About Us

Uniform Exchange

Here To Help

Uniform Exchange was set up as a community project in 2011 to make sure every child in Kirklees could have a free school uniform if they needed it. That need has never been greater than it is now.

The cost-of-living crisis means many families are struggling just to eat and keep warm so new school uniform is simply unaffordable yet countless tonnes of it is still being thrown into landfill in Kirklees every year.

We need to all make a positive impact on the environment so please do your bit by simply giving your old school uniform to us.

We work with all 182 schools in Kirklees plus a few independent ones so every local child can go to school smart, proud and ready to learn. It’s impossible to overestimate how important school uniform is to make a young person feel a part of their school community, doing wonders for their self-esteem and sense of wellbeing.

We must all work together to make this happen.

Kate France founder of The Uniform Exchange Huddersfield
Kate France Huddersfield with decorative bubbles

Message from our founder

Kate France

“Growing up I experienced the difficulties of living in a house that struggled financially.

We used uniform grants along with hand-me-down clothes and I saw first-hand the terrible impact a financial crisis can have. That’s why I know the huge difference Uniform Exchange is making to thousands of young lives in Kirklees.

We need everyone in the Kirklees community to donate all unwanted school uniform to us so we make sure it gets to those most in need while also helping to prevent the planet being polluted by the plastic that’s in uniforms.

Uniform Exchange has already seen a 40% surge in demand in 2023 and that demand will only increase so we all absolutely MUST recycle and reuse school uniform as much as we possibly can.”

Where to donate your uniform

Uniform Exchange has dozens of collection points across Kirklees in libraries, supermarkets, churches, community hubs and sports centres so it couldn’t be easier to donate to us.