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In the UK today, one in five people find themselves locked in poverty. Two thirds are working families and one in four are children.

Low wages and high living costs restrict people’s options, leaving them in impossible situations like choosing either to heat their home, pay their rent, eat or be clean. Hygiene poverty is not being able to afford the basics many of us take for granted. It leads to a crippling lack of confidence and negatively affects good health and mental well-being which can impact early childhood development, learning, employ-ability and social interaction.

The Hygiene Bank is a grassroots, people powered charity and social movement, grounded in community. Their network of banks exist to ensure those living in poverty and can’t afford to be clean, have access to the basics. They believe that everyone should have a dignified life and their passion stems from a sense of injustice. Feeling clean should not be a luxury or a privilege in the modern world and so they work to inspire social change.

National Hygiene Week has been set up by national charity The Hygiene Bank to provide a platform for raising awareness of the issues and empower people to make a difference within their communities.

Activity will encourage schools to get involved with provision of educational resources and fundraising. Brand partners will run panel events around the importance of giving people in our society the chance of living in dignity.

The working committee of National Hygiene Week will also be open to hearing new ideas from local communities as to how they can help raise the awareness of hygiene poverty within their local area.

If you would like to get involved in National Hygiene Week, then please email – nhw@thehygienebank.com

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