The Winter Coat Exchange

A warm winter coat is a basic necessity. But for individuals facing difficulties, families stretched by the cost of living crisis, people trapped in poverty, a coat is yet another essential item they have no choice but to sacrifice.

We’re hoping to change that. With your help, we can redistribute good quality coats to those who need them – free of charge, no questions asked – and provide much-needed comfort this winter.

Our Mission

The impact of the cost of living crisis is being felt right across Scotland. Around 1 in 5 people are living in poverty. Having to sacrifice basic necessities such as a winter coat can have a hugely detrimental impact on a person’s dignity and on their mental wellbeing. So, we’re taking proactive steps to help.

The Winter Coat Exchange is not only a practical response to the cost of living crisis, but also to the climate crisis – a cause which lies at the heart of We Relove. The Winter Coat Exchange is a sustainable solution that aims to keep quality clothes out of landfill and in use for longer, thus promoting a circular economy and helping to reduce the environmental impact of the textile industry.

Find your nearest Coat Collection Point, donate your unwanted winter coats, and we will ensure they are readily available to anyone who needs them.

Become a Coat Collection Point

Last year we rehomed more than 7,000 coats. This year, demand remains high and we are determined to help even more people.

If you would like to get involved, you can register your business, organisation, charity or community group as an official Winter Coat Exchange Collection Point.

We will arrange regular collections and ensure every coat you collect is rehomed as soon as possible.

We Relove's Efforts

Visit your nearest Collection Point

Need a coat? You’re not alone. Whatever your personal circumstances, we can help you – no charge, no judgement, no questions asked.

We ensure each of our donated coats is good quality so it can see you through this winter and beyond. Our stock is constantly replenished to ensure there is always a range of ages, sizes and styles available, so you can browse and choose whichever coat you like. Take one for yourself, for a relative, for a friend – no one should have to go without a coat this winter.

Know More About Us

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is my nearest Coat Collection Point?

You can find your nearest Coat Collection Point using our handy Coat Collection Locator.

Do you sell the coats you receive?

No, every coat is available completely free of charge.

Can I post my coats to you?

If you cannot drop off a coat at any of our Coat Collection Points, you can post it to one of the three Leith Collective stores:

The Leith Collective at Ocean Terminal
Ocean Drive
Edinburgh
EH6 6JJ

The Leith Collective at Fort Kinnaird
Newcraighall
Edinburgh
EH15 3RD

The Leith Collective at St Enoch Centre
Glasgow
G1 4BW

Do you accept children's coats?

Yes, we happily accept children’s coats of all ages.

Do you accept fur coats?

Sorry, we are not able to accept any real fur coats.

Do you accept other items of clothing (hats, scarves, gloves etc) ?

Sorry, we are not able to accept any items of clothing other than winter coats and waterproof jackets.