Lambeth sets up fresh collections to challenge hygiene poverty

25 June 2021

Written by: Lambeth Council

Health - Health and Wellbeing - Voluntary and community sector

Lambeth has set up donation boxes to help combat hygiene poverty in Lambeth’s libraries. Now we’re looking for donations of fresh, new soap, shampoo, toothpaste and more.

 

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Lambeth sets up fresh collections to challenge hygiene poverty

Lambeth Libraries are working in partnership with the Hygiene Bank charity to accept donations of hygiene products for those experiencing hygiene poverty.  Donation boxes for Hygiene products have now been delivered to Brixton, West Norwood, Streatham, Durning, South Lambeth and Clapham libraries. Now, we’re looking for your donations – soap, shower gel, sanitary products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, shaving foam, nappies, wipes, toilet paper, washing powder, body lotion, shampoo etc. We must emphasise that these MUST be unused and unopened for health reasons.

Donations delivered

Donation boxes for Hygiene products have now been delivered to Brixton, West Norwood, Streatham, Durning, South Lambeth and Clapham libraries. Now, the donations can start. “Thank you to the people of Brixton for donating hygiene projects to support our message that feeling clean should never be a luxury or a privilege for anyone” – Hygiene Bank.

Word from the Cabinet

Cllr Sonia Winifred, Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture, said: “Lambeth Libraries are pleased to join this new partnership with the Hygiene Bank and be an active part of a shared mission to tackle hygiene poverty alongside our well-established work on overcoming food poverty. We support Hygiene Bank’s mission to stand up for people in crisis and challenge the idea that hygiene poverty can ever be a reason to exclude someone from playing a full role in our society.”

For more information

  • “At the Hygiene Bank we believe it is not right that feeling clean should never be a luxury or a privilege for anyone in our society, yet many are living in poverty and cannot afford to stay clean. Our passion stems from the injustice that people may be unable to fully participate in society due to hygiene poverty. That is why our network of projects exists.  We are a grassroots, people-powered charity and social movement, grounded in community.”
  • To find Lambeth’s drop-off points and opening times to donate clean, new, unopened hygiene products wherever you are in the borough see the Lambeth Libraries map.