What is Re:Fresh?
Re:Fresh is a schools based project that provides toiletry and sanitary items to children and youth in need. It was established in 2015 in response to a growing awareness that many students were facing complex circumstances and challenges which meant they were not fully supported in areas of personal hygiene and self care. We discovered that by providing a simple bag of toiletries young people were empowered to take control and care for themselves. We currently partner with several schools in the Wiltshire and Somerset area. In the first year of this project 250 bags were given to students across the local areas.
Toiletry bags are discretely accessed by students normally through pastoral staff working in a school or college.
What's In A Bag?
We provide gender specific wash bags filled with the following items:
Brush or Comb
A specifically designed leaflet on self care and links to other support agencies
Each bag costs approximately £10.00
We have so far given out about 50% of the bags which were very well received by students. The bags enabled us to chat to pupils more freely about their self-care skills and made it easier to talk about addressing issues as they actually got what they needed to make changes rather than us just having a discussion and sending them to sort out themselves.
Pastoral Staff, Trowbridge
At the time when the goody bags were handed out the students were so pleased to receive them, they have since commented on how nice some of the products were. I think they were just so chuffed to actually receive something just for them and so much too. Each bag wasn’t cheap with the amount of products inside, so they were definitely a hit and a lovely gift to offer when we are aware for some families that even just the basic toiletries can be hard to come by. Please pass on our thanks because things such as this can make such a big difference for a student .
Pastoral Staff, Frome
I come in to contact with quite a few students who would benefit from a bag of toiletries from yourselves. I gave one to a student last week and it has made such a difference to him
Pastoral Staff, Westbury
How Can I Support Re:Fresh?
Re:Fresh could not function without the help and support of local people. In each of the towns we currently serve there are individuals, businesses, churches, religious groups and charities that have sought to understand the needs of their community and respond in kind by offering their help. We want to thank you!
Our vision is to build a reliable service to our local schools and colleges and this takes support from our wider community. We want to continue to empower those working for our children and youth by helping them respond to the daily needs of the young people they meet. Some of our children and youth may only need short term support others will need ongoing help throughout their school years. Please help us achieve this!
There are several ways that you can support our Re:Fresh project:
You can drop off any of the listed items to our donation points. They are available at the following:
Frome Town Hall | Christchurch St West | Frome | BA11 1EB
Information Centre | Trowbridge Civic Centre | St Steven's Place | BA14 8AH.
One Stop | Marston Road | BA14 0lR.
West Wilts Vineyard | 24A Church Street | BA14 8DY
Boots Chemist | 9-11 High Street | Westbury | BA13 3BN
(For purchases made in Boots only)
The Laverton | Bratton Road | Westbury | BA13 3EN
Your Next Office | Kingsbury House | Kingsbury Square | Melksham | SN12 6HL
Green Square | Methuen Park | Corsham | ChippenhamSN14 0GU
Set Up A Donation Point
You may be a business, community service, or individual that would like to set up a temporary or long term donation point in your work place or local community. We think this is a great idea and would love to hear from you if this is the case.
Group donations: If you are a group that would like to do a collection on our behalf we would be delighted. Please drop us a line and we will be in contact to explore this further.
If you would like to donate financially you can do this by either:
Text REFR00 £10 to 70070
You can give to Re:Fresh as a general project by clicking the "RE:FRESH" button below or allocate your giving to a specific community area by selecting the relevant option.
If you would prefer to send a cheque, you can do so to the following address. All Cheques made payable to West Wilts Vineyard
Re:Fresh | 24a Church Street | Trowbridge | Wilts BA14 0DR
Melissa Charlton is our Re:Fresh project manager and is responsible for the Trowbridge area. The project also has area co-ordinators working for your local community. These are Steve Lloyd in Westbury and Lesley Hooper in Frome. There are a number of additional volunteers that give their time to help facilitate Re:Fresh in each of these locations and we are grateful for the time and support they offer.
If you would like to discuss this project further or you require any additional information please feel free to contact us.