Throughout September and October Alice Byrne, Hub Manager and Youth Worker at The Green Hub in Dines Green along with Dines Green girls youth were extremely busy making Red Boxes to support the Red Box Campaign to provide free sanitary products. The Boxes were made by the girls at the Building Block (our construction skills centre in Warndon) then hand decorated during evening youth sessions.
The project was launched on Saturday 27th October at Sixways the home Worcester Valkyries, an English Premiership Rugby team after their game v Bristol Bears Women.
Councillor Richard Udall, who was also involved in the project said, ” We collected six bin liners of sanitary products from players, officials and spectators at Sixways. The success of the day was really far beyond our expectations. The generosity of people was really inspirational. The products will go to the six Community Centres run by Worcester Community Trust and will be used by girls and women who need them”.
He added, “Period poverty is real, it effects so many people, stigma is also a concern as people do not like to ask for help. The red boxes will be available so those in need can just help themselves.”
“We are determined to end period poverty in Worcester. We believe free sanitary products should also be available in local schools. We know girls are missing every month from education because they can’t afford to buy the products, this has to end.”
Roy Davies of Worcester Warriors said, “This is a cause that a lot of our players are passionate about and it was a privilege to be asked to support this appeal. We are aware of how many exceptional women Worcestershire produces, so if we can help remove some of the barriers to them achieving their goals then that will be fantastic”.
The boxes will be put into our Community Centres at: Tolly, Ronkswood, Warndon, Dines Green, KGV and Horizon.