Weʼre raising £500 to kickstart our 'Red Box Project', a scheme providing young women in Stoke Newington schools with free sanitary items.
- London Borough of Hackney, London, UK
- Social welfare
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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 sanitary protection. This project is already up and running in schools elsewhere in England and Wales and we are raising funds for the first Red Box Project in Stoke Newington, Hackney, where we live. Our first box will be in Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form, which is a hugely important part of our local community, educating around 1700 of our local young people.
The project is a simple but effective scheme to provide girls with free sanitary protection if they cannot afford, or are too embarrassed, to buy their own. Every school that signs up to the free scheme receives a red box filled with sanitary items donated by the community to be kept by the School Nurse or other appropriate member of staff. The female pupils of that school can access this box at any time and take from it a prepared brown paper bag filled with sanitary items - providing them with the reassurance that they will be protected throughout their menstrual cycle. We are careful to select the items that they prefer and we provide individual items in the box too if a bag is not necessary.
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.
We also provide posters to be placed in the girls' toilets informing them of the scheme.
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 their 'time of the month' is perfectly normal and that the comfort that sanitary protection provides is vital.
As one of the largest schools in Hackney, setting up our first box in Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form gives us a huge opportunity to reach many young women who may benefit from our project. Once this scheme is well-established, we hope that we can expand our project more widely in our local area.
We need your help to raise funds to get the project up and running - we need to invest in red boxes, posters, and of course sanitary products!
Once we are started, we will need regular support from our local community and more widely, to donate sanitary products at our agreed drop-off points, or to donate financially either via Amazon wishlist or Justgiving. The project will not work without a community of supportive people who are committed to ending period poverty for local young women. We will keep you posted with how you can help us on an ongoing basis once we are established!
Many thanks for your support!
Gemma and Elise, Coordinators of The Red Box Project - Stokey
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Mar 18, 2018
Great work ladies. I will follow the project with interest!
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Feb 24, 2018
An excellent project👍
Feb 23, 2018