The Hygiene Bank Northern Ireland is a grassroots, community initiative giving hygiene, personal care & household cleaning products to those of us who need them across Northern Ireland.
My name is Jean McGrogan and I first started volunteering for The Hygiene Bank Northern Ireland (THBNI) in December 2018. With continuing support of family and friends initially it has grown to 8 other projects throughout Northern Ireland.
We rely totally on donations of hygiene products from the public, dropped off to our Collection/Drop Off Points in retail outlets, offices and to our volunteers. Since the start of the pandemic our drop off points have either closed or more difficult to get to. We need to now raise vital funds to purchase the much needed hygiene products for our charity partners.
All projects are coordinated by volunteers.
We cover most counties in NI ... a few more to tap into. Our vision would be to cover as many counties as possible enabling us to offer help to more charity partners throughout NI.
Our charity partners include Foodbanks, (Trussell Trust) Community organisations, Simon Community and Women’s Aid.
Our ethos is to collect locally and give back to local charities in the community helping to give dignity to those less fortunate. Sadly, hygiene poverty comes with a social stigma that affects all areas of life, work, school and relationships We know that a lack of access to hygiene products impacts confidence, self-esteem and prospects in those who are most vulnerable. People miss out on employment and promotion opportunities. Women find themselves housebound because they can’t afford period products, children skip school because they don't have clean uniform or PE kit.
Any money raised will be used to purchase hygiene products which will be delivered to our charitable organisations, enabling them to reach out to individuals in need.
We want to make sure everyone living in hygiene poverty in Northern Ireland has access to the basics and we need your help to make this happen. Every donation, big or small, makes a difference and we couldn’t do what we do without your support. Please give what you can to help reach our target of £2K!