International Day of the Girl 2018

Girl. We’re with you.
We’ve got your back as you go to school.
As you learn.
As you play.
As you make friends.
As you strengthen your body and sharpen your mind.
As you grow older and grow up and grow ready for the world that’s waiting for you.
As you get the skills you need to become doctors, teachers, presidents, lawyers, engineers, architects, designers, chefs, professional footballers, actors, train drivers, journalists, entrepreneurs, coders.

You, girl, are incredible.
We’ve got your back.
We’re there with you.
Every day, every month.
We’ll help make sure you don’t miss a day of school.
We’ll help make sure you’re ready.

On International Day of the Girl, the UN is calling for help to ensure the world creates a skilled girlforce. Help us smash gender inequalities in schools and ensure that every single girl in this country reaches her potential, by giving her access to products to help her manage her period.

Donate products. Volunteer your time. Share this post.

Stand with us. Stand with girls.

#GirlChild
#GirlChildEducation
#EndPeriodPoverty
#TheRedBoxProject

Artwork by the incredible talent that is, Eleanor Jayne Marsh. Follow her on Instagram: @digiteldoll and on Twitter: @Elcelcius

UN Women ❤️

 

The Red Box Project Andover

 

 

Photo Credit: Andover Advertiser

We are very lucky to have Andover supported by our volunteer coordinators Michelle and Niki.

Niki said,

“The response has been overwhelming, I didn’t ever think I would get excited about a delivery of sanitary towels and tampons! I’ve found myself dancing around my kitchen in victory when I’ve opened an email from a school asking for a box.

“It is however bittersweet because there shouldn’t be the need in the first place and it breaks my heart to think of young women and girls out there struggling month on month to deal with a natural part of life.”

Read more about their journey in to The Red Box Project and the work they are doing to tackle ‘period poverty’

They are really keen to gain support in the local community in the shape of donation drop off points. If you are a local business/community space/club etc and think you can help please do head over to their Facebook page

The Red Box Project comes to New Zealand

 

 

We are overjoyed that The Red Box Project is being used to support young women across the waters in New Zealand.

The concept of our project is and always will be to invite everyone in to an initiative that can be easily replicated and shared as well as and most importantly of all, offering the same support we provide to our young people here in the UK.

It is clear that the issues around ‘period poverty’ are not isolated to one particular area of the world and it gives us great pride in inviting new people on board who want to become part of our warm community.

Welcome, New Zealand Projects!

Follow The Red Box Project – Whangarei here

#EndPeriodPoverty
#TheRedBoxProject
#KindnessMatters
#TogetherWeAreStronger

The Red Box Project – Plymouth

 

 

Lyndsay Whitfield is our fantastic Red Box Project coordinator, helping girls in the Plymouth area, so that they never have to miss school because of their period.

Please follow the link to read more about the amazing work she is doing to tackle period poverty:

https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/health/period-poverty-red-box-project-1979780

Follow Lyndsay’s Project here – your support means so much to our coordinators

Community Kindness Matters!

The Red Box Project Maidstone would like to say a massive “Thank You” to Jaydee Living at www.wheeliebins.co.uk for donating 3 x 240 litre red bins. These bins will be put to great use in various collection points, enabling us to further provide the local schools girls and community.

#communitykindnessmatters

Gemma Abbott, Hackney North Red Box Project Coordinator, writes for The Observer about period poverty.

 

 

‘I began donating period products to my local food bank and then, keen to have a greater impact, I became involved as a volunteer coordinator for the Red Box Project, whose aim is to ensure that no young woman goes without access to menstrual protection. The project uses donations from local communities to provide red boxes filled with period products and spare underwear to more than 750 schools across the UK and, before the holidays, this number was increasing by more than 100 each month.’

Gemma was invited to write a piece for The Observer. As we knew it would be, her thoughts were expressed with eloquence and we agree: to continue to ignore that the problem exists is a ‘bloody disgrace’.

Please read more here.

 

Photo Credit: The Guardian Online, Echo/Getty Images/Cultura RF

 

Yorkshire Building Society supports The Red Box Project!

Today marks the start of a campaign withYorkshire Building Society who are collecting donations for our local projects in participating branches around the UK. 

Thank you to Yorkshire Building Society for your kindness and support in ensuring free products are accessible to pupils in primary and secondary education.

The campaign is running until 7th September 2018 so if you’re in a branch that is collecting donations, please feel free to donate!

Participating branches:

Batley

Barnsley

Blackburn

Cardonland Agency

Castleford

Croydon GS

Helensburgh Agency

Ipswich

Leicester

Lincoln

Longridge Agency

Malton

Manchester

Mapplewell Agency

Preston

Reading

Ripon

Rotherham Agency

Rugby Agency

Southampton

Wallasey

Wetherby

Wigan

 

 

Working with the National Citizenship Service

 

Our Red Box Project coordinator, Tizzie Kite, talks about her amazing experience, running a workshop for 150 inspiring young people. 

It’s August, it’s sweltering hot, and I’ve got the task of leading workshops for around 150 teenagers over 2 mornings in a lecture theatre.

I was invited to talk to the young people taking part in NCS, or the National Citizenship Service, to encourage them to help out with The Red Box Project for the community outreach section of their summer programme.

As my first group began to arrive, it soon became clear to me that these kids had no clue what Red Box was about, and boy, were they in for a shock. My workshop begins with the young people listing as many euphemisms as they can for periods. The record from the two days was 18, and my personal favourites included ‘paging Edward Cullen’, ‘Satan’s Waterfall’, ‘My Dolmio Days’, and simply, ‘A Shit Time’.

My workshop also featured games such as ‘higher or lower’ and a version of ‘The Price is Right’, which compared the cost of basic food items to the cost of sanitary products. The results left the young people, particularly the boys, shocked.

After these games, we looked at some situations that young women could find themselves in, and what they would do if they were in them. An example we discussed was the story of 14-year-old Samantha.

She lives with her parents and 2 younger brothers. Her mum is very ill, and spends most of her day in bed, while her dad works long hours to cover the rent and bills, leaving very little money for food. Her Dad sends her to the shop with £5 to get food for the whole family, but her period has just started, so Sam is left with a tricky situation. She can buy some pads and potentially have her family go hungry for a night, or she can buy the food and skip school until her period stops.

The discussions were interesting, with many of the young people questioning why these products cost so much, why there is a tax on them, and why the government doesn’t supply them—something that many people have been wondering for years!

After feedback, I added a third option to their scenarios. What if they could go somewhere to get free sanitary products that would last the entire length of their period? The young people agreed unanimously that this was the best option for all of the scenarios they were given.

Using their understanding of the situation some people face, we learnt about what period poverty was with help from a video from Bloom on YouTube.

Finally, at the end of the workshop, I tied all the loose ends together by telling them about The Red Box Project and the work that the organisation does across the UK. The feedback from the young people was absolutely phenomenal. They wanted to know what they could do to help, whether there were red boxes in their schools, and I even had a few of the leaders ask me how they could get involved. One asked me to come and do a workshop at his workplace, too!

The NCS slogan is “say yes”, and I’m hoping that some of the young people I have spoken to over the last two weeks will “say yes” to helping end period poverty!

Period Drama – Fundraiser Film Night!

Come and join us at the gorgeous Fontaine’s bar – 100% independent, female-owned and female-run – for a cosy showing of Sense & Sensibility starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman (RIP).

THAT TIME OF THE MONTH, a new monthly film event, aims to help schoolgirls across the UK secure their futures while offering attendees a sumptuous escape into the past, with a series of screenings of period dramas to raise funds for the Red Box Project, a community-led initiative to combat period poverty in schools.

One in ten girls in the UK have been unable to afford sanitary wear, 49 per cent of girls have missed an entire day of school because of their period, and 48 per cent of girls aged 14-21 in the UK are embarrassed by their periods.

The Red Box Project was initiated in March 2017 by three friends who wanted to give young women in their local area access to sanitary products, and began organising constantly stocked boxes of sanitary wear in schools in Portsmouth. Recognising that the need was nationwide, they invited women from across the country to be a part of this movement. There are now Red Box Projects all across the UK, from Scotland to Cornwall.

“Let’s face it, period poverty is an outrage,” says Liesl Rose, co-founder. “The Red Box Project uses community kindness to support young women and these monthly film fundraisers are a fantastic example of that.”

That Time of the Month was dreamed up by Emma Kosmin, 29, who volunteers for her local Red Box Project in Watford/Bushey.

“My friends and I love to watch period dramas together while on our periods,” says Emma. “It’s permission for having a little time out from life during what can sometimes be a rough time of the month. Now we’d like to invite you to join us too”.

All profits from the first event will benefit the Red Box Project in Watford/Bushey, with eachevent highlighting and supporting local projects across the UK. There will be a Red Box at Fontaines on the night to accept sanitary donations to benefit local schools, so bring what you can!

The Red Box Project requests donations of sanitary pads (all varieties of length and flow), tampons (regular or light), panty liners (individually wrapped), small packets of Femfresh wipes (or similar), disposable sanitary bags, new dark coloured knickers (sizes child 10-11 up to adult size 16), small roll-on deodorants, shower gel and opaque black tights (all sizes).

You’ll get a chance to learn more about the Red Box Project, and we got some special surprises lined up for the first event, watch this space.

Luxury seats are £9 and regular are £7. Includes popcorn! Limited so act fast!

Fontaines is a venue for those 21+.