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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
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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.
 

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