Representatives from Sefton Council joined Carol Mckenna, Independent Chair and founder of Sefton Welfare of Pupils Scheme (SWOPS), at Bootle Town Hall on Thursday, September 10 to accept donations from public, staff and partner agencies.

Roy Williams, CEO of One Vision Housing, also attended to hand over clothes collected by OVH staff and a further donation of £500 worth of additional new clothing for local school children.

Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “This is a fantastic scheme and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community and our many partners who’s continued support is vital to the work that SWOPS does for school children across Sefton.”

SWOP was founded by Carol McKenna and Joe Anderson (the current Elected Mayor of Liverpool) 18 years ago, and continues to be based at Bootle Town Hall.

The scheme provides basic school uniform garments (new and nearly new) for families across Sefton, who may at a certain time in their lives need support.

All representatives of SWOPS are volunteers; which includes four members of staff and a number of education welfare officers.  They all recognise the importance of providing school uniforms to families in need and are passionate enough to give up their spare time to the cause.

Sefton families who would like some help to kit-out their children for school, should contact SWOPS by calling Sefton Council’s attendance welfare department, on 0151 934 3359.


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