Mum’s The Word is a Community Interest Company (CIC reg no: 08562627.)
Two mums Caroline and Rachel, were one day sat having coffee, putting the world to rights, the subject of school uniforms was raised. They had both come across an article in the local paper, about a lady called Rita Bibby who, had started to collect unwanted school uniforms in her local town, it was this story that lead to Caroline and Rachel taking the first steps to developing what is now known as Mums the Word.
Together, they decided to meet with Rita and explain what ideas they had, Rita was the catalyst and encouraged Rachel and Caroline to do what they thought was right and so the journey began.
Demand to donate was so great that in October 2011 Mum’s The Word (MTW) was founded and the decision was made to put collection baskets (Drop Spots) in any schools, organisations and community buildings that would have them.
To find your nearest ‘Drop Spot’ please check the ‘Drop Spot’ finder or call 07968 802 824.
For the whole of 2012, Rachel and Caroline both worked full time, supporting their own families and working relentlessly to meet the ever increasing demands from communities requesting items of school uniforms, Brownies, Guides, Cubs, Scouts, Karate, Cricket, Horse riding, fishing and all other hobbies/activity items.
Also during this period, a number of organisations started requesting warm children’s clothes, bedding, towels, curtains, and other household items for children and families. These requests made such an impact on Caroline and Rachel that they decided to collect all textiles including adult clothing, household items and toys, consequently, Caroline and Rachel made the decision to offer their exchange service which is still available to anybody today.
Temporary free retail premises were given to MTW from The Mall management team that ran from June 2013 – Jan 2014 in the The Mall, Blackburn. This opportunity was supported by a team of volunteers in association with Training 2000, it also enabled MTW to reach out to many more people. It was during this period that the decision was made to offer brand new, low cost school uniform items, offering another choice on the high street.
In September 2014 Rachel made the decision to resign from her post as Director and Secretary at MTW and venture onto pastures new.
Caroline continues to develop the organisation, now located within the community of Darwen on the 3 day Market. Mums the Word now supplies 10 schools and a host of other organisations with school uniforms and work wear. Mums the Word is a supplier of New school uniforms with social value, it offers all parents new, quality, value for money school uniforms and at the same time, we all support each other and the most vulnerable children in our communities. How? people are encouraged to donate unwanted school uniform items, pants, skirts, shirts, coats, shoes etc and Mums the Word offers these items to others for a small donation and for our most at risk children for free!
Mums the Word is supported by Clarke & Clarke, this organisation donates all their remnant fabric some soft furnishings and furniture to us which in turn is sold on a stall also located on Darwen 3 day market and is managed by a small team of volunteers who adore fabric and Clarke & Clarke. The sales from the fabric and other items supports the work we all do.
We’d like to say a big thank you to all our volunteers, past and present, for all your hard work and support. To all the people that we’ve met along this journey thank you for your words of support, donations and kindness.
MTW is grateful to the following organisations for their continued support:
Blackburn with Darwen Council, Public Health, Clarke & Clarke, Jubilee Tower Credit Union, UnLtd, Bootstrap Enterprises, Lancashire Community Recycling Network, Blackburn CVS, Twin Valley Homes, Broken Arcs.
Thank you to you all.