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New Initiative Gives Women Refugees & Seeking Asylum The Opportunity To Shop Donated Clothes Online
Online platform Give Your Best provides a meaningful and sustainable way to donate clothes to refugee women
By: Dare PR
The online catalogue has seen over 7800 items donated by people across the UK so those in need of clothing can choose and order the items for free.
In September 2020, founder and social entrepreneur Sol Escobar started the initiative with two volunteers, using Instagram as the main platform to showcase the catalogue of donated clothes. Today, the group has grown to a core team of 70 female volunteers, including asylum seekers and refugees. GYB aims to empower people in need of women's clothing through access to choice.
How Give Your Best works: Donors are asked to fill in a form and send images and basic information of their best items, which are uploaded by the GYB volunteer team and made available on the free shop. 'Shoppers' register via the Give Your Best website and choose items they'd like to receive. 'Shopped' items of clothing are then either sent from the donor to the shopper or sent to Give Your Best who distributes the items; this is entirely the choice of the shopper. If the shopper does not have an address or would rather not disclose that information, they can collect their clothing from a drop-off point (such as a local charity shop or foodbank).
Over 7800 items have been donated since launch, over 7000 shopped, and over 550 women registered.
This initiative started during the COVID-19 lockdown, when Sol Escobar sent a parcel of toiletries, menstrual products and clothing to a household of women seeking asylum in Wales. She had connected with one woman in her role as Chair of the Refugee Support Committee at Cambridge University. Sol put a call out for donations on social media and received so many offers of clothing that she came up with a system to ensure the women could choose what they wanted to receive and in doing so established Give Your Best. The non-profit has also organised ad-hoc campaigns such as Gift Your Tech where old laptops, tablets and phones are re-homed with women in the GYB community, and the festive campaign Gift Your Best, which saw 270 people sign up to send a surprise gift to a refugee or asylum seeking woman.
Give Your Best is also developing brand partnerships and "recycling services" whereby brands can re-home unsold stock in a sustainable and socially impactful way.
Monetary or clothing donations can be made via the Give Your Best website www.giveyourbest.uk