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Bramley Clothing Exchange returns for first time since pandemic started

Clear out your wardrobe and help the environment at the same time!

That’s the message from Bramley’s Vickie Jamieson, who is re-starting the popular Bramley Clothing Exchange on Saturday, 7 August at Bramley Community Centre (12.30pm).

It’s a welcome return for the popular recycling event, which is created and run by volunteers and aims to encourage people to bring up to 20 items of good quality clothing and exchange them for other items.

The week’s clothing exchange is teaming up with the Leeds Inner West School Uniform Exchange too. They will be on site with lots of free uniform items for people to browse and take.

Vickie said:

“It’s a long day and hard work but I’m really looking forward to getting it back up and running. There’s a real community spirit about it, and you get to meet new people.

“We need to be a bit smarter about the clothing we buy, how we use it and how we dispose of it or repair/recycle it.  We can then make a huge difference to the planet.  At the same time, we’re having this great community group and volunteers coming together in a very positive cooperative environment.”

Attendees are encourage a £3 entry fee, but children are free. No charge will be made to those accessing the Uniform Exchange only.

School uniform exchange

The school uniform exchange offers free school uniform for families who are struggling. The scheme can also be found online here.

The Inner West School Uniform Exchange will also be running at three Breeze events during the summer holidays.

  • Armley – Saturday 31 July
  • Kirkstall – Friday 6 August
  • Bramley – Saturday 14 August

Bramley & Stanningley councillor Jools Heselwood is one of the people behind the uniform exchange. She said:

“We’ll have an inner west uniform exchange stall at each breeze event, so people can choose their own uniform this summer. We’re taking the uniform exchange ‘on tour’!

“The website www.inner-west-uniform-exchange.co.uk will still be available to order from, but we wanted to give people the option to come and choose their own.

“It’s all free of charge as usual and, of course, recycles good quality pre-loved uniform and prevents it being sent to landfill.”

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