Red Box Project

Published: 11 February 2019

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East Peckham Parish Council launches Red Box Project 04/02/19

As part of the Parish Councils 125th year, we have launched the East Peckham Red Box Project.

The Red Box Project is a community-based, not-for-profit initiative, which aims to support young people throughout their periods by providing red boxes filled with free period products to local schools.

The Story

The Red Box Project was founded in March 2017 by three friends who wanted to give young people 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 menstrual product 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 individuals from across the country to be a part of this movement and the response was overwhelming. From Scotland to Cornwall as well as overseas, people began to group together, set up Red Boxes filled with tampons, pads, tights and underwear which were then delivered in to local schools. They fundraised, collected, had craft sales and donations drives, all to make sure their boxes never became empty.

We are asking local residents to donate sanitary items, underwear, wipes and deodorant by placing them in the red box. Donated items will then be delivered to local schools so that no girl misses school or faces embarrassment because of her period.

The box can be found in the Jubilee Hall Meeting Room and donations can be made weekday mornings or to any Parish Councillor.

Thank you for your support