Clothing charity Thread Together has announced the expansion of its highly demanded wardrobe capsule service to address the immediate need for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

Since its conception last year, the initiative has delivered 100 wardrobe capsules in shelters across Australia providing nearly 3000 women and children with essential clothing items on arrival.

 The service will expand into another 100 women’s shelters by the end of 2024 as more women and children seek help to start a new life free of violence.

 The major milestone was marked at an event alongside charity and financial partners Goodman, PAYCE Foundation, CommBank and the Saunders Family.

 The PAYCE Foundation has committed $300,000 over three years to support the service launched 12 months ago.

 Thread Together CEO Anthony Chesler says whilst the success of the service is promising, the demand is still extremely high.

 “Shelters across the country save lives but often didn’t have a dignified solution for clothing. Thread Together identified a gap to provide immediate clothing on arrival for women and children escaping domestic violence.”

 We have developed a scalable solution that supports victim-survivors as they restore their dignity. Given the importance of the service and the demand, there is currently a waitlist of 30 shelters.”

 Once settled into their temporary accommodation, recipients will have the opportunity to order a more substantial wardrobe for themselves and their children via Thread Together’s online service.