As we face these incredibly uncertain and challenging times, one thing is certain: periods will continue.
The Red Box Project and Free Periods have always fought to ensure that every young person has access to the period products that they need when they’re at school. But now schools are closing, perhaps for some time.
We’re so relieved that PHS have confirmed that they will continue to make deliveries of free period products to schools under the Department for Education scheme during the lockdown.
We now need to ensure that all state-maintained schools and colleges in England continue to place orders and take steps to distribute essential period supplies to students at home (in a safe and appropriate way).
Welcome to the Red Box Project! The Red Box Project is a community-based, not-for-profit initiative, which aims to support young people throughout their periods by providing red boxes filled with free period products to local schools.
The Story: The Red Box Project was founded in March 2017 by three friends who wanted to give young people in their local area access to sanitary products. After reading about ‘Period Poverty‘ in the news, they were angered at the idea that young people were missing out on their education because they couldn’t afford the products they needed during their period. They decided to take action and contacted several secondary schools in Portsmouth to ask if a constantly stocked box of menstrual products would be welcomed. The feedback from teachers was that the issue was real and the resource was needed. Recognising that the need was nationwide, they invited individuals from across the country to be a part of this movement and the response was overwhelming. From Scotland to Cornwall as well as overseas, people began to group together, set up Red Boxes filled with tampons, pads, tights and underwear which were then delivered into local schools. They fundraised, collected, had craft sales and donations drives, all to make sure their boxes never became empty.
This is happening in Barnsley and we have a number of collection locations across the borough. If you would like to become a collection point or if you are a school or community organisation that would like to be considered please contact us and if we know that our stock levels will allow us to supply you adequately, then we will aim to have a box with you within a day, it's that simple!
Contact name: Leonie
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobile number:07943 833680
Published: 09 August 2019