Without people like you, there wouldn't be a network of local Hygiene Banks supporting communities across Ireland.



As an organisation made up entirely of volunteers, we are always accepting new volunteers to join the team.

Volunteering at The Hygiene Bank Ireland is a bit different to usual volunteering opportunities. They are flexible roles that can easily fit around your schedule, with regular Zoom meetings and some in person events to meet other volunteers. 


Our volunteers are go-getters, passionate about tackling hygiene poverty and not afraid to do something new.

We provide our volunteers with all the tools, training and know-how required for the 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:




  • Share our passion for tackling hygiene poverty
  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Attend an induction session
  • Read our volunteer handbook
  • Read and adhere to all our policies and code of conduct


What volunteering roles are there?

The Hygiene Bank Ireland is powered completely by volunteers. There are a number of roles that you can get involved with, but every volunteer starts with...


       1. Running a Hygiene Drive

If you decide to join The Hygiene Bank Ireland, your first job will be to run a Hygiene Drive at work, college or with a local club. Get your friends, colleagues or team mates together, collect some hygiene items together and work with your Local Project to donate them to a Community Partner. Community Partners are charities and voluntary organisations who work with some of Ireland's most disadvantaged and marginalised communities and they know the best way for the hygiene items to make a difference.

Once you have successfully completed your first Hygiene Drive, you can join your Local Project and commit more regularly to The Hygiene Bank Ireland. Whilst volunteering as a Donation Coordinator in your Local Project you will...


       2. Set up a Drop Off Point

Drop Off Points are boxes set up in local businesses that allows the general public to donate hygiene items to The Hygiene Bank Ireland. As a Donation Coordinator, your role will be to manage this Drop Off Point, empty it and deliver the donated products to one of our local Community Partners.

As we are a growing organisation, we regularly advertise vacant roles in a Local Project Committee or in Head Office. Any volunteer can...


       3. Apply to join their Local Project Committee or Head Office Team.

All volunteers are encouraged to apply for additional roles as they are advertised, if you would like to share your skills with us, we will gratefully accept them. All vacant roles are advertised in our newsletters and there will be an informal interview to make sure you are well suited to the role.




Volunteer with an existing Hygiene Bank Project

Our Local Projects are always taking on new volunteers, so there is always a chance for you to get involved. All of our volunteering is flexible, so whether you are able to give a couple of hours a week, or a couple of hours a month, you're very welcome.

Getting involved is easy- Fill out the application form below, sign up to our next induction session and we will guide you through the on-boarding process.

If you would like to find out more before coming to induction, you can chat to your Local Project Coordinator. Contact details for each project are listed on our Local Hygiene Banks page. 

Set up a new Hygiene Bank in your area

If there isn’t already a Hygiene Bank project in your area, you could set a new one up. We are looking for Project Coordinators to manage our new Local Projects who are:

  • Organised
  • Good at managing others
  • Can work as a team
  • Can give 3-4 hours a week

    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 working in a team that makes a real difference in your community.

    To set up, new Local Projects need at least five people to make the core team. If you have friends or family who would like to set one up with you, that's a great way to start. But The Hygiene Bank can also help you build your core team if there are less than five of you.

    To enquire about setting up a new project, email headoffice@thehygienebank.ie
  • 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?
    You can run a Hygiene Drive in a location where there isn't a project, if that goes well, we can start setting up a new Local Project together. Please email headoffice@thehygienebank.ie for more information.
    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 info@thehygienebank.ie and our central volunteering team will connect you with our local Project Coordinator.
    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 online.
    5Do you reimburse expenses?
    If you are volunteering for us we will reimburse expenses in line with our Volunteer Expenses Policy. Please check with us directly before spending your own money for THBI to make sure it is something we can reimburse.
    6Are there any age restrictions?
    For the majority of roles, volunteers must by over 18 years old. We have opportunities for Transition Year Students to get some volunteer experience, for more information on this email info@thehygienebank.ie
    7What Transition Year opportunities do you have?
    Transition Year students who would like experience with The Hygiene Bank Ireland can run a Hygiene Drive at their school. We provide a range of resource and support, and the TY student will gain skills in project management, communication and global citizenship. For more information, please email info@thehygienebank,.ie
    8What 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.
    9Do you have once-off volunteer opportunities?
    If you would like to volunteer for THBI on a once-off occasion of for a short period of time, you can run a Hygiene Drive with friends, colleagues or team mates. Together, you collect products and donate them to a local Community Partner. You will be supported by a Local Project Coordination and provided with resources.