With one in eight adults not having access to adequate clothing the HBNC has partnered with Thread Together to support participants who are struggling to purchase suitable work wear to ensure they are comfortable and ready to start their employment journey. Thread Together collects end-of-line brand new stock from fashion retailers around the country and partners with local charities to provide the clothing to those in need.

Sheenah Heinonen, Manager for Children, Family and Youth at HBNC said, “we believe circumstances and disadvantage should not prevent people from accessing clothing to allow them to realise their full potential. The LIFT program, which provides a chance for Hervey Bay residents to find their purpose and take meaningful steps towards the job or career of their dreams through a network of events, training and coaching opportunities, will now have access to these resources”.

Thread Together was founded in 2012, based on a simple idea to donate rather than dispose of unsold clothing. The fashion industry is one of the largest polluting industries in the world, with up to one third of unsold clothing ending up in landfill or incineration. Today, Thread Together provides clothing to thousands of people across the country every week through partnerships with hundreds of fashion brands.

Tanya Stevenson, CEO of HBNC said, “We all know the feeling that goes with a new outfit, even if it’s just a summer dress or a casual T-shirt. Choosing new clothing that feels good, and reflects our personalities and tastes, builds our confidence and self-esteem. The partnership with Thread Together will help our participants access clothing that suits their needs in a dignified and empowering way”.

If you are interested in finding out more, drop into the LIFT Lounge every Wednesday morning from 10am – 12pm at the Neighbourhood Hive, visit www.hbnc.com.au or call 4194 3000.