Project workers at our Horsham Y Centre open a free clothes shop for residents - YMCA DownsLink Group

Project workers at our Horsham Y Centre open a free clothes shop for residents


Project Worker, Lucy Fox, and Deputy Projects Manager, Mel Haynes, with the help of some of our young residents, created a corner in the Y Centre, where our residents can go clothes shopping for free. The Exchange Shop promotes recycling, reusing and rehoming preloved clothes and accessories. The shop also provides some of our young residents, who struggle to afford to buy clothes, with the space to pick up the perfect interview outfit.

Many of our young residents have got involved in the Exchange Shop project, including, one young resident who created a poster and the ground rules for using the shop. The clothes get rotated regularly by the shop manager (a young resident), sorted and then donated on to other people in need.  Lucy, Mel and the team are working to ensure young refugees are well dressed for the cold weather to come as well as networking with other charities to have items shipped across the world.

The shop have received donations, rails and hangers from the local community, but they are still looking for more donations. If you are tidying up your wardrobe and would like to not only do something good for the planet but to help a young person too, you could donate your pre-loved, new with tags and high street items to the Exchange Shop. Any donations will be gratefully received!

You can drop off your items to YMCA Horsham Y Centre Albion Way, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1AH.


YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by and faithful to our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

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