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Clothing bank set for launch

By Sean McAngus

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Ythan Rotary Club are set to create a Clothes Bank this month.

This comes following a feasibility study and a number of meetings with professionals from the Health Service, education and the local Food Bank, a team of four from Ythan Valley Rotary is progressing with creating a free clothing service.

In the form of a Clothes Bank, clean clothes, which are in good condition, will be made available in bespoke clothes packs to people.

The process for operating this service is simple.

Those finding themselves in such need can access it via Ellon Food Bank,or through the Health Visitors based at Ellon and Haddo Health Centres or through Ellon Academy.

Using the professionals as the channel for referrals, the Ythan Valley team will make up the clothing packs on request and ensure that they reach the professionals as quickly as possible.

The professionals will disburse the clothes packs and the anonymity of all parties will be preserved.

Ythan Valley Rotary Club. Picture: Phil Harman
Ythan Valley Rotary Club. Picture: Phil Harman

Key to the success of all of this is a storage facility and this is where Methlick Parish Church came to the rescue.

Offering a store belonging to the church, Colin Presly, Session Clerk of Methlick Parish Church, said: “This is a super opportunity for Methlick Church to work with Ythan Valley Rotary which has identified a hidden need in our local communities.”

Clothes for all ages except baby clothes, shoes and school uniforms will go through the professionals’ referral system.

Ellon Food Bank’s Karen Butchart said: “We will be really delighted to receive clothes for the Clothes Bank between 10am and noon on Mondays and Fridays at our HQ on Station Road, Ellon.”

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