A clothing container for the community

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  • Wolf Lock storage container meets community need
  • Container converted from bike shed to clothing hub
  • Container solution means more people benefit from service

Helping meet community need

A Wolf Lock container is being used by a Christchurch community and volunteer organisation as a hub for a project that supplies clothes to people in need.  

Pathway Trust started the Clothing Project to provide quality second-hand clothes to women and men who need support as they transition from prison back into the community.

Royal Wolf originally donated the container in 2019 for the trust’s Bike Project, which trained young men from the youth unit at Christchurch Men’s Prison to restore old bikes. However, with Pathway seeing an increased need for clothing they converted the container for the project. 

Renee Jones, Support Service Coordinator at Pathway, says much of what the trust does relies on the generosity and support of businesses and people in the community.

“The partnership between Royal Wolf and Pathway has not only enabled us to run our bike project but allowed us to start the new clothing project.

“The container means more people are able to benefit from our programmes because all of these precious items are already on site, and we can be there for them straight away to make a difference.”

Converting the container

To ready the container for the clothing project, a volunteer designer and a team of volunteer builders refitted the container with shelving, hanging rails and tables for the team from the Clothing Project to work on.

The Wolf Lock, which has a single lever mechanism to make opening the doors easier and safer, means volunteers have easy access throughout the day and can be locked securely at night.

Renee says: “What makes the work we do all worthwhile is when you hear a mum say, ‘We had the cot; the pram and all the big stuff, but we hadn't started buying clothes when the baby came early. We reached out to Pathway and they really came through for us’.”

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