A LIMERICK mother-of-three has come up with a unique way of helping families struggling with back-to-school costs.
With the support of the PAUL Partnership, Suzanne Roche has founded Less Stress More Success, School Bits and Bobs.
It is a non-profit organisation designed to assist families with back to school costs by organising donations of school essentially, including books, uniforms, footwear, jackets and coats.
Alongside two other parents - Charlene Quinlivan and Sinead Daly - Suzanne has secured permission from the Parkway Shopping Centre to collect school uniforms, books, footwear, coats, bags, jackets and stationary among other things on June 8, 9 and 10.
There will also be collection points at all the schools involved in the project.
Once the items are collected, a team of volunteers, co-ordinated by the Limerick Volunteer Centre will clean, sort and pack items, based on an order given by parents.
Parents are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org with their order, and they will be given a unique reference code which will be used to pick up the goods at a collection event set to be held in Our Lady of Lourdes Action Centre on Wednesday, July 25.
Suzanne said she set up the company because she is aware of the steep costs associated with sending children to secondary school.
“I have three children myself, so I would know the full facts of what it is like in this climate. I put the idea up on Facebook first. I set up a group which now has 335 members. From there, I decided to run the collection event in Our Lady of Lourdes action centre, and was given five rooms to distribute the packs,” she explained.
In order to ensure confidentiality, Suzanne is asking people to either email her, or private message her at the group on Facebook, which can be found by searching for “Less Stress More Success, School Bits and bobs”.
So far, 50 families across Limerick are on board.
Suzanne insisted that everyone’s needs will be taken into account, and no preferential treatment will be given to anybody.
In order to support the company’s growth, Suzanne, Sinead and Charlene have enlisted the help of the PAUL Partnership.
They have put in place a steering group in order to develop the business further.