Written by Sarah Weller www.thewellerway.co.uk
The Hygiene Bank have generously supported the Supported Housing project where I work since it’s inception. The Hostel in Tunbridge Wells supports vulnerable young teenagers and adults from 16-25. Our clients can come to us from the street or sofa surfing, with no possessions, so it is vital that we can provide them with a welcome pack of toiletries and hygiene essentials on their arrival. The support of the Hygiene Bank has made this possible.
However, the impact of The Hygiene Bank is much more than simply providing hygiene supplies. Living on benefits, some clients might not prioritise the purchase of good quality toiletries and so there was always the risk of theft from the communal bathrooms. What I’ve begun to notice that now that every client has their own stash of self- care products, theft has diminished which has resulted in much less conflict within the community.
Our client’s were the grateful beneficiaries of the #ITSINTHEBAG Christmas campaign. A young person told me that her bag contained everything that she needs. It struck me that she didn’t say what she wanted! This is the reality of poverty, there is no room for dreams, wishes or wants.