“Drop in and pick up” free coats and PJs for kids in Swanage

Parents in need of coats and pyjamas for their children are invited to stop by Swanage Children’s Centre to collect clothing to keep their kids warm through the bleak winter months.

The centre in Chapel Lane, will serve as a collection site for new and nearly-new clothes for children between the ages of three and 12 years.


It will be open on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th December 2020 between 9 am and 1 pm. There’s no paperwork – the items are there for anyone who says they need them.

Kindness of residents

This bank of clothing was made possible by the generous donations of people from Swanage and all across Dorset.

Several more of these pick-up sites are available across the county – including Wareham, Weymouth, and Dorchester.

Councillor Andrew Parry, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children, Education, Skills and Early Help, said: 

“Please drop-in and pick up a warm winter coat and pyjamas, it is very easy, no forms, no pre-booking – just nip in and grab what you need.

“Outdoor play is incredibly beneficial for children, and with winter drawing in we are pleased that thanks to our community pulling together we will be able to provide winter coats and pyjamas to help Dorset’s children stay cosy this Christmas.”

Dorset Pick-up clothes scheme
Dorset Council

List of collection points

Swanage Children’s Centre

Chapel Lane, Swanage, BH19 2PW

Tel: 01305 557000

Pick up dates/times: Tues 15 and Wed 16 9am – 1pm

Wareham Children’s Centre

Streche Road, Wareham BH20 4PG

Tel: 01929 557000

Pick up dates/times: Wed 16 and Thurs 17, 12 – 3pm

Bridport Children’s Centre

Skilling Hill Road, Bridport, DT6 5LA

Tel: 01308 421714

Pick up dates/times: Mon 14 – Fri 18, 3-4pm

Dorchester Children’s Centre

Middle Farm Way, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3WA

Tel: 01305 224220

Pick up only – dates/times: Mon 14 – Fri 18, 10am – 4pm

Blandford Children’s Centre

Black Lane, Blandford, DT11 8SW

Tel: 01258 474036

Pick up dates/times: Mon 14 – Fri 18, 9:30am – 4pm

Shaftesbury Children’s Centre

Wincombe Lane. Shaftesbury, SP7 8PZ

Tel: 01258 474036

Pick up dates/times: Mon 14 – Fri 18, 9:30am – 4pm

Sherborne Children’s Centre

Tinney’s Lane, Sherborne, DT9 3DY

Tel: 01258 474036

Pick up dates/times: Mon 14 – Fri 18, 9:30am – 4pm

Wimborne Children’s Centre

Gordon Road, Wimborne Minster, Wimborne, BH21 2AP

Tel: 01202 225710

Pick up dates/times: Mon 14 – Fri 18, 10am – 2pm

Weymouth Children’s Centre (Mulberry)

2 Newstead Rd, Weymouth, DT4 8JE

Tel: 01305 225750

Pick up dates/times: Mon 14 – Fri 18, 10am – 2pm

Outlooks Children’s Centre (Portland)

Outlooks Castle Road, Portland, DT5 1AU

Tel: 01305 225750

Pick up dates/times: Mon 14th, 3-5pm, Tue 15th, 10am-2pm, Wed 16th, 10-midday

St Mary’s Church, Puddletown

The Vicarage, The Square, Puddletown, DT2 8SL

Tel: 01305 848784

Pick up dates/times: Tue 15, 9-11am, 3-4:30pm, Wed 16, 4-8pm, Thu 17, 10am-midday, 2:30-4:30pm, Sat 19, 10am-midday, 2:30-4:30pm

St Bartholomew’s Church (Foyer)

Church Lane, Sutton Waldron, DT11 8PB

Tel:  07710 395359

Pick up dates/times: Mon 14 – Fri 18, 9am – 4pm, Sat 19, 9am – 2pm

Friends of Stour Connect

Stour Connect Buildings, Stour View Close, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1JF

Tel: 01258 471359

Pick up dates/times: Mon 14 – Fri 18, 8:30am – 4pm

Age UK Bridport Shop

West Street, Bridport

Pick up dates/times: Mon 14th – Fri 18, 10am – 4pm, Sat 19, 10am – 4pm

Age UK Dorchester Shop

Trinity Street, Dorchester

Pick up dates/times: Mon 14 – Fri 18, 10am – 4pm, Sat 19, 10am – 4pm

Age UK Weymouth Shop

98 St Mary Street, Weymouth

Pick up dates/times: Mon 14 – Fri 18, 10am – 4pm, Sat 19, 10am – 4pm

Free school meals

Dorset Council has been awarded £922,153 by the government’s Covid Winter Grant Scheme to help support food and fuel costs.

Part of this money is set to go to families in need – including those who rely on free school meals. Eligible families will get further details directly from their schools.

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