New clothes for those doing it tough

Written by on September 25, 2019

AnglicareSA and Thread Together launched an Australian first in 2018 with mobile wardrobe vans delivering brand new clothes directly to people in need – and yesterday they extended the service in Adelaide with the official opening of an SA-first clothing hub.

See photos from the launch below

Working with people experiencing vulnerability and hardship, this initiative supports those in our community who need it most and has already clothed more than 5,000 people in SA in brand new clothes valued at more than $3M.

Thread Together works in conjunction with clothing manufacturers to receive and sort brand new, end-of-line clothes, that otherwise would have gone to landfill, for distribution through its charity partners.

In collaboration, AnglicareSA and Thread Together use purpose-fitted mobile wardrobes to bring brand new clothes to communities who need it most – and now, people can also be referred to the centrally located North Adelaide clothing hub.

AnglicareSA CEO Peter Sandeman said new clothing made a huge difference in people’s lives, giving them back their dignity.

“New clothing, especially new clothing you choose for yourself, can be quite powerful,” Mr Sandeman said. “It gives people the opportunity to reframe how they feel about themselves and how they present themselves to the world.

“We are delighted that the mobile wardrobes, and now the clothing hub, enable us to get the brand new clothes to those who need it most. It has a wonderful impact on the lives of children, young people, adults, families and older people across our community who have been struggling.”

The mobile wardrobes enable AnglicareSA to reach out into the community and go direct to the people who need it and now the Thread Together clothing hub in North Adelaide, the first of its kind in SA, will allow the program to expand its reach and support thousands more.

The hub site provides room for the mobile wardrobe vans to be parked and restocked each day. It is also a central location for AnglicareSA and other social services providers to refer clients in need of new, quality clothing.

“For those experiencing vulnerability, hardship and social exclusion, access to new clothing plays a key role in enabling dignity, choice and self-esteem,” Mr Sandeman said. AnglicareSA could not run the Thread Together service without the help of around 30 dedicated volunteers.”

Thread Together collects excess boxes of clothing from fashion houses and sends them to their warehouse where they are sorted by volunteers. Clothing is then distributed to charity partners such as AnglicareSA across Australia.

How to access the AnglicareSA Thread Together service

  • For existing AnglicareSA customers, speak to your AnglicareSA support worker
  • For those receiving support from other agencies, ask your support worker to call 8267 1312 or email
  • For those not currently receiving support but needing assistance, call 8267 1312, email or access an AnglicareSA emergency assistance site:
  • Magdalene Centre, 82 Gilbert Street, Adelaide
  • Elizabeth Mission, 91-93 Elizabeth Way, Elizabeth
  • Outer Southern Hub, 111 Beach Road, Christies Beach

Some photos from the launch

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