Suit Amnesty helps the homeless get back into work

Businesses across the UK are being asked to give any unused or outgrown suits to charities, helping homeless people. Back for a second year, the people behind the Suit Amnesty hope to help even more homeless people get into employment.

Last year the the initiative collected more than 2,000 suits and helped 22 participating charities.

The idea was born out of a thought that those in the fortunate position of working in businesses could make a huge difference to people who are looking for jobs by donating their suits. Very often there are people from less privileged backgrounds who don't have access to funds and are trying to get into work but want and need some help.

"There are thousands of unwanted suits gathering dust in wardrobes, but equally many more people without enough money to be able to afford to buy one," says Katherine Sparkes from Suit Amnesty. "Owning a suit is something most of us take for granted so to give young and homeless people a step closer towards getting on the employment ladder is a great gift."

There is little doubt that presentation matters when going for a job interview. The Suit Amnesty ensures suitable clothing that is no longer needed can be put to good use and help people take their first step on to the career ladder.

"The Suit Amnesty is a fantastic way to recycle unwanted suits to those who can really benefit from them," says Sian Thomas, marketing officer at participating Newcastle charity The Cyrenians. "The suits are perfect for our back-to-work projects, which are all about getting people off the streets and preparing them for working life. Owning a suit makes a massive difference and will help our service users achieve their full potential."

The Suit Amnesty will be collecting suits until the end of May. Drop-off points span a whole host of businesses from health clubs and hotels to bars and banks, making it accessible to all.

For more information and a full list of drop-off points click here, http://www.thesuitamnesty.co.uk.

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