Life & Sole

Health and Wellbeing | Poverty | Young People
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What is the project?

We collect pre loved shoes and we clean then and ensure they are fit for re use. We then have referrals sent in and we then deliver the shoes to vulnerable children, families in crisis and hard to reach young adults.
If the shoes are able to be reused we are currently setting up with Birmingham university to recycle the unwanted shoes.

Who is the project targeted at?

We support vulnerable children, families in crisis and hard to reach young adults.
We have referrals from the Education departments, children's centre's, family run organisations, Housing associations, police.

Why did the project come about?

We found a gap in the system of where children families and young adults were in shoe poverty. which can be from footwear being inappropriate for the season, too big, too small, falling apart and not even having any. Family support workers and schools were noticing these problems to start with.

How was this project implemented?

We started working with a charity based in Nottingham called ' shoe Aid' and after a short time we began to source local unwanted shoes and we began to pass them on.

How was this project funded?

We had to do a lot of hard work to get people on bored to start with, But we had fundraising events, put in for funding bids and since we began we had a 3 year investment from a solicitors firm called 'Lodders', who do charity events in our name too.

Outcomes so far

We have support over 2,000 vulnerable children, families and young adults since 2019. They have been able to gain access to work by having decent footwear, whether it be for an interview or work boots. Children have had decent school shoes, trainer and football boots which means they can join teams.

Future plans

we want to expand and have a hub in every city supporting local people by local people and bringing communities back together.
The first thing is to get the recycling programme up and running as we need to support our planet. 1 single shoe takes 100 years to break down into our planet.

Contact Details

Lisa Plowman
Lisa@networkfour.org.uk

07913333470