The friendliness of Scottish people was always something to be proud of. And now, with the cost of living crisis, rising bills and the cold months creeping over our shoulders, many people are left with deep worry. While the average person probably cannot solve the whole economic crisis, people can still lend each other a helping hand, even if it is in the form of donating a coat. Saturday, October 1 has seen The Leith Collective launch their free coat exchange across its three Scottish stores.
The coats will be available for anyone to collect at Ocean Terminal and Fort Kinnaird completely free of charge, no questions asked. Basically, if you need a coat, just take a coat.
And those who have any spare, good-quality winter coats or waterproof jackets they are willing to part with are encouraged to bring them over.
It is not The Clydeside Collective’s first rodeo at the free coat exchange. In January 2022, it proved to be a genuine lifeline for many individuals and families who were unable to afford a warm and comfortable coat to protect themselves from the elements. And with the current economic climate, this winter is set to be even worse for those struggling.
The Clydeside Collective and The Leith Collective founder, Sara Thomson, expressed: “We launched the winter coat exchange at the beginning of the year and sadly, here we are again. Except this time, it is even worse. Right across Scotland, there are people that are genuinely scared of what this winter may bring. For many people, winter 2022 will be a season of crisis. But we are determined to make a difference, and we know there are countless people in Glasgow and Edinburgh that want to help too.”
What is more, the coat exchange provides a way to promote sustainability and to avoid good quality coats to end up in landfill. So, while tackling the cost of living crisis, The Leith Collective will also manage to simultaneously aid the climate crisis. Every little counts and we should all chip in to help wherever we can. It’s amazing to see that the people of Edinburgh care!
Where can I find The Leith Collective?
The Leith Collective at Ocean Terminal
Ocean Drive, Edinburgh
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 11am – 6pm, and Sunday 11am – 5pm
The Leith Collective at Fort Kinnaird
Opening hours: 10am – 8pm seven days a week