A health and hygiene service to those sleeping rough in the city.

Hygiene for All is a new project launched by Off The Fence to ensure the homeless community always have access to their most basic need - hygiene.

The Vision

These vans are a modern and immediate response to addressing some of the issues surrounding homelessness. Hygiene and health are intimately interwoven, and poor hygiene is an inevitable result of homelessness. Establishing proper hygiene is key to a sense of self and better health. This includes regularly brushing teeth, washing hair, washing hands, cleaning with soap, wearing deodorant, having feminine hygiene products, and clean underwear and socks. When people don't have access to these products, many consequences will develop ranging from unemployment to serious diseases. We believe every person has a right to good health and hygiene. 

Our Hygiene for All project will work to support the immediate needs of homeless men and women met with on the streets. This project will sit alongside the existing strategy of our Antifreeze project and other agencies Antifreeze work alongside to see individuals housed, employed and supported with many other welfare issues to get them back on their feet. The ultimate aim- to get individuals off the streets and living a fuller, better life.

The purpose of our "Hygiene vehicles" is to ensure the homeless community always have access to their most basic needs.  As compared with people who have homes, people experiencing homelessness are more likely to have dermatological problems, functional limitation, seizures, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, foot pain, and decayed teeth.  Many of these ailments are preventable with access to proper hygiene. In a recent survey of the 2017 Brighton and Hove Homeless Count, 67% of homeless reported one or more preventable health conditions, and 34% reported that their health condition made it difficult for them to keep a job or handle activities of daily living.

The risk of death is increased eightfold in people who experience these conditions. To care more optimally for homeless people, we must pay attention to illnesses caused by lack of access to proper hygiene. 

The Vans:





There are a number of ways you can support our Hygiene for All project..

The easiest way to donate is through internet banking:

Account Name:Off The Fence Trust Ltd
Account Number:61366483
Sort code:40-37-14

Don’t forget to Gift Aid your donations – Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs will add an extra 25p to Every £1 you donate!

Donations can also be made via telephone. Call our office on: 01273 733566.

You can also support Off The Fence via text giving. Text OTFF20 followed by £5, £10, £50 or whatever amount you would like to give to 70070.

Want to volunteer?

One member of staff and a team of volunteers are needed to run this service. During washing time, the staff and volunteers will chat to, support and offer the same listening ear and advice as found in the Antifreeze day centre.

To discuss volunteering opportunities for this project, drop an email to office@offthefence.org.uk or give us a call on 01273 733566.