Off The Fence are delighted to welcome Mark Allwright to our Antifreeze team, heading up our Hygiene for All van project around Brighton and Hove. The aim of the two-van project is to support individuals back onto their feet, by ensuring the homeless community always have access to their most basic right – hygiene.

The Hygiene van provides vital cleaning resources, sanitary items and anything else needed to look after the health and hygiene of men and women without homes. Our second van, a Laundry van unit provides a clothes washing service for individuals met with on outreach. Both vans visit sites wherever homeless individuals may be taking refuge around the city.

The Hygiene for All project sits alongside the work of Antifreeze, which aims to support individuals into accommodation and permanent housing, rehabilitation, employment and a better life off the streets. We sat down to have a quick chat with Mark…

How has your time in Antifreeze been so far?

"Prayerful, fun, educational, different".

Tell us a bit about the role you play in Antifreeze team and how you came to be here?

"I was a ‘white van man’ as they say, and I ran my own building company. I knew Paul beforehand and he approached me with what sounded like an exciting new project that he was hoping to launch- he twisted my arm and I interviewed for the position. The role was initially focused on setting up the vans and supporting clients, but I’ve been helping out around the day centre and really getting a feel for the charity and the clients from there too".

What in particular excites you about working at Off The Fence?

"It’s been great to assist with and work on a new concept or project from its beginnings, and this year I’m looking forward to helping to set up the shower van project, the third and final part of the Hygiene for All van project. Through it all, I really identify with the Christian origins of the work and look forward to knowing His nearness over the coming year".

What is your favourite thing about working and living near Brighton?

"Being close enough to the city, the creativity and the buzz-  but far enough away to escape to the countryside and the Downs just outside the city, where I live".

What would you say to someone who wanted to volunteer for Off The Fence?

"Do it! I never thought I’d be in this position and working as part of the vision Paul and Wendy have but everyone can play a part and see the real change that can be made. Give something back!"