Face Mask Pioneers

Promoting safe facemask use to individuals and communities and providing free masks and coaching to those in need. 

You can be a Pioneer. Take part in our free online 25-minute workshop. We take you through simple to follow safe use guidelines. We give you the tools and resources to share information and distribute masks.


Pioneers open paths for others to follow.



References and Further Reading

All the information and guidance we have used in our briefing is based on World Health Organisation guidelines

World Health Organisation

The mask we offer is based on the experience of Thanet Facemasks, a voluntary group that distributed over 10,000 masks to carers in Thanet so it has been tried and tested. The feedback was excellent. The specification is two layers of 100% cotton. This is a good specification.

When choosing a mask there are 3 things to keep in mind

  • Effectiveness of material and design in preventing Covid-19 transmission

  • Breathability (this relates directly to the length of wear)

  • Ease and safety of use


Here are some links to articles on Materials

Best Materials for a DIY Mask

Good article on how virus’s  work and when we need to use masks and other precautions

Peter Tippet MD PhD

An excellent resource on the case for masks and guidance on homemade masks


DISCLAIMER All our masks and guidance provision is based on developing and sharing good practice. The responsibility for using masks remains the sole decision and responsibility of the wearer. 


Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund, has helped us to develop the Facemask Pioneers Campaign and provide ‘no sweat’ facemasks to people in need. This is supporting individuals and communities to protect themselves, each other and the environment.