The Red Box Project
In 2019, Better Bankside is launching a new campaign to help alleviate period poverty and the impact it can have on young people’s education, working in partnership with the Red Box Project in Southwark.
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. According to Plan International UK, 1 in 10 girls can't afford to buy menstrual products, and research conducted by Always found that more than 137,700 girls have missed school in the last year because they couldn’t afford sanitary products.
The Red Box Project collects donations of period products and new underwear from members of the public and takes them to school, where teachers can hand them out to students who need them, often providing enough for their whole period and make sure they have a few spare pads for the next month too. Teachers have also reported that having a Red Box has helped remove some of the taboos around periods and encourages young people to feel more comfortable and confident talking about them.
How can you get involved?
Better Bankside is partnering with the Red Box Project's South East London group to set up a network of donation points with our member businesses. Each business that joins the campaign will be given a red box as well as promotional posters so that colleagues can donate sanitary products, new underwear and tights. Better Bankside will organise collections from these businesses three to four times per year, usually around half term time so that the Red Box Project coordinators can distribute them to schools during the second half of term.
If you'd like to get your office involved, please contact rn [at] betterbankside.co.uk (subject: Red%20Box%20Project) (Rachel Nicholson) who will arrange to deliver a red box and posters to you. You can read more about the Red Box Project and how our partnership works here.
Public donation points
There are currently two public donation points in Bankside where you can bring a donation if your office does not have its own Red Box:
- Better Bankside Community Space, 18 Great Guildford Street, SE1 0FD
- The Bridge, 73-81 Southwark Bridge Road, SE1 0NQ
What we need:
- Sanitary towels in different sizes and absorbencies
- New underwear in a variety of sizes
- New black opaque tights
Get in touch
If you'd like to discuss the Red Box Project in more detail or would like to find out more about other ways your organisation can support this campaign, please contact rn [at] betterbankside.co.uk (subject: Red%20Box%20Project) (Rachel Nicholson), Corporate Responsibility Manager