On Wednesday 22nd August, Off The Fence launched their third van for the Hygiene for All project – a mobile shower van. 

The ribbon was cut by the Brighton and Hove Mayor Cllr Dee Simson.  Speeches were made by Paul Young, Cllr Dee Simson, Off The Fence Chair of Trustees - Graham Hollebon and a moving talk about the impact of the Hygiene for All project on the homeless community by Hannah Young.

A wonderful afternoon tea was provided by Mabel’s Emporium and the Jugglers.

A special thank you to Mark Allwright for the fantastic van fit-out and the many individuals and corporate sponsors, all of whom have made this project happen.

The shower van will consist of two showers, with each 4-hour operation session providing up to  30 showers.  Showers will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis at each location and towels, bath mats and shower gel/body soap will be provided.

The need for shower units for homeless men and women is huge. Most find it very difficult to access free showers and those that can often have a very limited time to do so. Hence the homeless are at greater risk of infection and illness without the basic sanitation washing provides.  Emergency homeless shelters and drop-in day centres are limited and often crowded.  When searching for such facilities, individuals can often lose time during their day and require transportation to and from the facilities. In the process, they suffer the indignity and often inconvenience of travelling across town and on public transportation in an unclean state.  The answer is to take the showers to them.

"Good hygiene promotes health, fosters hope, and restores dignity”