Harriett’s Press

In May 2022 we were awarded £5522 from The Rampion Community Benefit Fund at Sussex Community Foundation for our creative laundry project Harriett’s Press. The funding was for a new washing machine, a new tumble dryer and additional staff time running the project.

What we did

We had been running Harriett's Press since May 2021, offering people without access to affordable laundry services, a free wash and dry, a hot drink and access to creative activities. The funding enabled us to buy bigger, more eco-efficient machines to replace the existing domestic ones, doubling the amount of loads we can offer each week. We relaunched the service in November 2022.


Watch this short video to hear more about Harriett Cowley who inspired our work at Harriett's Press. Special thanks to Harriett's granddaughter Loraine Perrin for her support, for all the stories and making the filming fun.


Read more about the back ground to Harriett's Press and about Harriett Cowley who inspired us.

The results

2000 eco laundry strips donated

by Tru Earth for people to use in the space

Harriett's Press winning £1500

at Brighton Soup to part fund the commercial dryer

Resident artist Saj Fareed

designing a creative programme that changes weekly

Being able to support people

In an unprecedented cost of living crisis

How we engaged with people

I loved the space, time to chat, create and washing done.


Thanks to Harriett's Press not having a washing machine, though much less convenient, has strengthened my community roots.


Who was involved?

Harriett's Press has been funded by Brighton & Hove City Council, Brighton University, Brighton Soup and Awards for All. Our original partners were Brighton YMCA, Carlton Hill Primary & Brighton Womens Centre.


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