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The Hygiene Bank Dublin general volunteer


The Hygiene Bank Dublin general volunteer

The Hygiene Bank


At a Glance

  • Start Date:01/09/2020
  • End Date:31/05/2021
  • Closing date:30/10/2020
  • Post Updated:22/08/2020
  • Min Hours:1-2 hours per week.
  • Role Type:Community Development

Requirements:Drivers Licence and a car


Become a volunteer at The Hygiene Bank Dublin and help to tackle Hygiene Poverty around you. Hygiene poverty is a stigmatised, little known form of poverty that could affect 20% or more of the Irish population. Hygiene poverty is having to choose between food, heating or bills and toiletries or personal grooming products. Figures in the UK show that people stop buying hygiene products long before they rely on food banks and we see this reality in Ireland as well. The Hygiene Bank Dublin tackles Hygiene Poverty by asking the general public to donate unused, unopened toiletries, which the team then sorts through, logs and donates on to our charity partners across Dublin.

Around 20% of the Irish population is in, or is at risk of poverty, this number is expected ro rise in the wake of Covid-19, the recession and high rates of unemployment. As a Hygiene Bank Dublin volunteer you will help by setting up a Drop Off Point in your local area to allow the general public to donate unused, unopened toiletries. You will be in charge of managing your Drop Off Point and will be expected to collect the products together when the box is full and transport them to our storage. You may also be asked to transport toiletries from our storage to where our charity partners are based around Dublin.

We have informal meetings every 2 weeks to catch up and plan our focus for the next collection so all volunteers will have the opportunity to feed into the direction of the organisation.

Is training provided?: Yes

Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:

  • Working with local shops/cafes to set up a Drop-Off Point in your local area.
  • Liaising with the Drop-Off point to collect toiletries when the collection box is full
  • Transporting the toiletries to our storage
  • Occasionally transporting the sorted toiletries to one of our charity partners
  • Joining and sharing ideas at the team meetings that occur every two weeks to plan upcoming campaigns

Skills required for this role:

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • A driver's license and car
  • A passion for tackling social justice issues

Details of time commitment needed for role:
Flexible hours on weekdays, 9am-5pm

Minimum time commitment per week:
1 hour p/week

Additional screening required for this role:
There will be an induction for all new volunteers via phone or Zoom where you can hear more about what we do and ask questions.


If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:

Name: Rosie McDonagh

Address: The Hygiene Bank, Dublin


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