Swishing comes to Aylsham

Just Regional
Mar 22, 2016 3 mins read

A new concept in Aylsham is giving people the chance to clear out their clothes and raise funds for charity at the same time.

Swishing is a new project run by Aylsham Children’s Centre and managed by the charity Action for Children.

The project opens its doors for the first time with an Easter Holiday Swish – a fun event aimed at local families and children on Monday, April 4, 11.30am–2pm.

There will be a new Swishing pop-up shop where visitors will have the chance to browse and buy. Also there are refreshments, a children’s Easter egg hunt, face-painting and hair-braiding.

This project takes new and pre-loved clothes donated by individuals, groups, organisations and shops and offers them for re-sale. Anyone can donate items for which you can chose to receive tokens and these tokens can be spent in the pop-up shop open at Aylsham Pavilion (on the Recreation Ground) every Wednesday 12.30–2.30pm.

For sale are adults’ and children’s clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories with prices starting from £1 or one token. Many items are new with labels still attached and each week new items will be available. Free parking is always available.

Some people chose to donate and not to receive tokens. People can donate rag items to a new collection bin (soon to be located at Aylsham High School).

Donation bags can be dropped off any time and the bags will be sorted by volunteers and tokens allocated. Charity bags can be filled and dropped in to the Children’s Centre.

Action for Children works with local vulnerable children and families in Aylsham and the surrounding area and 100% of the money raised will go back to the charity.

Volunteers sort clothes, price them and allocate tokens, while working towards gaining a Level 1 or Level 2 qualification in Customer Services and Business Enterprise.

Aylsham Children’s Centre is part of the Aylsham Cluster Trust and linking closely with the high school and students as well as partnering cluster schools. Younger volunteers can gain valuable social skills and many want to demonstrate their ability to volunteer in a charitable capacity.

Lisa Nicholson, manager at Aylsham Children’s Centre said: “We have a strong support network already and our volunteers can’t wait to get Swishing each week.”

Anyone interested in donating, becoming part of the volunteer team, interested in hosting a pop-up shop or one of the rag bins, can contact the Children’s Centre on 01263 755734 for more details. People can also follow Facebook and Twitter.

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