New threads for city’s vulnerable

TASMANIA’S first Thread Together Clothing Hub will open in inner-city Hobart this month, providing free, band-new, good quality clothing to people in the community doing it tough.

Hobart City Church of Christ is partnering with national organisation Thread Together to launch the City Church Thread Together Clothing Hub in Liverpool Street. The service is not available to the general public, with clients referred to the Hub by partnering community organisations.

Established in 2012, Thread Together sources excess clothing and shoes from fashion retailers that would otherwise have gone to landfill, and redistributes it to people that need it the most.

Thread Together works with charity and corporate partners to provide new wardrobes to more than 2000 people each week, with clients able to choose three tops, three bottoms, a pair of shoes and underwear.

A recent trial saw six local clients receive free wardrobes. Thread Together project co-ordinator Carol Kingshott said the demand confirmed just how valuable the service would be for the community.

“Wages aren’t growing but the cost of living is increasing,” she said.

“There’s lots of vulnerable people who really need a hand through these tough times.

“When I looked at what Thread Together was doing in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide I thought it was something we could do in Hobart that would really have an impact on vulnerable people in our city.

“The fashion industry always produces more than it requires, and this partnership means that excess stock, instead of going into landfill, is now going to people who need it.”

The hub will hold an open day on Wednesday 20 October, where organisations can learn more about how the service can benefit their clients and complement the work they are already doing.

To find out more, email threadtogether@hobartcitychurch.org.au, phone 6234 3919 or go to www.threadtogether.org

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