A UNIFORM bank is returning to help families out with the cost of outfits before children head back to school.

The bank, which is now in its seventh year, is organised by the Redditch Labour Party and will take place this August.

The idea was conceived by Redditch Borough Councillor Joe Baker and the group says it was started ‘to help families through harsh cuts imposed because of austerity.’

Cllr Baker said: “We are seeing families struggling more than ever to get uniform for their children.

“Last year was the busiest one to date with over 630 people attending.

“This year we are expecting an increase as coronavirus has forced a drop in income for so many families.

“We are keen to ensure that the uniform bank goes ahead this year because we want you all to know that we as a party are ready and keen to be there to support our community.”

The group says their bank also saves 1000s of items from being disposed of, helping the environment.

This year, it will follow a different format to comply with Covid-19 safety guidelines.

There will be two open air events to avoid large indoor gatherings, which will be held on Saturday, August 15 in the town centre, and Sunday, August 16 in Church Hill.

The group is urging people to donate pieces of school uniform, including logo items, blazers, PE kits, shoes, and trainers. All items donated must be in a good, clean condition.

People can bring donations to Omega Therapies in Hewell Road, Batchley up until Monday, August 10.