The Red Box Project – Northern Ireland

We are absolutely thrilled to see The Red Box Project Northern Ireland: North Down & Ards and Claire Best getting the coverage they deserve in this piece by BBC News.

Claire has worked so hard to bring her community together who in turn have shown themselves to be kind and generous in their support.

Tackling period poverty together!

#EndPeriodPoverty
#CommunityKindnessMatters
#TheRedBoxProject 
#NorthernIreland

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-47254222

Random Acts of Kindness Day

Being kind to another person can often take a concerted effort. When life is full of your own stresses and strains it can take a lot to sprinkle joy into someone else’s life. But, notice the effect it has when you do take the time to open a door for someone, give way to someone when you’re driving, stopping to let a person or people cross the road and smiling. Smiling is often the best way to show someone you care. A silent exchange that can lift another human soul when they need it most. 

Today is ‘Random Acts of Kindness Day’. So many wonderful posts have been shared on social media and it is a joy to see each one. 

We, at The Red Box Project, are fortunate. We see the kindness of others, in action, on numerous occasions, every single day. The generosity and silent acts of giving are inspiring and it is that which keeps us motivated and empowered to keep delivering support to as many educational settings across the UK and overseas. 

We also see the other side. The need for your continued support is ever growing. Thank you so much for taking those moments to write a kind word, make journeys to your local donation drop off points and for supporting the legal campaign we are involved in. Access to period products should not be reliant on the kindness of strangers but until change comes we are so grateful to each and every one of you. Together we are stronger! 

#randomactsofkindnessday
#randomactsofkindness
#kindnessmatters
#redboxproject

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, The Red Box Project and Amika George would love you to join the #FreePeriods movement

This year, the theme of International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter, celebrating women’s achievements as well as focusing on a call for a more gender-balanced world.

We believe that every child should have equal access to education, regardless of gender. This is their fundamental human right. It is completely unacceptable that any young person should miss out on their education because they have their period. That is why we are calling on the Government to provide funding for free menstrual products for schools and colleges across the country.

At The Red Box Project, we have learnt that there truly is strength in numbers and we would love for your school to get involved: opening up conversations around periods, breaking down barriers and encouraging engagement in politics and society.

How can you join us?

1. Discuss with young people the importance of gender equality in schools. Why does it matter? How do periods fit into this issue? What should be done about it?

2. Take action: we’ve included several activities suitable for English lessons, citizenship lessons, PSHE, form times or debating or feminism clubs, to get students to think about #FreePeriods. We’ve included an activity to help students to write to their MP about the issue. This is a real world problem and letters could be sent to their MP in anticipation of a response.

3. Join the #FreePeriods movement online. We would love to hear from schools tweeting or commenting about the difference #FreePeriods would make to their students. Please do tag @RedBoxProject and @AmikaGeorge in your tweets.

To download our teaching resources, please click on the link below.

We would love to hear your feedback on how the discussions and activities went. Please email: redboxprojectuk@gmail.com 

Thank you for joining us in the fight for #FreePeriods

Crimson Grenade!

SAVE THE DATE!

The Crimson Grenade Cabaret Evening is being held in just 10 days time. If you live in London or are visiting on the 31st Jan 2019, why not pop along to what promises to be a great night of entertainment!

Ticket profits for the evening will be being donated to the Red Box Project.

Click on the link below for more information about this fabulous event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/222299205362033/?ti=ia

We Have Hit Our Initial £10k Target!

#FreePeriods: It’s Time to Take Legal Action to End Period Poverty in the UK

Free Periods

Let the legal campaign begin!

This is incredible!

Kindness is everywhere. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

In under one week and from pledges made by 399 AMAZING people we have reached our initial target of £10k, allowing us to take the next step forwards in our legal campaign. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Thank you so much to everyone who donated, liked and shared our posts on social media . You are wonderful people! ❤️⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

Our Crowd Justice page is still very much live and we would love for more and more people to support our legal campaign but knowing we have hit our initial target so quickly is overwhelming in the best possible way and sets us on the path of building a robust case to bring to our government – asking them to fulfil their legal responsibility in ensuring that no young person misses out on their right to an education because they have their period. ⁣⁣⁣⁣Break the inequality.

⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣#endperiodpoverty⁣⁣⁣

#freeperiods⁣⁣⁣

#kindnessmatters⁣⁣⁣

#thenextstep⁣⁣⁣

#education⁣⁣⁣

#dignity ⁣⁣⁣

#theredboxproject

I, Daniel Blake

I, Daniel Blake – On BBC Two at 9.45 pm Monday 5th January 2019.

‘If you’re not angry, what kind of person are you?’ Director, Kenneth (Ken) Loach offering out the question we should all be asking.

It is never about turning a blind eye.

If you haven’t already immersed yourself with the masterpiece that is: I, Daniel Blake then we beseech you to watch, record and allow yourself to be confronted with the stark reality that our country finds itself in today; spiralling out of control for so many, too many people, in our society.

Every stranger is a friend you have yet to meet. When you psychologise it in that sense, difficult times can occur in a split second and completely out of your control to your family, friend or neighbour. Ignorance is definitely NOT bliss.

Everyone who supports us – thank you for placing yourself in another person’s shoes and reinforcing how important it is to have a society built on morals that are positive, kind and caring.

#EndPeriodPoverty
#TogetherWeAreStronger
#KindnessMatters

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/oct/15/ken-laoch-film-i-daniel-blake-kes-cathy-come-home-interview-simon-hattenstone

The Red Box Project Launches in Matthew Moss High School

Photo Credit: Rochdale Online

The Red Box Project launches at Matthew Moss High School!

A wonderfully positive write up from Rochdale Online and a glimpse in to the teachers and other members of staff that work in our schools and who care so much about the students in their care.

Anna Stokes, our The Red Box Project Rochdale coordinator brings such passion and commitment to tackling period poverty in her community and we are so lucky to have her. Thank you for all you do!

#EndPeriodPoverty
#KindnessMatters
#TheRedBoxProject

Free sanitary products ‘boost attendance’ – BBC News – The Red Box Project

The Red Box Project is a not-for-profit, community based initiative. We are run by the community for the community. Our focus is on ensuring that young people access the education they deserve by providing red boxes filled with free menstrual products to schools across the UK and overseas.
 
For anyone wishing to learn more about the impact this project has, please take a couple of minutes to watch this video via BBC News.
 
Some quotes from the piece:
 
“Being able to access products at school has boosted attendance.”
 
“The girls well-being has increased and they are more comfortable being in school now.’ – Janette, Welfare and Medical Officer Castle View Academy Portsmouth.
 
“Teachers at Castle View Academy has said that the number missing school has dropped by a third.”
 
Having visited Castle View Academy Portsmouth, a school supported by The Red Box Project and our Red Box Project – Portsmouth North coordinator, Rebecca Cave, I had the pleasure of meeting these incredible young women who were interviewed. A special thank you to them, Jeanette and Sarah, who works for the BBC and constructed this piece with real sensitivity.
 
 Thank you to everyone who supports The Red Box Project – we could not do any of this without your kindness.
 

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