Schools and Education

Shoe Aid is a national charity based in the UK that sources and supplies free footwear through a collection and distribution network, so no child or adult needs to go without shoes.

Our mission is to tackle footwear poverty

Shoe Aid has a positive impact on the environment as we re-distribute footwear rather than it ends up at landfill – this is a positive message we aim to communicate.

Your school can take part in a project to collect footwear for shoe aid to use in the fight against footwear poverty. We have downloadable posters to use throughout your school, if you want to personalise them then please let us know. Once you have collected footwear let us know and we will arrange for the items to be collected.

We have a lot of schools that have and already collect footwear for shoe aid. Please also note that schools can access shoe aid for donations of footwear for students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds and families on low incomes and struggling.

We ask where possible that all items of footwear collected are ‘Fit for Purpose’ as in they are not overly damaged have holes or could cause distress or injury, and basically can be comfortably worn again.

Shoe Aid asks schools to consider donations of £1 when donating shoes (any number of shoes as long as they are all fit for purpose) which helps towards the operational costs of Shoe Aid. The charity currently isn’t funded, we raise funds through projects like STEPTEMBER (regional as well as national) so we can continue to support men, women and children throughout the UK through your generosity and support. Please note all fundraising is voluntary and will never be compulsory, we hope that everyone sees the value in the work that we do, making a DIFFERENCE and changing LIVES.

Donation of footwear to support Individuals


All schools can access Shoe Aid donation program by completing a request online and providing details of what footwear you need/or would like help with, In particular pupil premium, we support the provision of school shoes, shoes and trainers (subject availability).


The current cost of living crisis impacts not just the school but the community as a whole, where possible, we like to ensure suitable footwear is available to help individuals attend school.


Whilst we provide all of our footwear for free. running Shoe Aid isn’t. We ask everyone to consider where possible a voluntary donation to support our work and continue to be in a position to provide suitable footwear for everyone.



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