Coats for kids – help keep Swanage’s children warm over winter

Swanage residents are being asked to go through their cupboards and donate children’s winter coats and warm pyjamas to help families who are struggling at the end of a tough year.

As an act of festive charity, Dorset Council is calling on everyone to help make winter easier by donating items to help keep children warm, suitable for ages 3 to 12.

Swanage Children’s Centre will host a drop off point for residents to offer new or nearly new coats and pyjamas as part of the appeal on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th December 2020.

Swanage's Children's Centre

Swanage residents can drop off children’s winter coats and warm pyjamas at the Children’s Centre in Chapel Lane just off the High Street

Heavy duty and weather resistant coats

Dorset Council is welcoming all sorts of children’s coats, but is looking for heavy duty, weather resistant ones in particular. It is requesting good quality items that people would want to receive themselves.

Swanage residents are also being asked to help spread the word across Dorset, as there will be similar collection points in other towns including Wareham, Weymouth and Bridport.

Depending on the centre, donations are being received at various points between Friday 4th December and Thursday 10th December 2020.

After the drop-off, there will be a wait of a few days to minimise COVID-19 infection risks. 

Families who need the clothes can then pick them up at different sites between Monday 14th December and Sunday 20th December. The precise dates for Swanage are yet to be confirmed.

Children's coats

“Support Dorset’s children to help them stay warm and dry”

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

“Outdoor play is incredibly beneficial for children, and with winter drawing in we are asking residents to support Dorset’s children to help them stay warm and dry by providing a winter coat and cosy pyjamas. 

“These items can be a significant cost for many families and we are calling on the generosity of Dorset’s residents to help keep children cosy this Christmas.”

Full list of places to drop off items

Swanage Children’s Centre

Chapel Lane, Swanage, BH19 2PW
Tel: 01305 557000
Drop off dates/times: Tues 8 Dec, 9 am to 2 pm / Wed 9 Dec, 9 am to 2pm
Pick up dates/times: TBC

Wareham Children’s Centre

Streche Road, Wareham BH20 4PG
Tel: 01305 557000
Drop off dates/times: Wed 9 Dec, 10 am to 2 pm / Thu 10 Dec, 10 am to 2 pm
Pick up dates/times: TBC

Bridport Children’s Centre

Skilling Hill Road, Bridport, DT6 5LA
Tel: 01308 421714
Drop off dates/times: Fri 4, Mon 7 – Thu 10, 9 to 10 am
Pick up dates/times: Mon 14 to Fri 18, 3 to 4 pm

Dorchester Children’s Centre

Middle Farm Way, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3WA
Tel: 01305 224220
Pick up only – dates/times: Mon 14 to Fri 18, 10 am to 4 pm

Blandford Children’s Centre

Black Lane, Blandford, DT11 8SW
Tel: 01258 474036
Drop off dates/times: Fri 4, Mon 7 to Thu 10, 9.30am to 4 pm
Pick up dates/times: Mon 14 to Fri 18, 9.30 am to 4 pm

Shaftesbury Children’s Centre

Wincombe Lane. Shaftesbury, SP7 8PZ
Tel: 01258 474036
Drop off dates/times: Fri 4, Mon 7 to Thu 10, 9.30 am to 4 pm
Pick up dates/times: Mon 14 to Fri 18, 9.30 am to 4 pm

Sherborne Children’s Centre

Tinney’s Lane, Sherborne, DT9 3DY
Tel: 01258 474036
Drop off dates/times: Fri 4, Mon 7 to Thu 10, 9.30 am to 4 pm
Pick up dates/times: Mon 14 to Fri 18, 9.30 am to 4 pm

Wimborne Children’s Centre

Gordon Road, Wimborne Minster, Wimborne, BH21 2AP
Tel: 01202 225710
Drop off dates/times: Fri 4, Mon 7 to Thu 10, 10 am to 2 pm
Pick up dates/times: Mon 14 to Fri 18, 10 am to 2 pm

Weymouth Children’s Centre (Mulberry)

2 Newstead Rd, Weymouth, DT4 8JE
Tel: 01305 225750
Drop off dates/times: Fri 4, Mon 7 to Thu 10, 10 am to 2 pm
Pick up dates/times: Mon 14 to Fri 18, 10 am to 2 pm

St Bartholomew’s Church (Foyer)

Church Lane, Sutton Waldron, DT11 8PB
Tel: 07710 395359
Drop off dates/times: Fri 4, 9 am to 4 pm, Sat 5, 9 am to 2 pm, Mon 7 to Thu 10, 9 am to 4 pm
Pick up dates/times: Mon 14 – Fri 18, 9 am to 4 pm, Sat 19, 9 am to 2 pm

Friends of Stour Connect

Stour Connect Buildings, Stour View Close, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1JF
Tel: 01258 471359
Drop off dates/times: Fri 4, Mon 7 to Thu 10, 8.30 am to 4 pm
Pick up dates/times: Mon 14 to Fri 18, 8.30 am to 4 pm

Age UK Bridport Shop

West Street, Bridport
Drop off dates/times: Fri 4, 10 am to 4 pm, Sat 5, 10 am to 4 pm, Mon 7 to Thu 10, 10 am to 4 pm
Pick up dates/times: Mon 14th to Fri 18, 10 am to 4 pm, Sat 19, 10 am to 4 pm

Age UK Dorchester Shop

Trinity Street, Dorchester
Drop off dates/times: Fri 4, 10 am to 4 pm, Sat 5, 10 am to 4 pm, Mon 7 to Thu 10, 10 am to 4 pm
Pick up dates/times: Mon 14 to Fri 18, 10 am to 4 pm, Sat 19, 10 am to 4 pm

Age UK Weymouth Shop

98 St Mary Street, Weymouth
Drop off dates/times: Fri 4, 10 am to 4 pm, Sat 5, 10 am to 4 pm, Mon 7 to Thu 10, 10 am to 4 pm
Pick up dates/times: Mon 14 to Fri 18, 10 am to 4 pm, Sat 19, 10 am to 4 pm

Verwood

5 Aggis Farm, Verwood, BH31 6QD
Tel: 01202 827376
Drop off only: 24/7 in the green crate between Friday 4 to Thursday 10 December

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