At our August meeting we were joined by Rebecca from The Red Box Project to share with us what the project is about and how we can help.
What is The Red Box Project?
It’s an initiative that quietly ensures that no young woman misses out on her education because of her period. We are 100% community driven and run by women around the UK. We place constantly stocked Red Boxes of sanitary wear in schools for young women to access, aiming to reach those who may not be able to afford these vital items.
Working as a nationwide community of women, The Red Box Project seeks to free sanitary wear to any young woman that may struggle to access it, this means more boxes in more schools across the UK – we need your help!
The Red Box Project was initiated in March 2017 by three friends who wanted to give young women in their local area access to sanitary products. After reading about ‘Period Poverty‘ in the news, they were angered at the idea that young women were missing out on their education because they couldn’t afford the products they needed during their period. They decided to take action and contacted several secondary schools in Portsmouth to ask if a constantly stocked box of sanitary wear would be welcomed. The feedback from teachers was that the issue was real and the resource was needed. Recognising that the need was nationwide, they invited women from across the country to be a part of this movement and the response was overwhelming. From Scotland to Cornwall, women began to group together and set up Red Boxes of tampons and towels in their local schools. They fundraised, collected, had craft sales and donations drives, all to make sure their boxes never became empty.
How can we at the Selby Swans help?
We now have our own red donation box. We ask that you donate items such as new knickers (any size!), any sanitary products including towels and tampons, feminine hygiene products, drawstring bags or sanitary towel tins – you could be adding an extra packet to the shopping trolley when you buy your own, or you’ve seen products at a bargain price. Or perhaps you have a stash of supplies you no longer need. However you choose to donate, it’s good to know that these products go to young women in our local area.