Taking Stock

Charities like TRAID rely on donations from the public to stock the UK’s charity shops, and for many charities, textile banks are a vital source of clothes donations. But they are under threat.

TRAID’s Taking Stock report reveals that an overwhelming majority of people using textile banks in the UK prefer to donate to charity-led textile banks. Yet, two-thirds have no idea that some textile banks are run by commercial companies which profit from their donations.

A new YouGov study of UK textile bank users commissioned by the charity TRAID reveals that:

In light of these challenges, TRAID has proposed three easy to implement recommendations

These recommendations create a fairer solution which suits all parties, while continuing to provide the UK public with the opportunity to support charities with their clothes donations, which they clearly want.

Robin Osterley, CEO at the Charity Retail Association said: “TRAID has highlighted some of the growing problems charities face, especially in the rising annual sums that a number of councils are now asking for the right to place a textile bank. Such policies seem to be at odds with public awareness and public attitudes. We fully endorse the report recommendations, which are flexible and reasonable enough in allowing councils to still take commercial decisions, but would not remove any more of these vital sources of stock from our communities.”

Download TRAID’s Taking Stock Summary Report here

Download TRAID’s Taking Stock Full Version here

To find out more about the issues raised in the report please contact Andrea Speranza, Head of Campaigns and Education.