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All Dressed Up2019-05-21T12:36:42+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 asked to identify and invite young people along to a pop-up shop where they can choose a prom dress free of charge.

In 2019 we contacted over 50 schools in Luton, Dunstable, St Albans, Harpenden, Hitchin, Hemel Hempstead, Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City, but schools outside those areas were also welcome to request invites. We received 370 donated prom dresses and more than one-third were brand new.

Launched by Lara Davis in 2019, All Dressed Up receives 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!

We are now sorted for:

We still need:

  • dry cleaning for returned dresses
  • storage of dresses for next year

If you can help, we’d love to talk to you.

How it works.

  1. Clean, good condition, new or preloved dresses suitable for a school prom, evening bags and accessories are donated at specific drop off points. (We are currently closed for donations)
  2. Secondary school heads of year 11/pastoral staff, social workers and youth services in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire are contacted to identify young people that may be in need of financial help to go to their school prom.
  3. An invite only ‘Choose your prom dress’ pop-up shop takes place. Make up artists, a hair stylist and a personal stylist are on hand to give ‘prom look’ advice.
  4. Schools in Herts and Beds can request invites to our pop up shop for any Year 11 students that receive pupil premium by emailing lara.davis@alldressedup.org.uk.
  5. Parents/carers of Year 11 students that receive pupil premium should speak to their child’s school, tell them about All Dressed Up and ask the school to email lara.davis@alldressedup.org.uk for invites.
  6. Invites to the pop-up shop 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.
  7. Every young person is asked to come to the pop-up shop 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.
  8. Dresses are provided on a first come first served basis. There’s no guarantee that everyone finds a dress that’s suitable for them, but if they do, we hope they will donate it back to All Dressed Up to gift to someone else the following year.

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
  • Prom, bridesmaid or evening dresses

>> Find out where you can drop dresses off or post them

We need dresses, evening bags and accessories (no shoes) to be donated by 30 April 2019. There are 4 drop off points or you can send them to us by post

>> Find out where you can drop dresses off or post them

We’d love to receive some evening bags and other suitable accessories, but we can’t accept shoes. There are  4 drop off points or you can send them to us by post.

>> Find out where you can drop dresses off or post them

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

We have contacted teachers and family workers in over 50 Herts and Beds secondary schools, social workers and youth services to ask them to identify and invite young people who would benefit from getting a prom dress from our pop-up shop. 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, you can request invites for students that receive pupil premium up until 30 April 2019. Just email lara,davis@alldressedup.org.uk with your contact name, quantity needed and school address. 

The pop-up shop will take place in early May in Luton and is 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 and you’ll need it to exchange for a dress.

The range of dresses we have at the pop-up shop will depend on those we receive as donations, so we cannot guarantee that you will find something that suits you. We have asked people to donate dresses in all styles and sizes and we now have dresses in stock from size 4 to size 22. Over one-third of the dresses donated this year are brand new,

All the dresses have been donated, so your dress is free of charge. We would love you to donate it back to us after your prom so that we can gift it to someone else next year. You can drop it off or post it to Mall Management Office, The Mall Luton, 37 The Mall, Luton LU1 2LJ

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.

We’re sure you will look after your dress but if you damage it don’t worry. We’d love it if you donated your dress back to us after your prom so we can gift it to someone else next year. Drop it off or post to Mall Management Office, The Mall Luton, 37 The Mall, Luton LU1 2LJ.

It would be great if you could return your dress after your prom so that we can gift it to someone else next year. Just drop or post your dress (preferably clean) to Mall Management, The Mall Luton (Gallery level), 37 The Mall, Luton LU1 2LJ.

Contact.

If you have any questions about All Dressed Up, or can help with things we need for our pop-up shop, please email us or fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you. You can also follow us on Facebook.

Thank you to our project partners