FUSS/FUPS is an acronym for Free Uniforms for Secondary/Primary Schools and has been a mission project of St. Luke’s, Hoylake since 2012. The vision has been to make outgrown school uniforms, which otherwise would go to landfill, available to those who could not afford them.
From small beginnings the project has grown rapidly year on year and last year supplied a massive 1700 uniform items throughout our circuit area. The main outlet is a shop in the Pyramids which dealt with around 60% of the requests, and there are also seven church hubs where uniforms can be collected.
Apart from the many in poverty across the borough, there are also those who fall upon hard times unexpectedly and can find the cost of uniforms overwhelming. For all of these the availability of such a lifeline from a Methodist Church, true to its strong tradition of caring and serving, can be as vital as a Foodbank.
This mission is carried out by volunteers overseen by an administrator, Andy Kemp. Andy’s grant funding ran out in 2017; he has kept things moving voluntarily until now, but this is unsustainable for a continually growing organisation. The Circuit Meeting has responded to the project’s appeal for help, , and unanimously approved funding of £11,000 per annum for two years to employ a part-time administrator. This will allow Andy to concentrate on finding sources of external income to secure independence for the project again by 2021.
Can you help?
Whilst the circuit is committed to underwriting the costs to keep the project afloat, alternative funding would make it easier to continue to support our other missional activities. Just as Foodbank is generously supported by individual donations within churches, perhaps you would consider a personal financial contribution.
Every church will be receiving an appeal letter for their Church Council to consider their response as a church. If you feel you might wish to contribute as an individual please speak to your senior church steward.
- Stephen Pillow, Senior Circuit Steward