A HALESOWEN uniform exchange is running again for the third year.

The exchange, at the Cornbow Shopping Centre, helps parents meet the costs of schooling by offering second-hand uniform items for free.

It accepts donations of preloved uniforms from all Halesowen schools - both primary and secondary.

Families who are in need of uniform are welcome to come along and take away any items for their children.

The Exchange is open from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday mornings during the holidays, last opening on Thursday August 31.

It is in what was Scrivens Opticians before they moved to larger premises in the centre.  Close to the Hagley Street entrance to the Cornbow Shopping Centre.

Labour campaigner Donella Russell, who came up with idea, said: "Many thanks to Eve O'Connor the manager of the Cornbow Shopping Centre for letting us use a vacant shop again for the uniform exchange.

"Last year we helped over 200 families and are expecting to help even more this year."