19/02/16

A one-off pop-up clothing stall for homeless people is set to take place in Cardiff on Saturday 5th March.

Street Store is an international event that sees local communities set up markets for homeless people in their area. Anyone can apply to hold an event, where donations of clothing dropped off at a volunteer-run stall where they are displayed for homeless people to browse and collect. There have only been two Street Store events in the UK to date – in Manchester and Kent – and this is the first event to take place in Wales.

The Street Store Cardiff is being set up by sisters Julia Harris and Sarah Valentin who run ethical design courses from their premises, The Sustainable Studio.

Julia explained why they wanted to host the Street Store event:

“We work a lot in the community with vulnerable people sharing our skills in sewing and up-cycling, and are passionate about reducing clothing waste.

Last October, we met a homeless person after a lovely night out and ended up buying him a meal after he asked us for some spare change. It was heart-breaking to see a person so broken and literally wearing everything he owned.

To see individuals and families in need in this day and age is unbelievable, homelessness shouldn’t exist! We saw The Street Store idea on social media and thought it was the perfect way to do something practical to help.”

The event is being held in conjunction with The Wallich homelessness charity who will be on hand to provide advice and support. The charity supports current and former rough sleepers as well as people who have moved into its hostel accommodation after losing their homes.

Members of the public are invited to donate items of clothing at St Mary’s Street on Friday 4th March, before the Street Store opens for business the following day. As well as waterproof coats, warm jackets and hiking boots, donations of good quality casual clothing and footwear are also welcomed.

Those wishing to help out by volunteering or by donating items of clothing will find more information at www.thewallich.com/street-store-cardiff.