Volunteer

Without people like you, there wouldn't be a network of hygiene banks supporting communities across Ireland. We’ll provide you with all the tools, training and know-how required for your role. Volunteering is an empowering, social experience that gives you the opportunity to make a real and tangible difference to those living in hygiene poverty in your community. Whether you can commit a few days a week, or a few hours a month, your support can make a real difference. Volunteers must:

  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Attend an induction session
  • Read all our policies
  • Read our volunteer handbook

What volunteering roles are there?

Set up a new Hygiene Bank in your area

If there isn’t already a Hygiene Bank project in your area, you could set up a new one. Being a Project Coordinator involves setting up drop off points to collect hygiene and personal grooming items and seeking out Community Partners in your area who will receive them. Three team members is the recommended minimum starting number. Usually one person is the nominated Project Coordinator for administration purposes but together the team set up drop off points, collect and sort donations, deliver them to local community partners, fundraise and engage in community activities to raise awareness of The Hygiene Bank Ireland. New projects are supported by the Head Office team to get going in finding Drop Off Points and Community Partners.

Setting up a hygiene bank is a unique opportunity to gain a whole range of skills and experience, make new friends and gain the satisfaction of leading and working in a team that makes a real difference in your community.

New project coordinators will be supported by Head Office in fundraising the costs needed to help set up a new project. This is usually around €250. If you would like to set up a project in your area please fill in the application form below.

Volunteer with an existing Hygiene Bank Project

First step is to contact your local Hygiene Bank Project Coordinator to have an initial chat and support them with whatever is needed, anything from setting up additional drop off points to grow the project, collecting, sorting or delivering donations to community partners or maybe social media. Contact details for each project are listed on our Our Banks page. Once you have made contact, fill out the application form below, and we will guide you through the onboarding process.

Volunteering FAQs

1How do I find out about volunteering opportunities at my local Hygiene Bank?
Contact the project directly using the details on the 'Give Products' page (Project coordinator emails are listed) or you can register your interest by filling out the enquiries form in the footer of the website.
2My local area doesn't have a Hygiene Bank project, how can I help?
Please read everything that is involved. You will need to come with forming a team in mind and be ready to raise €250 towards the set up costs. If you'd like to move this forward, please fill in our volunteer application form to become your local project coordinator.
3I’ve contacted my local Hygiene Bank and haven’t received a reply.
At certain times of year, our banks can be extremely busy with influxes of donations. We rely entirely on volunteers with no members of staff. If you haven’t heard back within a couple of weeks then please forward your email to admin@thehygienebank.com and our central volunteering team will connect you with our local Project Coordinator. Our volunteers are also taking into account Covid-19, depending on their local area, so are adapting accordingly.
4What support will I get as a volunteer?
Every volunteer will have someone they report into. This is usually their Project Coordinator. This person will help induct you into your role, answer any queries you may have while volunteering and support you if any problems occur. Volunteers will receive training that is relevant to their role. This will be locally delivered or delivered on-line.
5Do you reimburse expenses?
If you are volunteering for us we will reimburse expenses in line with our Volunteer Expenses Policy detailed in our Handbook. Please check with us directly before commencing your role.
6Are there any age restrictions?
For the majority of roles, volunteers must by over 18 years old. There may be opportunities for volunteers under 18, for example such as sorting and packing during busy periods. Volunteers that are under 18 must receive permission from their parents before starting their role.
7What if I have a physical or learning disability?
We are committed to embracing diversity and promoting equality and inclusion. As a volunteer, you can expect to be treated fairly regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, parental or marital status, disability, religion, colour, race, ethnic or national origins or socio-economic background. Please let us know if there are any health conditions or additional needs we may need to know about that could impact your volunteering in order for us to best support you to carry out your role.