A coat-borrowing scheme has been set up outside Kettering’s Yards development.
The coat rail at the shopping experience in Market Street was set up after a customer came up with the idea.
Michaela Jones, managing director at the Yards, said: “A customer of ours, Kate Forster, sent us in the idea of having a ‘giving rail’ as she thought it suited our ethos and we immediately loved it.
“It’s just something to help the community and give back.”
Customers can take a coat if they need one, or leave a coat if they want to help.
Even though spring is approaching it is not particularly warm - especially for the town’s homeless and rough sleepers.
A similar idea has already been set up in Daventry outside the Sheaf Street Health Store.
The store’s owner, Shaun Higgs, said: ““It has attracted a lot of attention, even from people just walking past.
“It is something for the community.
“We pride ourselves on helping the community and being a hub, so it was a little thing we thought that we could do.”