We welcomed students from the University of Worcester’s Criminology course to aid in our Clothing Project’s seasonal sort-out.
Students took to organising the entire project, from stocking the Clothing Project’s pantry to removing the summer donations to our winter donations, to aid our efforts in creating a shop-like atmosphere.
Steph Maton, Volunteer Coordinator at Maggs Day Centre, explains: “We were delighted to welcome students from Worcester University for a volunteering day. The Clothing Project receives so many generous donations from the public and it was vital that Maggs had a ‘Grand Seasonal Sort Out’ in order to clear space taken up by summer clothes, sift items which we can sell and reorganise stock onto our new clothing racks which were purchased with money raised by one of our volunteers.”
“We had a very productive day and the students worked so hard, we achieved so much more that we had anticipated possible. There is already talk of what the next project will be!
As part of their course, the students were able to talk to staff and learn about the service that Maggs provides, but also the nature of the sector that is closely linked to their course.
Amy Johnson, Senior Lecturer of Criminology, confirms: “In a time where we are all glued to our phones, and social media grips our attention, it was really nice to put the phones down and help support Maggs with their clothing project re-shuffle. It was fabulous as a lecturer to see my students connecting and enjoying giving up some of their time to do good, with some reporting it boosted their mental wellbeing.
Such activities help increase students confidence and provides them with a small exposure to what it is like to work in such organisations and the challenges many in our society face. We are looking forward to working with Maggs Day Centre on other projects to bring about change for a very vulnerable group in our society.”
We are also seeking storage space for our spare stock as we have very little space and what we have, we really want to use for relevant stock. If anyone could donate their space and would be happy to allow us to use, please get in touch with us!