As we face these incredibly uncertain and challenging times, one thing is certain: periods will continue

The Red Box Project and Free Periods and have always fought to ensure that every young person has access to the period products that they need when they’re at school. But now schools are closing, perhaps for some time. 

We’re so relieved that phs have confirmed that they will continue to make deliveries of free period products to schools under the Department for Education scheme during the lockdown. 

We now need to ensure that all state-maintained schools and colleges in England continue to place orders and take steps to distribute essential period supplies to students at home (in a safe and appropriate way). 

Please support our campaign by:




Dear [Headteacher/ Head of Pastoral Support]

Thank you, firstly, for all you are doing at this extraordinarily challenging time. It is appreciated so very much.

I wanted to get in touch to ask if you knew that the Department for Education’s free period products scheme is still running for all state-maintained schools and colleges in England? 

Phs Group (who run the scheme) have confirmed that they will continue to make deliveries of free period products to eligible schools and colleges, despite the lockdown. They can make these deliveries in a contactless way, and (if a particular school is closed) they can redirect deliveries to neighbouring schools. 

As you know, periods won’t stop even though schools are closed, so it is really important that young people who rely on accessing period supplies at their place of learning are not left without this support. Even if you have not placed an order under the scheme before, it is not too late to access free period supplies for our students.

I know that you would need to think carefully about how best to distribute these products to students in a safe and appropriate way, given the social distancing measures that are in place. One idea I have heard is that, for some schools, they could add period supplies to a delivery of provisions relating to free school meals. Alternatives could perhaps include a one-off collection at school by a parent/ carer or contactless deliveries to students’ homes. 

Guidance on the scheme and how to place orders is available from the Department for Education here. If you have any problems placing your order, you can call phs on 01827 255500.

Many thanks again for all that you are doing. 

Best wishes


Guidance on the scheme and how to place orders is available from the Department for Education here. If you have any problems placing your order, you can call phs on 01827 255500.

Thank you for all of your support, especially those of you who were able to share our posts and write to your MP on this issue.

You really have made a difference.

Please do continue to shout out about this campaign – period products are a necessity and we need to ensure continued access to them, despite the lockdown.

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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.

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:

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

April news!


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.


  • Gemma Abbott from RBP Stoke Newington and north Hackney


Marvellous March!


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.

Red Box Project Stokey have had plenty of generous donations this month, with surplus supplies coming from local foodbanks and lots of products collected in their Beaucatcher Salon drop off point.

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:

1 Year On – 168 Red Boxes


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

Young Women’s Day! – A Portsmouth Celebration


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!”