Donate Clothes

Donations Update

 Due to current Covid-19 restrictions and a backlog of pre-lockdown donations, Smart Works Reading will not be able to accept individual donations for the time being.  Later in the year our clients will need high quality winter-wear so if you are able to hold items for us, we will update the website when we are able to take donations again.

 Many thanks for your patience and your continuing support.

We always welcome donations of high-quality interview-appropriate clothes, shoes and accessories in excellent condition.

We are urgently in need of the following:

  • Winter coats in all sizes
  • Shoes in all sizes, especially flat shoes
  • Handbags, particularly larger bags

Individual Donations

If you are an individual with some spare high quality clothing or accessories to donate, please do get in touch. Please do contact us before bringing donations to our centre, as we may not be able to accept them but we can recommend other charities who may be able to benefit from the donation.


If you are a clothes, accessories, shoe or handbag retailer who would like to donate surplus stock to Smart Works, we would love to hear from you.  At Smart Works, we are passionate advocates of the transformative and positive power of fashion and we are quietly proud to play a part in the corporate responsibility approach of many of our partners. Contact us to discuss further!

Corporate Donations

If you work for a large organisation, you might consider running a donation drive for Smart Works and can download the Reading Clothing Drive pack 

As we receive a large volume of clothing donations, we also suggest other fundraising activities or corporate volunteering days as another way to support our centre and the service that we provide. See our Donate Money page for fundraising ideas or please contact us to discuss further.

We don't currently accept the following:

  • Linen items
  • Denim items
  • Underwear
  • Used makeup and toiletries
  • Trainers
  • Men’s or children’s clothes

For charities that accept the above items click on the following links:

Where do donations go?