People come to us for help with just the clothes they are standing in: My Wigan Pier Story


Helen Reynolds is a volunteer at a Sheffield clothes bank. She tells Maryam Qaiser, about meeting people who have no possessions.

We get people who come to the clothes bank with absolutely nothing, just the clothes on their backs.

We have women who have been trafficked from countries such as Albania.

They get somewhere to live here but there is nothing in the property. We provide bedding, pots, pans, clothes and other household items.


 

We have many people who are asylum seekers and men who are released from prison but they just don’t have anything when they come out.

People who come in are so humble.

One man didn’t have any jeans, so we pointed him to the rack and he picked a pair out. We told him he could have more, but he wanted other people to have the chance to take some too.

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