Gifted Boutique CIC is a charity boutique selling second hand designer, high street and vintage clothing for children’s charities in Reading. We sell donated women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and accessories online and through pop-ups. Run by volunteers, all profits go to children’s charities in Reading.
– Over a quarter of children in Reading are living in relative poverty
– More than 300,000 tonnes of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year
We rely on the kind support of our community and you can help by donating any good condition designer or high-end high street clothes and accessories. We also accept new clothes with tags of any brand. Simply email us and we will collect directly from you or suggest a drop-off point.
Babies in Buscot Support (BIBS)
BIBS raise funds to give sick and premature newborns at the Royal Berkshire Hospital the best possible start in life. Their charity is run by parents that have had a baby spend time on Buscot neonatal unit. BIBS have been there too and care deeply for the families that follow in their footsteps.
Their work focuses in four main areas of activity. Providing families with emotional support, helping inform parents and raising awareness, refurbishing facilities and accommodation on the ward and funding state of the art equipment including incubators, cardiac monitors, ventilators, phototherapy units and much more.
Home-Start Reading has served Reading families for 35 years. Their trained volunteers (parents themselves) and expert support team, help families with young children through their most challenging times.
In recent years they have seen many families struggle with mental and physical illness and disability, bereavement, broken family relationships, domestic abuse, poor housing and poverty. They see parents who are overwhelmed by their difficulties, frequently feeling isolated and lacking the self-confidence and strategies to break the cycle and give their little children the time and care that will ensure they have the best possible start in life. They believe all children should be given the best opportunities in life, regardless of their family circumstances.
Over two years Jelly will be working with teachers and pupils, offering opportunities throughout the project to exhibit the children’s work, sharing resources and learning as well as being part of Reading Borough Council's Cultural Educational Partnership.
No5 Young People
No5 has been providing early intervention counselling and outreach for young people aged 11-25 who live, work or study in the ‘RG’ postcode area, since 1971. Over the last few years they have seen a year-on-year increase in demand for their services (123% over the last 4 years), and continue to grow and develop to meet the everchanging needs of young people in our area.
Last year they saw 1815 young people and their families: 843 young people through our tailored, young person led counselling, 475 through mental health workshops delivered by our Young Ambassadors in schools, 100 through telephone and email support, and 400 parents.
Everything in our online store is posted for free, either by Royal Mail 2nd class delivery or by hand delivery to addresses in the Reading area.