|Address||Thames Ward, St Charles Mental Health Unit, Exmoor Street, W10 6DZ
|How to donate||We are an adult acute mental health ward based in North Kensington, London. Often, people arrive on the ward with very little self-care products. Although we are able to supply basic things like shampoo and toothpaste, these products aren't fantastic. People can drop them off in person at the hospital where I work Monday - Friday 9-5pm (often later), or they can post the items to the address given using my name. If people are located in the proximity of West London and have a number of products I would be more than happy to collect.|
|Currently accepting donations?||Yes|
|Make arrangement before donation?||Yes|
|Times for drop-off/donations||9-5pm|
|What we do||I am an activities co-ordinator on an Acute Mental Health ward. We work with people who are experiencing severe mental health difficulties and need a period in hospital to recover and regain their mental wellness. Often, people who have experienced such a decline in mental state have not been able to take care of themselves in a way in which they usually would and need some TLC and support in re-establishing their personal hygiene routines, without the budget for nice products we often have to encourage people with NHS supplied shower gel and shampoo which is far from inspiring. Other times, people have been brought to hospital with very little supplies - by having nicer products avalaible we can promote self-care and self-hygiene which is self-loving and compassionate encouraging many positive psychological responses. As part of my role I organise therapeutic activities, one of which is a self-care group where people are encouraged to 'pamper' themselves in a group context - a mini spa day! This cannot run without self-care products and funding isn't always available for this purpose - any donations would be incredibly appreciated!|
|What we accept||
All beauty products would be incredibly appreciated to give to people who come to the ward with very little - essentials like shampoo, conditioner and body wash would be most valuable for this purpose.
For the purpose of the self-care therapy group products such as make-up, face-masks, bath salts, aromatherapy products etc can be incredibly powerful in creating a positive atmosphere and a more luxurious feel than simply having a box full of deodorants!
But, genuinely, anything at all that can be donated would mean an awful lot and would be very much appreciated on the ward.
|Accept part-used products?||