North East Community School Clothing Scheme wins at long awaited awards ceremony.

Updated: Mar 2

On Monday (8th March), the Northern Power Women’s awards were held to coincide with International Women’s day. The awards which were postponed last year because of the pandemic welcomed around 900 guests virtually.

One of the winners of the night was Freema Chambers founder and CEO of the Community School Clothing Scheme, who won the person with purpose 2020 Award. Person with purpose is awarded to a person who achieves an impact, supporting charity, community or social change. Freema was one of 8 category finalists who are all deserving in their own right.

Freema set up the scheme almost 4 years ago, in her own home to support local families with school uniform and accessories. During that time it has grown immensely, the scheme is now helping thousands of families struggling with the financial impact uniform costs have. No longer is the scheme operated by one lady but by a small army of volunteers who are dedicated to relieving the pressures of family poverty in the northeast. In just 3 years the Community School Clothing Scheme has become a vital and essential service for so many and very often the first port of call when someone needs a little help. The scheme provides a huge uniform service, stocking over 400 northeast schools for parents to access not only this but also has a free formal wear service, a free nursery equipment loan service, a furniture and housewares service. Community stores.