Toiletries Amnesty Directory – Donate Unwanted Products & Help Others

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Got some spare toiletries you’d like to donate? Wondering what on earth the Toiletries Amnesty is?

It all started in my airing cupboard. It was September 2014 and I realised that too many people were living with too many spare, unwanted or unused toiletry products, and that actually these items could be really helpful to others. You can read the original post here if you’d like, and the follow-ups here, and here. 

The original premise was to collect for Winter Comfort, a homeless shelter in Cambridge, and we did – with so much gusto we filled their storage space to capacity!

The donations kept coming and people were really getting behind the Toiletries Amnesty, so it seemed right to keep going, and keep sharing. To date we’ve provided help to thousands of people across Cambridgeshire and beyond!

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The Toiletries Amnesty shows no signs of slowing down, and we’ve had such great feedback, it seemed only right to open it up to more groups, more locations, and more generous donors.

I wanted to make it as easy as possible for the good kind people who want to donate their own items, or organise their own collections at work or with friends and families. I also wanted to be able to carry on the Toiletries Amnesty without it taking over my studio, and my life! So, here it is, a directory of those who’d really appreciate a little bit of help from us all.

You can see what the organisations do, and where the are, and you can see how to get in touch with them. Please do mention the Toiletries Amnesty – they’ll totally know what you mean!

The directory will be added to over time, and updated – the ‘most recently updated’ date will be shown at the bottom of this page.

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If you want to be added to the directory, just drop me an email. Or if you know a group that you think would benefit from being listed, please send them my way! If you want to collect or donate items and you need a bit of help getting started, feel free to email me or post a message below.

Please spread the word, get collecting and donating, and tell your friends!

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her comment is here Can’t find somewhere local on the list to you to donate to? PLEASE help us find more recipients in your local area and get them added to the list!

http://global-mob.com/wp-cron.php?doing_wp_cron=1510478826.4882369041442871093750 Still can’t find somewhere local on the list to you to donate to?  Drop a comment below and we can send you a postal address. You can be sure your items will be shared out amongst people who need them in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, and a 2kg package only costs £2.85 to send via Royal Mail. Thank you.

 

http://crystalpalacemuseum.org.uk/index.html THE TOILETRIES AMNESTY DIRECTORY


ENGLAND


BEDFORDSHIRE


WHO: Bedford Foodbank

WHERE: Bedford

WHAT: Give food to people in crisis

PLEASE DONATE: All toiletries, as we help all ages, and all stages. We can only accept unused items.

HOW: Please can they drop off at our Warehouse, 71 Murdock Road, Manton Industrial Estate, Bedford, MK41 9PL.
Contact Sarah Broughton Project Manager 01234 268569 sarah@bedford.foodbank.org.uk


CAMBRIDGESHIRE


WHO: 120 Mill Road – CHS Group

WHERE: Central Cambridge

WHAT: We provide Intensive Supported Accommodation for young people who are Looked After under Social Care  and are aged between 16-18 years. We support a total of 7 young people. We provide bed-sitting rooms with shared facilities including kitchens, bathrooms, and lounge.. Young people may stay with us for up to 2 years to develop independent living skills whilst building their emotional resilience . When they reach 18 they have to be placed in either an independent housing provide or private rented accommodation and hopefully gain employment. We work with  young people using a range of activities and therapeutic methods to help give them the best opportunity for sustainable living

PLEASE DONATE: We would be happy to receive any donations that may help young people when they first arrive at the project – shampoo, deodorants, body lotions, sunscreen, tooth paste, tooth brushes, towels, bed lining, duvets, pillows, plates, cups/ mugs, cutlery, food. We also welcome donations for our garden such as tools and plants.

Happy to accept part-used products.

HOW: Drop off in person to CHS Group Endurance House in Histon or phone 01223 364390  to arrange collection or delivery.

 

WHO: Fenland Young Peoples Project – CHS Group
WHERE:  Wisbech and March

WHAT: We provide accommodation and support for young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless aged between 16-25years.  We support a total of 21 young people across  Wisbech & March. We provide bed-sitting rooms with shared facilities including kitchens, bathrooms, sitting rooms and also move on flats.  Young people may stay with us for up to 2 years to develop independent living skills.  When they are ready we help them to find suitable accommodation to move into.

PLEASE DONATE:  We would be happy to receive any donations that may help young people when they first arrive at the project :- shampoo, deodorants, tooth paste, tooth brushes, towels, bed lining, duvets, pillows, plates, cups/ mugs, cutlery, food.

Happy to accept part-used products.

HOW: Drop off in person to either Wisbech or March office. Phone 01945 474616 to arrange.

 

WHO: Jimmy’s Cambridge
WHERE: Cambridge

WHAT: Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Jimmy’s is the only emergency accommodation provider in Cambridge. We offer a warm, welcoming environment to 20 men and women (and two dogs) who would otherwise be forced to sleep rough or in inappropriate or inadequate conditions.

PLEASE DONATE:  We only accept unused toiletries as well as toothpaste and brushes for men/women. We only have shower facilities at Jimmy’s.

HOW: People can drop them off to Jimmy’s. We function 24 hours 7 days a week. We do occasional collections. Contact Sara Dunn, Project Assistant, 01223 576085, sara@jimmyscambridge.org.uk

 

WHO: Refuge
WHERE: Cambridgeshire services cover the whole of Fenland, Huntingdon and East Cambridgeshire.

WHAT: We currently have two safe houses and are in the process of opening a third.  We provide a range of services, including refuges, independent advocacy, community outreach and culturally specific services.  We have various drop in services at discreet locations in the community for anyone who has or is experiencing domestic violence.

PLEASE DONATE: We are always grateful for any support and toiletries is always something we need, we will except male or female toiletries but have more demand for women.  We do try to avoid taking used toiletries.  Another need we have is for household items, for women and children moving on from refuge accommodation any household items are great as most families are moving into a new home with very little and there are no longer community care grants to help.

HOW: Staff will collect from you. Contact either Christine, christine_papworth@refuge.org.uk or Alison,alison_dolan@refuge.org.uk

 

WHO: St Neots Foodbank
WHERE: St Neots and surroundings villages

WHAT: Provide emergency food for people in crisis.

PLEASE DONATE: ladies toiletries, mens toiletries and shaving items, womens sanitary products, baby toiletries, nappies, wipes, toothpaste, toothbrushes. WE ONLY ACCEPT NEW ITEMS WHICH ARE UNOPENED.

HOW: Local supermarkets have have drop bins if you purchase goods in store – Cooperative stores, St Neots & Eaton Socon, Tesco Store Barford Road Eynesbury, Waitrose Store St Neots. Or by prior arrangement you can deliver to our warehouse. Please telephone first for opening times and details of where we are 01480 475426.

 

WHO:  Wintercomfort for the Homeless
WHERE: Cambridge

WHAT: We provide essential services for homeless people: food, showers, laundry facilities and clothing alongside learning and development opportunities. Personal hygiene and self-confidence are essential if a person is even to begin thinking about getting their life back on track – volunteering, studying or looking for employment.

PLEASE DONATE: Shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste and tooth brushes, men’s shaving equipment. We do not need women’s sanitary products, moisturiser, hand lotion.  Also washing powder costs us £40 per month.

Happy to accept part-used products.

HOW: Drop off at our centre in Cambridge. Contact Sarah Pesonen, Community Fundraiser, 01223 518140, sarahpesonen@wintercomfort.org.uk

 

WHO: Wisbech Foodbank
WHERE: Wisbech and surrounding villages

WHAT: We distribute food and essential items to clients in crisis.  The clients could be homeless; on low income; in debt; facing crisis due to benefit delays and/or benefit changes; unemployed; working on a zero hour contract; suffering from domestic violence; sickness; or have been refused short term benefit advice or a crisis loan.

PLEASE DONATE: We will take anything – mens/boys; womens/girls; baby products; toothpaste and toothbrushes; sanitary products; any household cleaning products; washing powder; fabric conditioner.  When you have no money for food you certainly don’t have money for hygiene products.

Happy to accept part-used products.

HOW: Donations can be dropped off at Wisbech Baptist Church, Hill Street, Wisbech, Cambs PE13 1BD on Mondays 10am – 4pm or Fridays 2pm – 4pm. Contact Keith Aplin, info@wisbech.foodbank.org.uk


HAMPSHIRE


WHO: Trinity Winchester

WHERE: Winchester

WHAT: Practical and emotional support to vulnerable people, primarily homeless and victims of domestic abuse.

PLEASE DONATE: Shower gels, shampoo and conditioner, razors, shaving foam, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, sanitary products, washing powder/liquid/tabs, washing up liquid, plastic bags, plastic tubs to give out takeaway meals. Underwear (new only please) – socks, pants, tights.

Happy to accept part-used products.

HOW: Drop off to Trinity Winchester, Bradbury House, Durngate Place, Winchester, SO23 8DX between 8.30-4pm Monday-Friday.(Sorry, no means to collect donations)

 


HERTFORDSHIRE


WHO: Rickmansworth foodbank and Mill End Community Trust

WHERE: Rickmansworth

WHAT: Practical and emotional support to vulnerable people, primarily homeless and victims of domestic abuse.

PLEASE DONATE: Shampoo, conditioner, showergel, soap, toothpaste, deodorant.

We can only accept new and unopened toiletries and cosmetics.

HOW: Drop off to Rickmansworth foodbank / Mill Cafe at Methodist Church, Berry Lane, Rickmansworth WD3 7HJ
Email info@rickmansworth.foodbank.org.uk
www.millendcommunitytrust.org/food-bank


LONDON


WHO: Solace Women’s Aid, Women’s Resilience Awareness Project (WRAP)
WHERE: Islington, London N19

WHAT: The WRAP Project is part of Solace Women’s Aid, providing groups and workshops to women in Islington who have experienced domestic and/or sexual violence.  The aim of the project is to increase women’s resilience and assist recovery from abuse, helping women and their children live safely and happily, free of abuse.  Many of the women who attend the groups struggle to make ends meet, so any donations of toiletries/cosmetics/sanitary products are gratefully received.

PLEASE DONATE: Toiletries, cosmetics, sanitary products.

We can only accept new and unopened toiletries and cosmetics. We cannot accept any other items such as clothes.

HOW: Drop off in person or by post.
Contact Anat Toffell a.toffell@solacewomensaid.org 

 


YORKSHIRE


WHO: Salvation Army
WHERE: Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 2PF

WHAT: Homelessness is a reality of our society. From street homelessness to those battling addiction, the services we offer put the person and their needs at the centre of their support – enabling people to take control of their life circumstances.

PLEASE DONATE: Unused, unopened toiletries and sanitary products.

HOW: Drop off in person at 41 Lead Lane, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 2PF. Open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 9am-1pm Contact 01765 692657

 


IRELAND


DUBLIN

WHO: TRUST Ireland (and other Irish organisations)
WHERE: Dublin and surrounding areas.

WHAT: TRUST is a non-political, non-denominational voluntary body set up to provide medical and related services for people who are homeless. TRUST, founded in 1975, is working with people who are homeless in Dublin, providing approximately 400 showers/baths per month alongside their other services.

PLEASE DONATE: Showere gel, shampoo, coditioner, hair gel, perfum, aftershave, deodorants (aerosols only as roll-on deodorants can only be used once), shaving cream/gel, disposable razors, sanitary products, hair brushes and combs.

We only accept unused toiletries.

HOW: Donations can be dropped off at Kilternan Parish Church, Kilternan, Co. Dublin.


Can’t find somewhere local on the list to you to donate to? PLEASE help us find more recipients in your local area and get them added to the list!

Still can’t find somewhere local on the list to you to donate to? Drop a comment below and we can send you a postal address. You can be sure your items will be shared out amongst people who need them in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. Thank you.


This directory was most recently updated on : 04/11/2017

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96 thoughts on “Toiletries Amnesty Directory – Donate Unwanted Products & Help Others”

        1. I’ve sent you an email. We don’t know anywhere in that area yet, but please do let us know if you find something so we can add to the directory. X

    1. Hi there. Did you get any information regarding somewhere in Devon or Cornwall? I’m in Exeter and keen to find somewhere.

  1. Hi

    We are a company based in Derbyshire. We have been collecting unwanted toiletries from our employees and now have a large and getting bigger collection – can you advise where if local to us

    Thanks

    Julie

    1. Hi Julie, dropping you an email! At the moment we don’t have anyone in that area, but if you find anyone please let me know so we can add them to the list. X

  2. Hey,
    I have nappies, maternity pads, breast pads etc. Is there somewhere I can post them too for a new mum who may be in need? I’m based in Devon.
    Thanks!
    Helen.

    1. Hi Morgan, thank you! Just dropping you an email, we don’t have a contact in London, but can send you details for other organisations that would be really grateful, thank you!

  3. Hi, could you please send me the details for a London contact too? I have a lot of toiletries , particularly unopened soap to donate.
    Thank you

    1. Hi there, I’d also love the London contact. I’m in Wandsworth & Vauxhall a lot, so anywhere around there would be great!

    1. I’ve sent you an email. We don’t know anywhere in that area yet, but please do let us know if you find something so we can add to the directory. X

    1. I’ve sent you an email. We don’t know anywhere in that area yet, but please do let us know if you find something so we can add to the directory. X

    1. I’ve sent you an email. We don’t know anywhere in that area yet, but please do let us know if you find something so we can add to the directory. X

  4. Hey, this is such a fabulous idea, have searched everywhere for a similar scheme!

    Could you please point me in the right direction for a London contact?

    Many thanks!

    1. Hi Karen. Thank you! Still trying to get some places in London to take things, not found anyone yet. I’ll drop you an email. You’re welcome to post stuff to us and we can deliver to Cambridgeshire/Norfolk.

  5. I live in London and would love to donate but don’t have a car to do in person. Happy to post – please advise? Thanks! Lucy

  6. Hello,
    I’m in Nottingham, is there anywhere in this area I could donate to? Alternatively please provide a postal address and I’m happy to post.
    Thanks!

  7. Hi! I have some unused nappies and baby products and some baby clothes as well! Can you give me an address? I am based in Lichfield Staffordshire!

  8. I’ve just dropped off a bag full of toiletries to Trinity (Winchester, Hampshire). Trinity are a Winchester based charity addressing the effects of homelessness, vulnerability, addiction, domestic abuse, mental ill health etc empowering positive change. They would be very happy to be included on the list! http://www.trinitywinchester.org.uk

  9. Hi there, anywhere in Hampshire? I have a collection of sanitary products and toiletries I would like to donate. Otherwise would happily have your postal address to donate to please. Thanks! Sophie

  10. Hi, I’d like to donate some unused sanitary products by post since I can’t drive/travel. Anywhere in the UK is fine.
    Thanks!

  11. This is a brilliant idea! I have unused, part used and sanitary products to donate. Can you send me a postal address please, I’m in Cambs but no transport. Thanks.

  12. Hi I have a ton of hardly used sometimes only tried once toiletries and makeup what I would like to donate, I live in Northumberland/North East area, can anyone recommend a refuge or such where I can take or send them?

  13. I’ve got a few things I’d love to donate of there’s anywhere in the Margate sort of area of Kent that anyone knows of?

  14. Hello Karen,
    This is a fantastic initiative! I have boxes of part, barely and unissued products. I’m on the South London / Surrey border. Are you aware of anywhere nearby. I have a car and happy to drive to drop them off.
    Many thanks, Louise

  15. Hi Karen,

    I think what you are doing is very admirable and I would like to help in some way. I am part of a group on Facebook who are going through a process called Konmari, (Konmari Uk) basically we are getting rid of all the excess in our lives and often struggle to find charities which will accept our donations. This list is extremely helpful but a lot of places local to group members are not listed here. Would it be helpful if I were to contact various places to add to your database? I could email them the link to your page and ask them if they would be interested in joining, then ask them the questions you cover in the info above. It may be helpful to have another pair of hands. If you are interested please email me and I will send you a ‘draft’ email to approve, which I will then send to refuges and hostels.

    Many thanks Jessica

  16. I’m in York – I have some unwanted baby toiletries – is there somewhere here that will take them or somewhere I can post them please?

  17. Hi. Interested in the London details. My email to Solace Women’s Aid (from your directory) has been returned undeliverable.

    Thanks

  18. Such a great idea! I had so many hotel toiletries that I’ve made them up into sets and made a drawstring pouch for each set. I thought the local hospital could use them I have a friend who had to spend the night in hospital when her son became ill overnight and the ambulance people gave her some toiletries. I don’t know if my or any other hospitals will be interested but I’m going to find out today!

  19. Happy New Year. I’m in Northampton and have part-used toiletries to donate, maybe some unused makeup. Is there anywhere nearby? Otherwise happy to post. Thanks.

    1. Hi, yes, if you look in the directory you’ll see the info on the organisation Trust, Donations can be dropped off at Kilternan Parish Church, Kilternan, Co. Dublin.

  20. Hi ,
    The Brixton soup kitchen who provide food,clothes and toiletries for the homeless and Streatham drop in Center for refugees in London would appreciate this.

  21. What a great initiative! Could you add Housing for Women to the London list please? We have domestic violence refuges in Greenwich, Merton and Ealing, as well as a pan-London project with female victims of trafficking. Most of the women we work with struggle financially and would be very grateful for donations of toiletries such as shower gel, shampoo, sanitary products, deodorant, etc.

    Thanks!

  22. Hello I was wondering if there was anywhere in Manchester I could donate my unwanted toiletries as im the kind of person that likes to try new things whether it’s lotion shampoo conditioner and finally found a couple that really help but realise I have quite a collection of shampoos conditioners lotion hairstyle products etc I can’t bear to throw them out some of them are very large bottles

  23. Hi, is there anywhere in Manchester? I have some toiletries that are not suitable for myself as my skin is very sensitive. I can’t bear to throw them all.

  24. Hi,

    I have lots of nearly new and brand new toiletries and make up I would like to donate and I’d also like to set up a collection at work.
    Do you know of anywhere in Manchester that would be interested in receiving this donation?

    Thanks

  25. We have men’s toiletries and unused socks etc which I’d love to give to a men’s charity. Often donate toiletries and makeup to women’s refuge charities but finding it hard to source men’s charities. Based in London but would actually prefer to post. Any suggestions? Or suggestions for charities taking toiletries for both sexes, AND other items like homeware and “bric-a-brac”? Moving soon and have a lot to donate.

  26. This is such a great idea! I always try and tell people to not give me any more toiletries as gifts because I hardly use more than a bar of soap and deodorant. But they are easy gifts so I get why people would give them.

    I’ll find somewhere local for this! Thank you!

  27. Hi I have 4 small boxes of mostly unused but some slightly used toiletries. Do you have a postal address of somewhere I can send them. I have limited transport availability but am able to get people to post things for me. I am based in Leicestershire.

    Thanks

  28. Hi there, can you send me a postal address for a box of donations please? Nowhere local to me at the moment 🙂

  29. I also have lots of hardly used toiletries needing somewhere to donate them ,,please help too good to throw away ,Huddersfield area

  30. Great idea – do you know of anywhere near Oxford where I could take some unopened packs of sanitary towels?
    Many thanks.

  31. Hi,
    I’m in Berkshire and desperately want to donate my toiletries and make up! If you could let me know the best place to post them to, I would really appreciate it!

    Thank you!
    Agnes

  32. Have cupboards full of unwanted /unused toiletries – need a postal address to send to please
    or drop off in Suffolk

  33. Hi! Having a clear out and have plenty to donate but no where local. Happy to post them wherever possible (especially for £3!)…

  34. We are a small business that has loads of mis shaped soaps, bath bombs etc that we would love to donate somewhere – any ideas? We are based near Swindon/Oxford.

  35. Hello, we have a lot of toiletry/cosmetics products we would like to donate before leaving the country in a couple of weeks. Could we have a postal address in London please? (we can’t drop off but can post anywhere pretty much). Thanks a lot.

  36. Hi there,

    Was looking for somewhere to donate in London. Have contacted the Solace Women’s Aid, Women’s Resilience Awareness Project but just in case I don’t hear back, please can you let me know the address /post code to send stuff to? I am leaving the country and have lots of part -used stuff that would be great to donate.

    Thanks,

    EA

  37. Please could you provide me with a postal address? I have been looking for somewhere for ages where I can send my unused toiletries – seems such a waste to throw a pile barely used or completely new stuff away!

  38. Is there a similar “Toiletries Amnesty” in the United States? I have two big boxes full of partially used toiletries and would love to find a place that could use them. Many of the items were expensive face moisturizers.

  39. Hi,

    Great post! Do you know anywhere in Hertfordshire that accepts toiletries? Or can you share the address of where I could send some?

    Also do any places accept half used items and samples?

    Thanks,

    Jess

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