Is Wrap Up a charity?

Wrap Up is a campaign run by local Rotary Clubs, in partnership with the registered charity Hands On London (1140291). Founded in 2010, Hands On London offers opportunities for individuals to volunteer with third sector organisations across Greater London and organises corporate group employee volunteering events, strengthening corporate social responsibility initiatives. With a huge variety of projects to get involved in, Hands On London is inspiring Londoners to make a difference in their communities. If you’d like to know more about Hands On London, why not check out their website.

Where do the coats go?

Coats donated to Wrap Up are distributed via homeless shelters, refugee centres, organisations supporting the elderly, women’s refuges, children’s centres and other charities helping people in crisis.

I have a light jacket – will that do?

Your light coat may act as layering. However it is preferable to our charity partners to receive heavy duty coats that are weather resistant.

Will you take duvets, sleeping bags or other clothes apart from coats?

The Wrap Up project is being powered exclusively by volunteers through Rotary Clubs, we do not have the operational capacity or connections to accept anything other than coats. While we appreciate the gesture behind giving other kinds of clothing to the Wrap Up Family, unfortunately, it just slows down our ability to sort through and distribute coats to those in need.

Can you guarantee my donation really does go to someone who needs it?

We work with many of our charities and beneficiaries throughout the year, so can confidently confirm that they serve the UK’s most vulnerable people. Should we have a surplus of coats will look for other organisations to ensure your donation reaches a vulnerable person.

Will my coat be sold on?

No. For the small percentage of coats that are donated in very poor condition, we work with various recycling organisations. These organisations offer ethical use of the recycled products.

Can you tell me where my donation goes?

Your donation will go to one of our chosen charities and community organisations, check out our beneficiaries page for full details.

Your campaign looks like you’ve spent a lot of money on it…

The Wrap Up campaign is delivered by a team of dedicated volunteers from local Rotary Clubs. We are lucky that so many wonderful organisations and individuals believe in the campaign and want to make it a success; it is their generosity that enables Wrap Up to happen. Every year, Rotarians across the country give up their own personal time to help vulnerable individuals by making Wrap Up happen.

Can I help?

If you are interested in helping please get in touch via the Contact Page.

Why do you have big businesses on your leaflets?

We are grateful to all our sponsors, who choose to sponsor different parts of Wrap Up. Without their backing, Wrap Up would not be sustainable.

There are homeless people on the streets – why don’t you just take the coats directly to them?

We have worked very closely with our charities and their advice is to distribute the coats we collect through them rather than directly. This is to ensure that the coats reach those most in need. People who receive the coats are encouraged to collect them from shelters, centres etc. Whilst there, they are able to access other services that can help them rebuild their lives.

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