Clothes store update: 17.07.2019. This list is updated regularly.
For all clothes donations enquiries: email@example.com
Please note – due to current lack of storage space, we regret we CANNOT take LARGE bags of donations. However donations in smaller instalments are very welcome – and needed!
Please email us first at firstname.lastname@example.org before bringing us donations if you have MORE THAN TWO CARRIER BAG FULLS or MORE THAN ONE BIN LINER.
Please email us at email@example.com if you are not sure whether what you want to donate is suitable and would like further advice.
What do we need now? Here’s the Top Ten:
Top of the list: BOXER SHORTS + men’s pants (clean, washed and pre-worn is OK too)
Duvets, blankets and sleeping bags.
Men’s trousers + jogging bottoms – sizes 28”, 30” and 32”
Men’s boots, shoes and trainers
Tissues – small packs of paper tissues
Deodorants for men
Shaving cream, shaving gel & good quality razors
XXXL clothing for men or women
Women’s shoes size 7 and 8
Please read on for information about clothes that we can use, and what we can’t. Any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We rely on your donations to help us support people to be clothed adequately when sleeping rough or through their journey from homelessness to being accommodated, so please keep in touch with us.
Clothes are donated to our guests. Some of our guests are sleeping rough on the pavement in doorways, underground car parks, stairwells or in tents, in cars and vans, or boats.
Other guests are living in hostels or moving between hostels and other temporary accommodation. Some of our guests are accommodated but have a history of homelessness.
Almost all of our guests find it hard to make ends meet whilst others have challenges in their lives which make meeting material needs very difficult.
Clothing needs to be practical to cope with the weather and to keep people warm. Shoes need to be waterproof. Clothes need to be clean and in good condition.
Clothing needs to be suitable for the current season – winter. That’s why we can’t take summer clothes.
People like to look nice and each person has their own taste in clothes; being homeless does not change this!
Whilst The Gatehouse does not have room to store formal clothing such as suits or shirts, we like to provide a choice of good outdoor and casual clothing to help people present themselves in a way that makes them feel good, and is also practical.
What are the things The Gatehouse always needs?
Blankets (wool/acrylic – no cotton please)
Duvets (synthetic not feather)
Sleeping bags (new and used)
Camping mats to protect sleeping bags from wet ground
Tents (small, 2 person – no larger please)
Groundsheets for camping
Rucksacks and holdalls
Waterproof trousers and jackets
Men’s boxer shorts – small to medium
Razors (nice ones preferred!)
Shaving cream + shaving gel
Belts – men’s belts; very large ones for big people would be welcome!
New hairbrushes (not used) and sturdy combs
Deodorants (we are always running out!)
Tissues – paper tissues in small packs
Shampoo + shower gel in large bottles (not ‘minis)
Candles – candles preferred to night lights
Men’s waterproof trainers + boots
Women’s outdoor/practical shoes + boots sizes 7 -8
Women’s XXL trousers + leggings
Men’s outdoor practical coats and jackets
Men’s casual trousers especially size 28”, 30” and 32”; and sizes 48”, 50” – and above
Please note that at the moment we DON’T NEED ANY MORE:
Women’s tops unless size 20 or above
Women’s dresses or skirts unless size 20 or above
Women’s shoes / boots unless size 7 or 8 or above
Sanitary towels and tampons
Hats – we have lots already
Sheets, pillow and duvet cases
Please DO NOT DONATE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
Summer clothes + shorts (men’s or women’s)
Baby + children’s clothes
Formal men’s clothing – suits, trousers, jackets
Men’s summer trousers
Sun tan lotion; used lipsticks + used lip balm
Summer shoes, canvas shoes, crocs and slippers
Half used mini travel shampoo or shower gels
Used underwear – please donate new items only
We also request:
– NO dirty, unwashed items or things smelling strongly of sweat, stale cigarettes – or marijuana!!
– NO ripped, damaged, moth-eaten or heavily stained items.
And yes, we have had all of the above! If you are in doubt, please email: email@example.com
No – we don’t have any way of selling on donated items we can’t use.
We regularly get lots of things we cannot use but would love to be able to convert into much needed funds. We have to sort unsuitable items, bag them up and arrange transport to charity shops.
Can you help?
In the last year, we have had brand new, silk, chiffon dresses, designer label suits, high heeled shoes, and delicate handmade crochet throws and blankets. These things are beautiful but they can’t be used for living on the street.
If you have something lovely, you could use it to raise funds for The Gatehouse! How about selling on line or organising a (retro) jumble sale (remember jumble sales? J) or arranging a ‘Swishing Party’? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/green-living-blog/2012/feb/20/clothes-swishing-parties
Let us know if you do!
Can’t The Gatehouse just throw away or pass on unneeded items?
Items given to us which are not on our list cause us extra work. We have to bag these up (sometimes as many as ten bin liners in one go!) and organise transport to take them to charity shops. You can help us by keeping the need to do this to a minimum.
St Giles Parish Church Hall
10 Woodstock Road
Oxford OX2 6HT
Our entrance is:
Through the double yellow doors overlooking the Parish Hall garden just alongside Woodstock Road and behind St Giles Church, (as you approach from town).
Just go up the steps to the double yellow doors and tap on the doors. Someone will come and open the door for you.
If you come when the Gatehouse Café is open, the doors will be open and guest and staff will be in the garden and near the doors – just ask for a member of staff and people will be happy to get someone for you.
It’s best to deliver about half an hour before the Café opens. Once we are open it can be quite busy on the doors.
If you can’t come before we open, you are still very welcome to deliver during our opening times.
The Gatehouse Café is open to guests:
5 – 7 pm Monday to Friday
4 – 6pm Sundays
Please ask for a staff member to take your donation.
In the unlikely event that no one answers the door, please try ringing the office 01865 792 999.
Please Note: All staff and volunteers work at The Gatehouse PART TIME. There is no one in the building outside of our main opening times and the preparation and clean up times for these sessions.
Please NEVER LEAVE DONATIONS ON THE DOOR. Items left on the door get damaged by rain or can be stolen.
If you are bringing items collected by someone else and you don’t know what’s in the bags, please check-or ask one of our staff to check-that the items are ones that listed on this page.
There’s no parking space for The Gatehouse but you can park temporarily on the road by the Parish Hall Garden and leave a sign on your car to say you are unloading.
There is a space between the Parish Hall Garden and the bins and bicycle racks at the back of St Giles Church which, if empty, you can park to unload. This is parking space belonging to the Church and can only be used for a few minutes while you unload.
Please pass on this link to anyone interested in donating clothes to The Gatehouse:
Thank you for offering to donate to The Gatehouse. Our guests DO appreciate the generosity of the general public and acknowledge this support as they face the hostile challenge of living on the street.
Whilst you might be able to keep yourself clean, keeping your belongings clean and dry when it’s cold or pouring with rain can be hard on the streets. Your donations go a long way supporting people in the uphill struggle with the elements.