About us

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

I’m Karen Harvey, and 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.

The original premise was to collect for 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, the UK and beyond!

We work with homeless shelters and hostels, women and children’s refuges, mental health services, children and families centres, food banks, refugee support groups, schools and colleges, community groups, and other organisations who need our support.

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.

It’s true, there shouldn’t be a situation where so many people are in such desperate need, but that’s the situation we’re in, and the best we can do is to help others in any way we can. It’s not just about supporting local communities and forming more understanding relationships in society, it’s about demonstrating that a small act can have a huge and positive effect on us all, as well as helping decrease our environmental impact.

There are lots of ways you can support the Toiletries Amnesty, big and small. When it comes to donating your toiletries we wanted to make it as easy as possible for everyone to get involved, so we created 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 they 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!

Small actions make big changes. Thank you for getting involved.