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School Savvy Back to School Relief Eases Pressure for Local Families

23 February, 2023

CatholicCare’s annual back-to-school initiative that assists families with the rising cost and stress of getting students ready for the new school year has again witnessed huge demand in 2023.

Over 4,000 people walked through the doors of a School Savvy CQ back to school pop-up shop in January, which opened across eight locations within the Central Queensland Region.

Each year, School Savvy pop-up shops offer quality second hand uniforms and essential booklist stationery supplies for as little as $1 to students in the Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Gracemere, Mount Morgan, Bundaberg, Gin Gin, Childers and Mackay areas. Some of the pop-up shops also provide students with free basic haircuts.

CatholicCare Director, Robert Sims, said that the number of people who accessed the service last month reflected the tough financial pressures that many families are facing.  “The level of demand that we saw really reinforces why School Savvy is so needed in our community.”

With housing crises and the rising cost of living heavily impacting families throughout 2022, Mr Sims said that it was no wonder that people were still feeling the pinch.

School Savvy pop-up shops will be back again in January 2024 and the team at CatholicCare already have preparations well underway.

If you would like to learn more or enquire about becoming a business supporter, visit or find School Savvy CQ on Facebook.