Weʼre raising £1,000 to continue the work of the Red Box Project Hackney North & Stoke Newington, a scheme providing free menstrual items to young women in the area
- London Borough of Hackney, London, UK
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We are volunteers with a community-based initiative called the Red Box Project, which aims to support young women throughout their periods by providing free menstrual protection. We are started our project in Stoke Newington in February and we have quickly grown across north Hackney. We already have boxes in 28 schools and colleges; our goal is to provide red boxes to all secondary and primary schools in this area that want one.
The project is a simple but effective scheme to provide girls with free menstrual protection if they cannot access their own. Every school that signs up to the free scheme receives a red box filled with menstrual items donated by the community to be kept by the School Nurse or other appropriate member of staff. The pupils of that school can access this box at any time and take from it what they need - providing them with the reassurance that they will be protected throughout their menstrual cycle.
Halfway down inside of the box are our contact details so that when supplies fall below this level, a member of staff can either call or email us. The box is then replenished by us within 48 hours. This is a free service to any school who signs up with us and we will never let the box run out.
No tearful panics in the loo. No wadded up toilet roll. No missed lessons or staying at home. No anxious embarrassment. We believe that all women should be provided with the assurance that having their period is perfectly normal and that the comfort that menstrual protection provides is vital.
We need your help to meet the costs of running the project - our main cost is the red boxes themselves, but we also need to pay for black pants (we include these in the boxes in a variety of sizes), brown paper bags (so items can be taken from the boxes discreetly) and any menstrual items we need that aren’t available from our donated stock.
As well as donating cash, we are of course reliant on generous donations of menstrual products from our local community and via our Amazon Wishlist without which we could not continue. Please do check out our Facebook page for more details of local donation points.
If you would like to help us by volunteering your time, we would love to hear from you!
Many thanks for your support!
Gemma and Elise, Coordinators of The Red Box Project Hackney North and Stoke Newington
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Great project!!! Happy to volunteer if you need extra help! I am also based in Hackney xx
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Jun 18, 2018
This is a great scheme. It's a shocking and sad time when young women in the UK are missing out on their education because their families can't afford pads and tampons. Well done you.
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