All Rise Collective

@allrisecollective (ARC) is an inter-sectional feminist collective that formed out of the ashes of the anger and disappointment of the last election, and the ensuing feelings of hope and desperate need for change.

We are made up of Southend feminists who want to bring about grassroots change locally and be good allies to all women and all marginalised groups, along with anyone negatively affected by the current political climate. With this in mind we launched a bi-weekly toiletry care bank in light of the growing need within our community (and the wider uk). Everybody has the right to be clean but unfortunately, with our current government, this is not always the case.

Accessing the Free Toiletry Care Bank

The bi-weekly hygiene bank runs every other Tuesday from St Marks Church Southend church hall (from 11th May).

St Marks Church, Princes St,

We are a ‘non-referral’ unit, so you do not need to have been passed by the council or any other organisation in order to access our hygiene products.

Please know there is no shame in needing support at times like these.

Before the pandemic hit, most uk families were only 3 pay-checks away from being in poverty and or becoming homeless (stats from Shelter), and with so many of us now having been unable to work for such a long period of time – help is very much needed. We are here to provide anyone, no matter their circumstances, with hygiene products that they may not be able to afford at the moment. (See Full list of items stocked below)

What we stock at the care bank: 

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Shower gel
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrushes & toothpaste (inc.children’s)
  • Deodorant
  • Sanitary towels & tampons
  • Nappies & Baby wipes
  • Breast pads
  • Maternity pads
  • Laundry detergent
  • Hand soap


The care bank relies solely on the generous donations made by the public. 

You can either drop off physical donations to Do it Like A Mother HQ. Or kindly donate in cash or purchase items from the lists below: 

We know times are difficult for so many of us right now but if you can spare anything, it will go a long way to help a local family struggling. And if you can’t afford to donate at the moment, please share this page far and wide!