Hygiene poverty is not being able to afford many of the everyday hygiene and personal grooming products most of us take for granted. The reality of low income is that it restricts people’s options, leaving us caught between being able to heat our homes, pay the rent, eat or be clean.
- It is struggling to wash your hair because you can’t afford shampoo.
- It is not being able to purchase deodorant because money is needed for the electric card.
- It is not being able to replace a toothbrush when needed or sharing a toothbrush because one each just isn't an option.
- It is being unable to change your baby's nappy as often as is needed and scraping out the contents before reapplying it.
- It is washing hair, bodies, faces, and clothes in the same cheap washing up liquid used for the dishes.
- It is being housebound because you can’t afford period protection or must improvise with rolled up loo roll and socks.
- It is having to choose between shaving foam and razors, or the transport fare to a job interview.
- It is going to school with matted hair because there is only one hairbrush in the household and there’s no time for everyone to get a chance to use it.
- It is not being able to launder clothes, school uniform and muddy sports kit when needed.
- It is being ‘judged’ for living in an unclean home because you can’t afford the cost of household cleaning products.
The Lincoln Hygiene Bank is a local project for the national The Hygiene Bank Charity. Our role is to collect donated personal hygiene and household cleaning products from the community, to put packs together for those who are struggling. Personal hygiene shouldn’t be a luxury.
We have several donation points all over the city of Lincoln. Our list continues to grow, and we always need more places that can help.
Lincoln Hygiene Bank Donation Points
- Lincoln Unitarian Chapel (High Street)
- University of Lincoln (Witham House, Multi-Faith Chaplaincy)
- Bishop Grossteste University
- Craftea Café
- St Peter at Gowt’s Church (December 2022 only)
- J & S Plumbing (Whisby Way)
- Boots – Carlton Centre, Birchwood, and High Street locations
- Lincolnshire Co-op Pharmacies – Selected locations from 2023
In 2023, we will be holding collection sessions for those who need hygiene products every Wednesday, 1pm to 3pm, at the Lincoln Unitarian Chapel.
We are in search for volunteers to help at the collection sessions, as well as people who can help gain donations from the community. If you think that you can help, please get in contact with us.
For more information about the Lincoln Hygiene Bank, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org. We can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
For more information about combatting hygiene poverty, visit the national Hygiene Bank charity at thehygienebank.com