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Hygiene products charity partners with Parkwood Pantry to serve local people in need

Hygiene products charity partners with Parkwood Pantry to serve local people in need

National charity The Hygiene Bank, has partnered with Parkwood Pantry based at Oasis Academy Parkwood, to distribute donated hygiene products to local families in need.

The Hygiene Bank’s focus is ensuring everyone has access to the hygiene basics needed for self-confidence and mental and physical well-being. People in need or those who find themselves in a time of crisis must often make distressing decisions about which essentials to buy. Hygiene poverty can be humiliating and can result in social isolation, as well as more broadly impacting good health and mental well-being, early childhood development, learning, employability, and social interaction.

Project Coordinator for The Hygiene Bank Scunthorpe, Sarah Norton says “We are pleased to be able to offer this service to our families. Nobody should be put in the position of having to choose between eating and staying clean, and now thankfully, with the help of The Hygiene Bank, they don't have to.”

 “Partnerships with schools are a great way to access families in need within a setting they are comfortable and familiar with helping to reduce the shame and stigma associated with hygiene poverty.”

The purpose of The Hygiene Bank, a national charity operating through a network of community based local projects, is to ensure that no one is held back from participating in their local community because they cannot access the necessary products to stay clean. Since 2018, they have worked to foster well-being by providing essentials such as toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, nappies, period products and laundry detergent to communities throughout the UK.

Since October 2022 their network of 162 Local Projects has provided over 1,059,000kg of the products that everyone relies on every day.  The Hygiene Bank currently supports over 900 Community Partners, including schools, food banks, family support services, refuges and other charities and organisations that support people with little or no access to hygiene essentials.

The Hygiene Bank Scunthorpe manages all donations through their collection boxes throughout Scunthorpe.

Tracey Norriss, Principal at Oasis Academy Parkwood concludes: “We are fortunate to be part of a caring community where everyone looks out for one another.  It is terrific that this partnership can make a real difference to local families in their time of need.”

 

For more information contact scunthorpe@thehygienebank.com

Leonardo Lins