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All Dressed Up2020-01-24T17:29:47+00:00

All Dressed Up is a not-for-profit project that gifts donated prom dresses to school students in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire that need them.

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Other ways to help
How it works

About.

No teenage girl should miss their school prom because they can’t afford a dress to wear.

All Dressed Up is a not-for-profit project that gifts donated prom dresses to school students in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire that need them.

To ensure the dresses reach those in most financial need; schools, social workers and youth services in Herts and Beds are contacted to identify and invite young people along to one of our pop-up shops (in Luton and Welwyn Garden City) where they can choose a prom dress free of charge.

Launched by Lara Davis in 2019, All Dressed Up is all about inclusion and sustainable fashion. We receive no funding, so we are very grateful to all our project partners and volunteers for their support.

Other ways to help.

No dresses to donate? No problem, you can still help!

This year we’re running pop-up shops at The Mall Luton and at The Howard Centre, Welwyn Garden City. We are grateful to the following individuals and companies for their support for this year’s shops. Can you provide items or discount vouchers for our goody bags? We’d love to talk to you

  • heavy duty clothes rails, mirrors and clothes hangers for our pop-up shops thanks to Waste Aware Hertfordshire Partnership
  • make up artists from Body Shop Luton and Catherine Batour
  • personal stylists Nina Whitehead and Lisa Wisdom
  • items to furnish and style our pop-up shops thanks to Zig Zag Event Decorations Luton.
  • heels for girls to try on with their dresses thanks to Primark Luton.
  • printing of invites thanks to The Mall Luton
  • venues for our pop-up shop thanks to The Howard Centre and  The Mall Luton
  • large carrier bags thanks to Superdry Luton, Lipsy London, Oui, Threads Harpenden, Chloe James Lifestyle, Body Shop Luton, Topshop Luton.
  • items for goody bags thanks to Singhar Beauty and M&S in Welwyn Garden City, Next
  • discount vouchers for goody bags thanks to M&S and Anytime Fitness in WGC.

How it works.

  1. Clean, good condition, new or pre-loved dresses suitable for a school prom, evening bags and accessories are donated.
  2. Teachers, social workers and youth workers in Herts and Beds can request invites to our pop-up prom dress shops for  Year 11 students that receive pupil premium / low income by emailing lara.davis@alldressedup.org.uk. Because there is a limited number of invites to our pop-up shops, please check how many students want them, before you make your request; invites are first come, first served.
  3. Parents or carers of Year 11 students that receive pupil premium / low income should speak to their child’s Head of Year if they are eligible for an invite and would like one.
  4. Invites are passed on to young people confidentially by their school, social worker or youth worker. No names or contact details of young people invited are given to All Dressed Up.
  5. Every young person is asked to come to our pop-up shops with an adult – a relative, carer or friend over 18 years – and must bring their invite which they can exchange for a prom dress free of charge.
  6. There will be a good selection of dresses (styles and sizes) to choose from, but there’s no guarantee that everyone finds a dress that’s suitable for them.

FAQs

We’re looking for dresses suitable for a school prom that are in good condition, clean and ready to wear. Dresses can be:

  • New or preloved
  • All sizes
  • Long or short

>> Where to donate your dresses

We need dresses suitable for a prom, evening bags and accessories (we can’t take shoes)

>> Where to donate your dresses

We’d love to receive some evening bags and other suitable accessories, but we can’t accept shoes.

>> Where to send your donations

If you don’t have dresses or accessories to donate there are plenty of other ways you could help. 

We contact heads of year 11 and family workers in secondary schools, social workers and youth services to ask them to identify and invite young people who would benefit from a prom dress from our pop-up shop and would like to come along. We can’t take self referrals and an invite will be needed to gain entry to the shop.

If you are a member of staff in any Herts or Beds secondary school, a health or social care professional or youth worker, you can request invites for students that receive pupil premium or low income up by emailing lara,davis@alldressedup.org.uk with your contact name, quantity needed and postal address. Because there are limited invites available please check with students that they want one before you make your request. This ensures no invites are wasted.

Our pop-up prom dress shops are invite only. If you are invited (via your school, social worker or youth worker) all details you need will be on your invite. Don’t forget to bring it with you to gain entry to the shop –  you’ll need it to exchange for a dress.

The range of dresses we have at our pop-up shops will depend on those we receive as donations, so we cannot guarantee that you will find something that suits you. We ask people to donate dresses in all styles and sizes and there will be a good selection available.

All the dresses have been donated, so your dress is free of charge.

Because we don’t hold a list of who has been invited to the pop-up shop, unfortunately you won’t be able to come in without your invite. You’ll also need to have it with you to exchange for your dress.

Because all the dresses are donated, you can keep it to wear again or pass it on to someone. If you’d like to donate it back to us, you can post it to All Dressed Up c/o The Mall Luton, Mall Management, 37 The Mall, Luton LU1 2JL.

Contact.

If you have any questions about All Dressed Up, please email us or fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you.

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Thank you to our project partners