and responded to direct requests for clothes in a similar way to before - packing the items and delivering them to a collection point for the family/individual to pick up.

Pop-up clothes shops

dec 2022
Moving out of the storage units and wanting to ensure the clothes were still redistributed for free back into the community, we ran two pop-up clothes shops where thousands of items were given out to hundreeds of local people.

Warm spaces with winter clothes pop-up

Jan, Feb and March 2023
Working with Hightown Baptist Church and The Raise Up Foundation, we offered two warm spaces which had a footfall of 500+ over three months. We offered winter coats and jumpers and also ran a toy giveaway.

Lutonkind-Kids

Mar 2023 - Feb 2024
We merged with the previous Kids/Baby Bank to form Lutonkind-Kids, and with the support of Stopsley Baptist Church we're able to offer both a space for storage and for families to come and choose not just clothes and shoes, but also toys and books too. Thanks to Bedfordshire and Luton's Community Foundation's Small Grants Fund, we we're able to employ our first part-time staff member!

Community Fun Day with free clothes pop-up

April 2023
A completely free event for 300+ refugees and people from low income families to enjoy the sense of community, food and games over the Eid period. We also offered a free clothes pop-up to those who attended.

Drop-in for free adults' clothes

Jan 2024 - ongoing
Thanks to funding from the governments Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund via The National Lottery, and local organisations Grow Your Potential and Al-Hikmah Boys School, we were able to relaunch an ongoing clothing provision for adults - finally in a space we could use 24/7 and which families and individuals could come and browse for the clothing they need.

Free and affordable kids clothes with NOAH

Jan 2024 - ongoing
Thanks to the generosity of local charity NOAH Enterprise, and funding from both the Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund and Bedfordshire and Luton's Community Foundation's Frank Branston Fund, we're able to continue our children's clothing provision. Family Workers and other professional refer families and give them a gift card - either for a £2 or free clothing bundle in the size they need. These can then be redeemed at NOAH's charity shop in town where we are based.