Worcester clothing bank celebrates third anniversary - The Worcester Observer

Worcester clothing bank celebrates third anniversary

Worcester Editorial 20th Feb, 2024   0

A VOLUNTEER-run clothing bank which helps give some dignity back to patients admitted to Worcester mental health wards by providing them with emergency garments has celebrated its third anniversary.

The Wardrobe was set up by Dr Louisa Ward in 2021 and provides emergency clothing to those admitted to the city’s Elgar Unit.

The unit offers care to those who are experiencing significant mental health difficulties.

Many patients are admitted to the unit following stressful circumstances, meaning essential clothing items might not have been gathered for their stay.

Others admitted to the ward do not own basic clothing due to issues such as homelessness or lack of money.

The Wardrobe gives patients the option to wear free, clean clothing so they feel comfortable in their time of need.

It also provides work wear to those attending interviews as well as sportswear for those wanting to get physically active to improve their mental well-being.

Dr Ward said: “We started the clothing bank as a way to provide patients with access to clean clothes, helping them feel comfortable upon admission and promoting independence.

“I am glad it has not only sustained but also flourished over the last three years – all thanks to our lovely staff and volunteers.

“For some, clothing represents dignity, and we want to make sure we protect and preserve all our patients’ dignity no matter what mental health issues they are facing.

“I know the Wardrobe has helped many, and I hope it continues to help those who need it.”

The Wardrobe is stocked through community donations as well as items given from companies such as Re-Fashion, ASOS, Selective, Aldi, Bonaker Convalescent Charity, Talk Clothing, and Preloved Kilo.

Those wanting to donate to The Wardrobe can drop in clothes to Newtown Hospital.


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