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Help with buying items for school


The cost of school uniforms can be a struggle for families. Many schools now allow you to buy cheaper, unbranded uniform items, or offer uniform swaps. Please check with your school what they offer.

Where to get school uniform

There are some organisations throughout the county who can help you with new and preloved school uniforms - see the list of where to get school uniform below.

Lots of schools have their own Facebook pages where uniforms can be swapped and donated and there are many dedicated school uniform Facebook groups across the county. You can find one in your area by searching school uniform on Facebook.

A Family Loan

If you are in receipt of child benefit and require help with buying items for school you can apply for a NE First Credit Union Family Loans. This could provide you with a loan of up to £500 without having a credit check - this will be conditional upon an affordability check and child benefit being paid directly from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to the Credit Union.

A Family Loan allows you to access a cash loan up front to purchase the required items as well as giving you the option to saving something each month for the future.

More information about help with your money.