On Wednesday 22nd August, Off The Fence are proud to be launching the third van in the Hygiene for All Project – a mobile shower unit to complement our Hygiene and Washing vans operating around Brighton & Hove to ensure the homeless community always have access to their most basic need – Hygiene. For some without a home, having a shower will be a big first step to regaining self-esteem, confidence and supporting the efforts of staff at Antifreeze involved in finding accommodation or supported  housing for clients.

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 / 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, often have a very limited time to do so and are at greater risk of infection and illness without the basic sanitation washing provides.  Full-service 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”