Students and Staff Contribute to Beauty Banks
Staff and students at the College demonstrated through their generosity, that one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing is ‘giving’, by making a substantial donation to Beauty Banks.
This organisation ensures that donations of toiletries and beauty products are given to people in need who are living in poverty. This was a wonderful opportunity for our staff and students to give and develop their own wellbeing. Sealed and unused beauty products and toiletries were donated to collection boxes located around the College. These were then collected up and packaged to send off just before half term.
‘Clean hair, skin and teeth are a right, not a privilege. Personal hygiene – while not a matter of life and death – is crucial for our dignity, self-respect, personal pride and mental health.’
Most of us take the fact that we can have a hot shower each day, complete with our favourite shampoo and conditioner and body wash, for granted. Or that we'll have a decent supply of tampons stocked up when our period arrives. Or even that we can apply deodorant on the morning of a job interview safe in the knowledge that the only thing we need to worry about is whether or not we nail the interview, rather than if we smell unappealing and might see our job prospects suffer because of it. But for a large number of the thirteen million people living below the poverty line across the United Kingdom, that's not the case,” said Helen Ryder, Head of Human Sciences, “Ivybridge staff and students have been enormously generous and made a substantial donation to the Beauty Bank."