Thanks to support from CMI Toyota’s CMV Foundation and an RAA grassroots giving sponsorship, the colourful ‘mobile wardrobes’ will be visiting Mount Gambier and Millicent in late October, before potentially visiting more regional locations over the summer.
Earlier this year, the program supported its 15,000th individual in South Australia, as it continues to take excess stock from Australian fashion stores and use vans to deliver the clothes to communities in need, such as people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
AnglicareSA Executive General Manager Community Services, Nancy Penna, said the simple initiative has a profound impact on people who are working to turn their lives around.
“We all know how much clothing helps to define who we are and how we feel,” she said.
“For those who are experiencing hardship and social exclusion, access to new clothing plays an even bigger role in enabling dignity, choice and self-esteem.
“Regional communities in South Australia face unique economic and social challenges with limited access to support services – our mobile wardrobes enable us to reach people in these areas.
AnglicareSA will be working with partner, ac.care, in Mount Gambier and Millicent to refer clients to the mobile wardrobe service.
ac.care Limestone Coast Homelessness Service support worker Kelly McGuinness said clients are looking forward to the regional visits by the mobile clothing service.
“Our staff work very closely with clients to help vulnerable people access sustainable housing and other support and it is wonderful to see this additional service on the way through our collaboration with AnglicareSA and Thread Together,” she said.
“A new set of clothes can make a remarkable difference to someone’s self-esteem and sense of dignity, especially if they have interviews for employment, housing or other commitments coming up.
Since launching in April 2018, the Anglicare SA and Thread Together partnership has prevented more than 150,000 items of brand-new clothing (valued at an estimated $12 million) ending up in landfill.
During 2020, the program delivered clothes to nearly 3,000 South Australians, including people affected by the Kangaroo Island and Adelaide Hills bushfires and others impacted during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
AnglicareSA x Thread Together 2021 regional South Australian visits
27 October, 2pm – 5pm
- ac.care Mount Gambier Community Centre
- 22-24 Ferrers St, Mount Gambier
28 October, 10am – 12noon
- ac.care Millicent Community Centre
- 57-59 George St, Millicent