As many of our supporters already know, The Red Box Project is in the early stages of winding down in England as it has done already in Wales and Scotland. This is due to the respective government’s commitment to providing free menstrual products within all schools and colleges across the country. 

Whilst our project will remain open in those areas where we have projects and where our young people are not yet being supported by their governments in the same way, we feel that our decision to step aside for the government’s scheme to work effectively is the right one.

We would like to extend the kindness that we have been shown on multiple occasions, every single day and it may be that projects locally to you have products remaining that would help another setting within your community. If you know of a place or volunteer/work in one of these places then please email Anna and Clegg at our HQ: We would need to have a contact email and best point of contact name which we could share with our coordinators and the public who wish to continue supporting people outside of education. 

Our projects will not be continuing and we want to ensure that any products we have remaining go to where they are needed.

Many of our projects are still in need of your support. As we are sure you can appreciate, we are a voluntary run community initiative which means that our volunteer coordinators fit the running of their projects around their own lives. Truly incredible people! They will be in touch with everyone who have shown such kindness in due course and if you would still like to support us, in the first instance, please email us directly at HQ so we can check the position of your local projects. We are hugely appreciative of your support which we think shines through in everything we share. Please be patient with us as we navigate our way through this time. Thank you so much ❤️.


Thank you all so much!

In early 2020, our government in England plan to implement a scheme across schools and colleges that provides free menstrual products to those that need it. The same has already been implemented across Wales and Scotland. So that we can allow for this scheme to work effectively, The Red Box Project must stand aside. 

We are now beginning the early stages of winding down our projects based in England, as has already been done in Wales and Scotland but very much remaining open for our projects where this type of scheme is yet to be implemented. 

With the above in mind, we have made the decision to stop our incredibly kind monthly donations received through PayPal and at this stage, due to the overwhelming generosity shown by all of you, we will not be accepting any more monetary contributions. We have enough to sustain us in our final stages as well as the ability to support our remaining projects that will remain open. 

If you are an individual/business/community organisation etc. who would like to donate products, please in the first instance email Anna and Clegg directly at HQ: Whilst many of our projects would love to receive them, there are some that have enough to provide support to the schools/colleges/youth clubs they work with. 

In due course, we will be releasing a list of other organisations including those outside of education that are still working hard to provide the same support. 

It now leaves us to say thank you but it does not always feel like enough. For over 2 years we have received support from every part of the country as well as overseas. Hair salons, fire brigades, vets, international companies, law firms, societies and institutes, Girl Guides, shops, police forces, beauty salons, hospitals, large companies, small companies, community groups as well as individuals are just a glimpse in to the plethora of support we have been so fortunate to receive and it really is not an over-exaggeration to say that without people taking the time to email us and organise donation drives and fundraising events we would simply not have been able to provide Red Boxes to over 5,200 settings across the country and overseas.

The legacy of our project is that standing up and fighting for equality can lead to real change. Our volunteer coordinators have worked unbelievably hard, on the ground, to make a difference and they really and truly have. The could not have done this without the passion and commitment shown by their communities. It has been an honour to support our coordinators who are the heart of this project as well as speak to thousands of people via email. Every single email brings with it joy and humility which has sustained us through the busiest of times. 

Thank you all so very much. It has been an incredible journey and we are so proud that through hard work, kindness and commitment we are seeing the changes that have occurred this year. Our young people are our driving force. They deserve the best and inspire us every day.

5,000 Active Red Boxes

Plant a seed and watch it grow. This is how we view The Red Box Project.

Whilst, it is always at the forefront of our minds that growth equates to need; a need that should not exist in our society, we stand proud that we have been able to provide support to a wide-range of educational settings and youth clubs.

Over 5,000 active red boxes, filled with a range of products our young people know and feel comfortable using.

Each red box tells a story but at the roots are our volunteer coordinators. They are the heart of our project. Fitting in time within their already jam packed day to create boxes filled with love and kindness. The relationships they have built up with members of staff is something that brings us the most amount of joy and the feedback from both teachers and students tells us that we are helping in a practical way.

Thank you to every single person who commits time to being part of our team and to every person who supports the projects in their community. Every single donation makes the hugest difference.

Practical activism works and mix that up with humility and collaboration and you have something very special.

Happy Volunteers’ Week!

2 years ago, we were angered into action.

We truly had no idea of what path laid before us in terms of firstly, the magnitude of the issue we were tackling and secondly, the truly incredible number of people who felt as outraged as we were and wanted to stand up and act.

This week is one of our favourite weeks because it highlights the contributions made by volunteers across the UK and is our chance to say to each and every person involved in this project: thank you. Thank you for giving up your time. Thank you for caring so deeply about other people in your communities. Thank you for building this project and shaping it into the joyous and effective initiative that it is today. We have each other’s back and those of the thousands of young people we support in educational settings and youth clubs across the country.

There are no words that would give how I feel, the justice they deserve. I really could not have given my life to this project without the love and support of all of the volunteer coordinators involved in The Red Box Project and you have shown myself and others that kindness and commitment really do make a bloody difference.

Anna Miles – Co-Founder – The Red Box Project

Volunteers’ Week


Spring 2020 Government Scheme to Provide Free Menstrual Products Will Take Effect

Following the most recent roundtable discussion, in which we were in attendance at the Department for Education, we wanted to update you all on the future of the Red Box Project – please see below for details.

‪The specifics of the Government’s scheme are still to be confirmed. We will be working really hard to secure a comprehensive, meaningful provision, that enables every child to access the period products they need, and the education that is their right.

‪We will keep you all posted. And in the meantime, thank you for your continuing support.

The Red Box Project’s response to the Department for Education’s announcement of the extension of its policy of funding free period products in England’s schools to cover primary schools

The Red Box Project are thrilled with the news that the Department for Education’s funding for free menstrual products in England’s secondary schools and colleges will be extended to cover primary schools. They now call upon the Government to enshrine their policy in legislation, and ensure that all children in full-time compulsory education are supported, including those studying in pupil referral units and special educational settings, ensuring that period poverty in all of England’s schools becomes a matter of history. 

Anna Miles, co-founder of the Red Box Project said, “We are delighted that the Department for Education has listened to our concerns about the scope of this policy and has extended funding to include primary schools. Our experience at the Red Box Project has shown us that girls as young as 8 or 9 can experience period poverty. No child should miss out on their education because they have their period, irrespective of their age. “

Clegg Bamber, co-founder of the Red Box Project and director of Free Periods added, “At the Red Box Project, more than a third of our boxes of free period products are provided to primary schools – that’s well over 1,000 – so we know that there is a huge need to support children at this age. We are glad that the Government has heard the pleas of the Red Box Project, Free Periods and other activists, and will lift this arbitrary restriction on its funding. All children in full-time compulsory education should be supported.

Gemma Abbott, coordinator for the Red Box Project and director of Free Periods concluded, “We are glad that the Government has seen sense and extended funding to include primary schools; we now need to ensure this policy covers all children in full-time compulsory education, including pupil referral units and other special education settings. We also need to see this enshrined in legislation, so that this funding is not vulnerable to the political whims of future governments. This is a chance to end period poverty, for the children of today and tomorrow. Let’s take it.

About the Red Box Project

The Red Box Project is a nationwide, community-powered initiative to ensure that no young person misses out on their education because they have their period and lack access to menstrual products.

The Red Box Project started 2 years ago, in Portsmouth, and now has more than 3750 active red boxes in schools and other educational settings across the UK, ensuring young people have access to menstrual products whenever they need them – no questions asked. 

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Welsh Government will support every school with funding and provision of free period products

Overjoyed to hear this news today. ⁣

Ministers from the Welsh Government have today announced that all primary and secondary schools will be provided with free menstrual products and underwear in the form of a £2.3m grant which will be rolled out to councils who will deliver the scheme into all schools in their area. ⁣

⁣Encouraged by this and last year’s announcement from the Scottish government who pledged to provide the same support across all schools, colleges and universities we hope that government see the progressive moves made by our neighbours and extend their current commitment to cover ALL compulsory education settings. ⁣

⁣We remain hopeful. It would be incomprehensible to accept a scheme that does not include support for younger children, in primary schools, who menstruate and indeed have the same barriers attached to accessing products as their counterparts.

We have to build a society that our youngest citizens feel connected with. We do this by letting them know that we care about them; that their contribution to the world is important and should not ever be held back by biology.

#endperiodpoverty ⁣

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The Red Box Project Rossendale Coordinator Samara Barnes has been awarded the title of: Rossendale Woman of the Year

Photo Credit: Accrington Rossendale College

It gives us a huge amount of pride to announce that our incredible volunteer coordinator, Samara Barnes, has been awarded: Rossendale Woman of the Year for the truly inspiring commitment she has given to supporting others in our community.

Samara contacted us just over a year ago. At the time, she was 40 weeks pregnant and wanted to get involved in The Red Box Project after listening to a Guilty Feminist podcast which discussed the issues around period poverty. Passionate from the start, Samara, is someone you want on your team. As well as being kind, committed, driven and passionate she is also one of the most brilliant people you could hope to meet. Kind to the core.

A year into the project and Samara now coordinates and supports a whooping 57 educational settings; including, primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and youth clubs. She has galvanised her generous community into action and has 20 donation drop off points established. A number which is ever growing, as more and more people want to help and support the work Samara is doing.

This project was founded on kindness and respect for others. Samara lives by that ethos every day, supporting other coordinators as they begin their new projects and offering help and wise words to those that need it, including us!

Samara, you are the epitome of all that is good in the world. Selfless in your efforts to help other people and we are so overjoyed to see that you have been recognised for all that you do.

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Virtual Racing UK supports The Red Box Project

Virtual Racing UK is an event business that organises Virtual Distance and Fitness Challenges and donates 20% of the entry fee to charitable organisations and not for profits. 

Last week, I had the pleasure of receiving an email from the Virtual Racing UK’s Director, Sam, who said: ‘I feel very passionately about your cause and have been trying to find a charitable organisation exactly like you for a while!’ Her passion, positivity and enthusiasm shone through and it was such a pleasure to speak to her about the generous plan she had to support the work that we do.

Virtual Racing UK launched in June 2017 and has so far raised over £40,000 for various charities including: Mental Health Foundation, Marie Curie, Born Free, Ellie’s Friends and Cherished Gowns UK.

The business was founded by Sam and her sister and as a result of a nomination from a member of their team they have chosen to support The Red Box Project. We are over the moon to be appointed as their nominated charitable organisation for one of their monthly challenges: Huff & Puff 9 3/4 (June).

The great thing about virtual racing events is that they are accessible to all and allow entrants to complete the distances in one stint or across the month of the challenge.

A whooping 20% of every entry fee from this race will go towards supporting projects in delivering on the ground support to young people in educational settings across the UK.

Please take a look at their website to find out more about the fantastic events they offer.

You can also visit them on their Facebook page.

A huge thank you to the Virtual Racing UK team for the support you have given to us and so many inspirational charitable organisations who do such brilliant work in their communities.

We need to call upon government to ensure that no child, regardless of age, misses out on their education because they have their period.

Written by The Red Box Project HQ and South East London Coordinator, Becky Lopez

Designed by The Red Box Project Creative Volunteer – Eleanor Marsh.
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In last week’s Spring Statement, the Government promised to tackle period poverty in English schools, committing to provide menstrual products to all secondary schools and colleges. Like many campaigners around the country, I moved swiftly from elation to disappointment: what about primary schools? And watched with interest when Hammond was tackled on this by Danielle Rowley. His response: “I suppose that it is a manifestation of the universal truth that you can never satisfy”.

And he’s right. We’re not satisfied. Pleased it’s happened: yes. But no, not satisfied. And nor could we ever be with a move that excludes thousands of young people from support, depending on whether or not they were able to hang on and not start menstruating until the arbitrary age of 12.  We haven’t changed our aim. We want products available to all young people who menstruate. Period.

Why do primary schools matter to us so very much? At the Red Box Project, about a third of the boxes we have in educational settings are in primary schools. We do not deny that, as Hammond said, “the core of the problem [of period poverty] is in secondary schools”. Our box numbers and the frequency of top ups we supply support that. But nor can we deny that, if period poverty is a problem in secondary schools, it must be in primary schools too. Because under 12s menstruate. It’s simple maths. If the average age that a girl starts menstruating in the UK is 12, coincidentally around the age they start secondary school, some will start above and some will start below that age. And those younger girls, who can start as young as 8 or 9, deserve our support to stay in school as much as older school children do. Without support, they could face a monthly struggle for up to 3 years of school.

One way to look at it is as a matter of kindness. The younger the child when she starts menstruating, the more difficult her experience is likely to be. She is more likely to be isolated in her experience, without friends going through the same thing. She is less likely to have independence, able to get to the shops on her way home from school, for example, or earning pocket money so that she can make choices to support herself. She may have less help in school, with a lack of facilities in the toilets to make her feel comfortable about changing pads. She may not have had any formal education on menstruation. She may not even know what’s happening to her when her period starts, or what to do next. These are the vulnerable, anxious young people that a well-executed scheme designed to deliver period products into all schools could give vital support and confidence to.

But it’s not just about kindness; it’s about human rights. A child’s right to an education doesn’t start aged 12, when they start secondary school. All children are entitled to an education, regardless of their gender, social background and their age. Yet we know there is a growing attainment gap between FSM students and their peers that exists before children even start school, growing in every stage of education that follows. By the time a child on FSM finishes primary school, they will already be an estimated 9.5 months behind their peers. Of course, the reasons behind this gap are multifaceted and complicated. But young people need all of the support they can get, to stay in school and to be able to participate fully in lessons. Free menstrual products can help with that. Catching up is difficult. That support has to start early. Waiting until secondary school is too late.

Hammond said: “I am open to sensible suggestions for how we might address [the issue regarding primary schools]”. So here you go: set aside the money for primary schools to be able to buy products too. And please include PRUs and other special education settings whilst you’re doing so. In our experience, the need in primary schools is low, and so the cost should be too. But every child matters. Let’s keep them all in school. All month. Every month.