Perennial offers help with costs of school uniforms

PERENNIAL, the charity for people in horticulture across the UK, is ready to support families this September meet the rising costs of school.  Uniform, sports equipment, school trips, term-time food, transport and other essential education equipment can put real financial pressure on families.

Where there is a gap in short term provision or where families cannot access the help they need, Perennial can directly support them.

Julia Hayne, Director of Services at Perennial says, “We know many families are frustrated that, despite being in work and budgeting carefully, they are still struggling to meet the growing demands on their finances. We’re here to alleviate some of the pressure.”

Perennial can help families where at least one parent or carer works or has recently worked in horticulture. The charity’s professional, friendly team can help people access support towards the costs of uniform and sports kit, books and other essential equipment, term time transport, educational school trips and term time meal provision.

In addition to uniform, school trips are an expense that many families cannot afford. A typical day trip ranges in cost from £10 to £80 per pupil with additional transport costs depending on the school and the trip. Residential trips can range from £200 to £350.

People find themselves in need of help for any number of reasons including redundancy, illness, injury, family bereavement or another life-changing event. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution as every person’s situation is different, but Perennial is here for everyone working in, or retired from any branch of horticulture.

If you, or someone you know, works in horticulture and needs a helping hand, contact Perennial in confidence on 0800 093 8543, email or request support online at

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