We have been involved in the first roll out of washing machines in schools, fully funded by this ethically based firm.
What is Suds in Schools?
Many school children in the UK are seriously suffering as a result of not having clean clothes to wear.
According to a report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, children currently face the highest poverty rate in the UK in the last 20 years. The problem is now impacting millions of families up and down the nation and many children are regularly missing school for lack of a clean uniform.
8 in 10 primary school teachers say they have witnessed a rise in the number of children attending school unwashed or wearing unclean uniform in the last 5 years and have found themselves intervening at an increasing rate (one third of teachers regularly buy their pupils toiletry essentials).
Suds in Schools recently set up their very first washing machine in St Cuthbert’s and it’s already having a big impact. Executive Head Teacher, Sarah Smith, said, “There is nothing ‘small’ about smol’s efforts to support families in our school. We have engaged with the suds in school programme from the off and it is already having an impact on the lives of our families. Parents drop off a load of washing in a bag and pop back an hour later. As word spreads we think it will be a really popular and useful strong to our support service package to families here in town. Families that struggle to afford a trip to the laundrette can now engage in a stress and cost free activity. Hygiene poverty is one step closer to being reduced.”
If you would like to get involved and support this cause please visit this link to find out more.