At the centre Latest news Community School Uniform Swap Shop Returns Parents across Smethwick and neighbouring areas are benefiting from a community led school uniform swap shop which has been launched at the Dorothy Parkes Centre. Staff, volunteers and a local laundrette have been busy washing over 300 items, including sweatshirts, blazers, skirts and shoes which have been donated by the local community since a donation box arrived at the Centre on 19th July. The Centre will host two more collection days during the October Half Term Holidays on Tuesday 29th October (from 11am to 1pm) and Saturday 2nd November before and after the Hanuman show which takes place at 3pm. The local community are invited to attend and take what items they need. The Dorothy Parkes Centre, on Church Road in Smethwick, is a community centre which helps to address local challenges around health inequality, elderly isolation, low educational attainment and significant unemployment by providing, or hosting, a wide range of activities. Robert Bruce, Chief Executive Officer at Dorothy Parkes Centre, said: “This latest initiative we have launched aims to help the many parents in the area who may struggle with the increasing costs of school uniforms. If anybody would like more information about the swap shop, they can contact the Centre on 0121 558 2998.