Red Box News

The Department for Education award contract to phs group

Here at The Red Box Project, we are very interested to see this contract awarded by the Department for Education to phs Group.

We are hopeful that there will be a smooth transition for our schools and colleges from the support provided by our incredible volunteer coordinators to free products given under this scheme.

Watch this space… 👇

https://www.phs.co.uk/about-phs/expertise-news/period-equality-for-all/

KINDNESS MATTERS

As many of our supporters already know, The Red Box Project is in the early stages of winding down in England as it has done already in Wales and Scotland. This is due to the respective government’s commitment to providing free menstrual products within all schools and colleges across the country. 

Whilst our project will remain open in those areas where we have projects and where our young people are not yet being supported by their governments in the same way, we feel that our decision to step aside for the government’s scheme to work effectively is the right one.

We would like to extend the kindness that we have been shown on multiple occasions, every single day and it may be that projects locally to you have products remaining that would help another setting within your community. If you know of a place or volunteer/work in one of these places then please email Anna and Clegg at our HQ: redboxprojectuk@gmail.com. We would need to have a contact email and best point of contact name which we could share with our coordinators and the public who wish to continue supporting people outside of education. 

Our projects will not be continuing and we want to ensure that any products we have remaining go to where they are needed.

Many of our projects are still in need of your support. As we are sure you can appreciate, we are a voluntary run community initiative which means that our volunteer coordinators fit the running of their projects around their own lives. Truly incredible people! They will be in touch with everyone who have shown such kindness in due course and if you would still like to support us, in the first instance, please email us directly at HQ so we can check the position of your local projects. We are hugely appreciative of your support which we think shines through in everything we share. Please be patient with us as we navigate our way through this time. Thank you so much ❤️.

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Thank you all so much!

In early 2020, our government in England plan to implement a scheme across schools and colleges that provides free menstrual products to those that need it. The same has already been implemented across Wales and Scotland. So that we can allow for this scheme to work effectively, The Red Box Project must stand aside. 

We are now beginning the early stages of winding down our projects based in England, as has already been done in Wales and Scotland but very much remaining open for our projects where this type of scheme is yet to be implemented. 

With the above in mind, we have made the decision to stop our incredibly kind monthly donations received through PayPal and at this stage, due to the overwhelming generosity shown by all of you, we will not be accepting any more monetary contributions. We have enough to sustain us in our final stages as well as the ability to support our remaining projects that will remain open. 

If you are an individual/business/community organisation etc. who would like to donate products, please in the first instance email Anna and Clegg directly at HQ: redboxprojectuk@gmail.com. Whilst many of our projects would love to receive them, there are some that have enough to provide support to the schools/colleges/youth clubs they work with. 

In due course, we will be releasing a list of other organisations including those outside of education that are still working hard to provide the same support. 

It now leaves us to say thank you but it does not always feel like enough. For over 2 years we have received support from every part of the country as well as overseas. Hair salons, fire brigades, vets, international companies, law firms, societies and institutes, Girl Guides, shops, police forces, beauty salons, hospitals, large companies, small companies, community groups as well as individuals are just a glimpse in to the plethora of support we have been so fortunate to receive and it really is not an over-exaggeration to say that without people taking the time to email us and organise donation drives and fundraising events we would simply not have been able to provide Red Boxes to over 5,200 settings across the country and overseas.

The legacy of our project is that standing up and fighting for equality can lead to real change. Our volunteer coordinators have worked unbelievably hard, on the ground, to make a difference and they really and truly have. The could not have done this without the passion and commitment shown by their communities. It has been an honour to support our coordinators who are the heart of this project as well as speak to thousands of people via email. Every single email brings with it joy and humility which has sustained us through the busiest of times. 

Thank you all so very much. It has been an incredible journey and we are so proud that through hard work, kindness and commitment we are seeing the changes that have occurred this year. Our young people are our driving force. They deserve the best and inspire us every day.

The Red Box Project partners with Fit4Life

This week, the Red Box Project launched a partnership with the community interest company, Fit4Life.

Fit4Life focus on positively changing the lives of young people aged between 12-18 years old, from areas of deprivation, and also those that are not in mainstream education. They do this by developing interventions not for young people but with young people – giving young people a voice.

Given the two remits of both Fit4Life and the Red Box Project, we’re sure you’ll agree it’s a good partnership to embark on

2 Years on: From then to Now

The growth of this project from our early days to now is huge.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

Like us, our volunteer coordinators and supporters would not accept that young people were often missing out on their education because they did not have access to the menstrual products they needed. They stood up and decided to make a real difference to others in their communities.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

Looking at the 63775% increase in boxes over the past year it goes to show what the power of practical activism can achieve. Sticking firmly to our ethos and providing a support network which brings together communities in the most positive way, to deal with a serious issue, have all been instrumental to our growth as well as the increasing need from the schools, colleges and youth clubs who contact us. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

We are voluntary run and it is down to hard work and commitment that we are able to provide this incredible level of support. Additionally, we never forget the positive effects of kindness and support within our own project.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

Thank you to every single person who has played a part and created real change within The Red Box Project’s aims. Humanity at its absolute best.⁣⁣

5,000 Active Red Boxes

Plant a seed and watch it grow. This is how we view The Red Box Project.

Whilst, it is always at the forefront of our minds that growth equates to need; a need that should not exist in our society, we stand proud that we have been able to provide support to a wide-range of educational settings and youth clubs.

Over 5,000 active red boxes, filled with a range of products our young people know and feel comfortable using.

Each red box tells a story but at the roots are our volunteer coordinators. They are the heart of our project. Fitting in time within their already jam packed day to create boxes filled with love and kindness. The relationships they have built up with members of staff is something that brings us the most amount of joy and the feedback from both teachers and students tells us that we are helping in a practical way.

Thank you to every single person who commits time to being part of our team and to every person who supports the projects in their community. Every single donation makes the hugest difference.

Practical activism works and mix that up with humility and collaboration and you have something very special.

Always and Tampax donate to the Red Box Project

The amazing Always UK & Ireland and Tampax UK and Ireland have donated an incredible one million pads to us as part of their #EndPeriodPoverty campaign!

In July 2018, the Red Box Project partnered with Always as part of their #InstaPoets campaign and received 100,00 products from the company. Furthering this, the partnership continued and saw influencers go into schools and speak to young people about periods, along with our Red Box Project coordinators, and highlighting the Red Box Project exists in their schools.

Credit : Always UK and Ireland Instagram

Always and Tampax have since donated a further 1 million products to the Red Box Project which have been reaching projects around the country this week and our coordinators can’t wait to get them distributed out into schools!

Thank you so much to Always, Tampax and everyone behind the scenes who have helped organise this unbelievable donation!

National Volunteers Week 2019

As the annually celebrated National Volunteers week drew to a close we shared a video of the testament that our Volunteers are to the Red Box Project.

The amount of effort, energy and courage that they each put into their local projects every day. Every volunteer is playing their part in ensuring that no young person misses out on their education due to having their period.

Finally, a huge THANK YOU to all our volunteers, past and present, that have enabled the Red Box Project to become what it is today!

Happy Volunteers’ Week!

2 years ago, we were angered into action.

We truly had no idea of what path laid before us in terms of firstly, the magnitude of the issue we were tackling and secondly, the truly incredible number of people who felt as outraged as we were and wanted to stand up and act.

This week is one of our favourite weeks because it highlights the contributions made by volunteers across the UK and is our chance to say to each and every person involved in this project: thank you. Thank you for giving up your time. Thank you for caring so deeply about other people in your communities. Thank you for building this project and shaping it into the joyous and effective initiative that it is today. We have each other’s back and those of the thousands of young people we support in educational settings and youth clubs across the country.

There are no words that would give how I feel, the justice they deserve. I really could not have given my life to this project without the love and support of all of the volunteer coordinators involved in The Red Box Project and you have shown myself and others that kindness and commitment really do make a bloody difference.

Anna Miles – Co-Founder – The Red Box Project

Volunteers’ Week

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