Give and Makeup

Give and Makeup is a non-profit initiative whose sole purpose is to get everyday essentials into the hands of women and children who need them the most. 

Each week two women in the United Kingdom are murdered by a partner or ex-partner.
One woman in four experiences domestic violence in their lifetime.
The average woman experiences domestic violence 35 times before she calls the police.

Give and Makeup was started in 2010 and runs on an outreach basis.

As well as continuing to support Refuge and Women's Aid, we are now supporting the brilliant work of  CRI * in the London area.

Some important notes about donating to all areas:
  • Please ensure that all parcels are able to be carried by one person.
  • For obvious security reasons, no drop-offs are available at any of the addresses. Postal only please.
  • Please do not send large donations (numerous large boxes) without prior arrangement. All of the addresses are first and foremost business addresses.
Your understanding and support is so appreciated. You are changing people's lives.

To donate directly to Refuge in the Southern/London area please direct all parcels to:

Give and Makeup c/o
Pardip Barmi
PO BOX 855
W4 4AW

To donate directly to CRI in North London please direct all parcels to:

c/o Exit Project
NW10 8SY

To arrange larger deliveries to CRI please email here

If you would like to make donations directly to your local shelters you can find more information from Women's Aid here: How to donate.

If you would like to raise money for Refuge by selling items on EBay you can do that officially here: Raising money via Refuge and EBay.

And to buy 'parcels' for Refuge look here.

Wales are still accepting donations for women's shelters via the brilliant here:

Ashley Ridler
Give and MakeUp c/o
63-67 Wellfield Road
CF24 3PA

(Please: do not ask either Escentual to accept your postal charges. They are doing this for us on a completely voluntary basis and should not incur costs to do so. Perhaps consider donating locally if you cannot afford to post items.)

Thank you for your support. 

How we started: 
Give and Makeup was borne out of an idea for a blog post.
I was going to write a post about essentials...that led to an idea about what your absolute necessities would be...that led to an idea about 'what if you had NOTHING'...and that led me to this page on the Refuge website.
My eyes locked on to 'Medicines and Toiletries' and I thought of the amount of product I had sitting in my cupboard and felt ashamed. I scrapped the blog post and Give and Makeup started that evening.

*About CRI

CRI is a health and social care charity working with individuals, families and communities across England and Wales that are affected by drugs, alcohol, crime, homelessness, domestic abuse, and antisocial behaviour. Its projects, delivered in communities and prisons, encourage and empower people to regain control of their lives and motivate them to tackle their problems.

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