The Red Box Project

Timothy Hills / Categories: General

The Red Box Project

The Red Box Project is aimed at combating Period Poverty for disadvantaged girls with the aim of helping them stay in school throughout the month. To do this, the project collects donations of underwear and sanitary protection from members of the public and places them into schools, in red plastic boxes. When girls are in need of products, but don't have easy access to it at home (for whatever reason), rather than miss school, they can come to a trusted member of staff, ask for the red box, and take whatever they need to get through their period. That includes whole packs of different absorbencies, night pads, and even tampons, if required for PE, for example. The project also provides underwear and modesty bags.

Schools have been overwhelmingly positive about the project. One teacher recently said: “In our school the red box isn’t just providing girls who need it with vital resources, it’s also taking away the stigma of periods. Our girls are no longer whispering “Miss, do you have some pads”. Our girls are not having to decide between buying lunch and sanitary protection. They feel loved and supported.”

The Regis School will have two Red Boxes, one located in the Sixth Form study area and one located in Medical.

What is The Red Box Project?

The Red Box Project quietly ensures that no young woman misses school because she has her period. Working as a nationwide community of women, The Red Box Project seeks to provide free sanitary items for the young women in our local schools.

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