To create a free and secure shower space for those who sleep rough in London. By doing this we can help empower homeless people to:
Maintain Good Personal Hygiene
Being powerless to maintain personal hygiene compromises mental and physical well-being and exacerbates feelings of inadequacy.Find Out More →
Build Confidence and Motivation
Being clean and warm can help create a feeling of confidence and motivation, feelings essential for creating positive change.Find Out More →
Stop the Spread of Disease
By providing a place to wash ShowerBox helps stop the spread of preventable, debilitating diseases which costs the NHS millions each year.Find Out More →
After a successful fundraising campaign, the first ShowerBox trailer serviced a winter shelter on Tottenham Court Road, London. Over twenty guests benefited from access to the ShowerBox facilities - many showering for the first time in months.
The ShowerBox trailer took up a 3-month residency at a winter shelter in Hornsey, London, run by Streets Kitchen where ShowerBox supported many guests to improve their mental and physical wellbeing.
2020 and Beyond
Any future donations will help us care for more people, with an increase in portable shower facilities across London, and in time, beyond. Plans for a fixed shower facility are in development after an incredible £15k solar-powered shower donation from Navitron. Since February 2020 we have ran weekly sessions at St Giles Church, London. This service continued to run throughout the Covid-19 lockdown.
We’ve already achieved so much, but with your continued support we can do more.
Almost 9,000 people sleep rough every year in London.* Many go weeks or even months without a shower.
A donation to ShowerBox helps those who are homeless maintain good personal hygiene, build confidence, increase motivation and stop the spread of preventable diseases.
What our supporters are saying
"Being dirty not only feels really uncomfortable it also has a huge effect on how people respond to you in public. Some homeless people who manage to keep on top of their personal hygiene can walk into galleries, museums, libraries and walk into restaurants and pubs to use toilets, sit down and shelter from the cold. It makes a big difference.”Rachel Cullen
Community Manager, Simon Community
“It’s very frustrating to find myself in one of the richest cities in the world [where] public baths and public toilets are being turned into pubs so the council can earn more money … Clean toilets and baths would ensure hygiene and less disease.”Ray-of-Light
Artist and photographer
“Without a shower homeless people can feel less worthwhile and unmotivated to get themselves out of their situations. It drastically lowers their self-esteem, and as such causes them to make decisions they might not normally make, such as abusing things like drugs or alcohol."Andrew Mcleay
Homeless Support Worker, Ealing Soup Kitchen