Founded by best friends – journalist Sali Hudges and colleague Jo Jones – Beauty Banks is a non-profit organisation on a mission: to make hygiene poverty history.
While filming a report on homelessness, Sali was hit with the harsh reality of many individuals who do not have the resources to simply be clean ahead of an interview, health care appointment, or just for general hygiene.
Horrified at how this can be taken for granted and how the access to everyday basics can be difficult, Sali immediately contacted Jo and within 48 hours Beauty Banks was born.
Providing essential supplies, Beauty Banks aims to empower the people who don’t have the availability to means of cleanliness and confidence, restoring dignity to those in need.
“We’re like Foodbanks but we supply personal care and hygiene essentials instead of food, to people in the UK who can’t afford to be clean. We believe that everybody is a somebody and we all have the right to be clean because our physical health, mental health and well being depends on it. We don’t judge and we don’t stigmatize we exist to support those in our communities who need a hand up, not a hand out. You can wish for change, hope for change, pray for change or you can drive the change you want to see. Ours is beauty with purpose.”
Want to get involved? It costs nothing but your passion and commitment for change.
Go along to their website – https://www.beautybanks.org.uk/ – and download the relevant starter kit, become a BEAUTY BANKER and get campaigning on their behalf.
There are two types of starter kits available: Private and Public. Private Bankers collect amongst friends, family and colleagues. Public Bankers invite the public and their customers to donate at their shop, salon or cafe.
Beauty Banks will match you with a registered charity in your area so you can donate to them directly – meaning what’s donated local, stays local.
To get started, read through the Bankers Kits, send Beauty Banks an email, using the contact form on their website to register as a Beauty Banker and support your efforts on our social media channels. Then pop up the posters, use our logo and get Beauty Banking.
The brand have also teamed up with Cult Beauty for Christmas 2020, in which a £15/$17 donation will be made for every sale of the Cult Beauty Advent Calendar. Head over to their website to join the waitlist.