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:
Follow Lyndsay’s Project here – your support means so much to our coordinators
We are so happy that The Red Box Project has come to The Oxford Academy, led by the brilliant Rosie.
Please follow the link to find out more about how you can support them in ensuring that young women do not miss out on their education because they have their period:
April has been a brilliant month for RBP, with lots of new interest, boxes have been springing up all over the country. It is Spring after all…
This month we have:
- 2 new boxes for the South East Wales Project
- Southwark Council have agreed to pilot RBP collections in a few libraries and leisure centres to eventually, if all goes well, be in all of them!
- Newly started project in Sevenoaks and Tonbridge
- RBP Stoke Newington and north Hackney emptied their first full donation box from Morrisons – and it filled a trolley! They have a new donation box in Sainsbury’s Stamford Hill, very exciting! They’ve also got a new primary school on board and are dropping off the box next week – and another one in the pipeline!
- RBP Bury have got a secondary school onboard and two primary schools boxes ready to be delivered. Their Tesco donation box just keeps on giving and they are having to empty it once a week! On top of this, the Evolving Fitness team have start a campaign to fill up their donations box from their gym goers.
- RBP Hitchin have delivered their first box to a secondary school and have requests for boxes from two other schools.
- RBP Bedford have reached their first fundraising goal and their first box was placed into a school this month!
- RBP Ashford have a second large secondary school on board and delivered 4 boxes last month to their first school.
- South East London delivered their 52nd box to schools in their area!
- RBP has started in Watford & Bushey, they’ve already signed up a donation point and have started speaking to schools this month.
We’re super proud to be listed as a partner on the #FreePeriods campaign website, initiated by the amazing Amika George. Hooray for collaboration!
This month we want to say a big thank you to everyone that donated to Red Box Project around the country. We’ve had an amazing month…
A big thanks to Beauty Banks who have supported our South East London crew to collect and store sanitary products, they gave us a huge bag of pads and tampons that will go straight to local schools. They do brilliant work in the community themselves so we’re so very happy to have them as a supporter!
We also want to say thank you to HCC Parkway in Fareham for continuing to collect items in their office and for our most recent bag of items for local young women.
Mayflower WI group have supported Southampton Test Area with two massive donations this month, so thank you to them!
In York, Ripon Rockets Netball club and Stomp Kids shoe shop in Knaresborough collected boxes and boxes of towels and tampons, enough to swamp the living room of one of our lovely coordinators.
Red Box Project Bedford got off to a good start, raising £150 in week 1 of setting up their first box!
One of our most amazing successes this month is our South East London team member Tamsin managed to get a sanitary product donation point in all fourteen libraries in Bromley!
One of the team put together some figures about the project so far:
Last week The Red Box Project turned 1 year old, in that time our community of women has placed 168 Red Boxes in schools and other venues to ensure young women have access to sanitary products.
What have we learnt during this year?
- We’ve learnt that if we work together and create networks locally and nationally, we can support those that need help within our communities.
- We’ve learnt that the generosity of other knows no bounds, and that if people can help, they will. Across their local areas, our coordinators have been overwhelmed by the support that businesses and organisations have offered them – with donations points now active in libraries, churches, salons, cafes and even pubs!
- We’ve learnt that teachers work incredibly hard to support their pupils and are inspirational people, often using their own money to help their pupils.
- We’ve also learnt that the need for this service is real, that the boxes are accessed regularly, and that child poverty is a reality in the UK.
We’re learning lessons endlessly and hear from the most brilliant people daily, our network of amazing women grows week by week and they never fail to surprise us with the love and kindness with which they approach the project in their own locality.
We hope more than anything that after another year, the Red Box Project will no longer be needed, and that young women won’t have to struggle to access the essential items they need. Until then, we will continue to work hard for them, because no young woman should miss out on her education because of her period!
It’s a great concept and something we’re really finding is helping students in our schools. The girls love it, they can come and ask for the red box and no questions asked, they take what they need.
Teacher in London
Last week we were privileged to take part in Portsmouth City Council’s Young Women’s day at the Charles Dickens Centre. It was great to celebrate International Women’s Day in such great company, Liesl from RBP went along and brought raffle goodies.
The best thing? The huge number of girls who knew all about Red Box, had accessed one and – even better – came to tell us all about it. It was so uplifting to feel their joy, energy and positivity, these young women are our future and we’re so proud to support them.
“OMG. That box well saved my life Miss!”
Well done to the amazing Liz who was interviewed by That’s York TV on the work she is doing in her local schools.