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The Red Box Project responds to launch of new Government scheme for free period products

18th January 2020 Help & Advice, Local Businesses, Local Schools, Stapleford Community Group, Uncategorised Tags: 0 Comments

The Red Box Project is thrilled that, from Monday 20th January, every state-funded school and college in England will be able to order free period products for their students.

Stapleford Community Group would like to thank everyone who made donations to us for this project as it helped us help so many local youngsters. You can still make donations to us as we still get sanitary products to those in need, but this is great news for local Schools and means we can now concentrate on helping others.

The Red Box Project has teamed up with the campaign group, Free Periods, founded by teenager Amika George, to urge every school and college in England to sign up to the new Government scheme.

The work of the Red Box Project has shown that having freely available period products in school can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to participate in their education, and so to reach their full potential. One school participating in the Red Box Project in Portsmouth reported increased attendance of nearly a third after providing access to free period products for their students.

Anna Miles, co-founder of the project, said, “Our volunteers have worked incredibly hard over the past three years, collecting donations of period products from their communities and delivering them to over 5,000 educational settings across the UK. We have always believed, however, that access to these essential items shoul not rely on the kindness of strangers, and we are so glad that, from today, schools and colleges across England will be supported by the Government to order period products for their students, for free.”

Clegg Bamber, co-founder of the project added, “Every school and college in England has been allocated funding for their students and we urge them to use it. There is no means-testing for the scheme – it is for any student who needs it, for whatever reason.

We really encourage all primary schools to get involved with the scheme. Periods can start as young as eight or nine, and younger children will usually need some help to cope with their periods at school.”


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