Dressability offers support to care homes

By Ben Carey on 1 June, 2020

A Swindon-based charity is continuing to offer support to the local community, despite having to temporarily suspend its usual services.

Dressability works to support the clothing needs of individuals with disabilities and those with limited dexterity through a personal tailoring service.

In order to prioritise the health and wellbeing of staff and service-users throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Dressability has been unable to provide its core services to users. However, the charity’s team of dressmakers were still determined to offer their skills and have instead turned to the production of facemasks for donation to local care homes.

Also keen to offer their support, the charity’s team of volunteers have been busy creating special washing bags to enable the uniforms worn by carers and medical staff to be safely stowed away at the end of their shift, ready for washing and with no risk of contamination to others.

A spokesperson for Dressability said, “With both products in much demand and the ongoing thrum of sewing machines demonstrating more traditional skills still have an essential role in these technology dominated times, we are looking forward to things returning more to normal and being able to resume delivery of our standard service.

“Most people take for granted the ability to access clothing reflecting their personal preferences and manage the processes of dressing; it is often not straightforward for people with disabilities, limited mobility, sensory problems or physical difference. This can cause anxiety, creating dependency and seriously impacting levels of social participation.

“Through addressing issues with fit, fabric or fastenings,  the team at Dressability aim to empower our clients of all ages to see beyond their disabilities, through providing access to clothing in which they feel comfortable, confident and secure.”

The charity is keen to develop and expand the delivery of its service. For further information or to make a donation visit the Dressability website.