College combats period poverty with red box donation

Suzanne Raphael, Project Coordinator with The Red Box Project, recently visited the College to donate sanitary products to help end period poverty in education settings in the South Devon Area.

The project, started in March 2017, seeks to provide sanitary wear in schools for young women so that they do not miss school or suffer embarrassment as a result of having their period. They provide, whether it is for financial or social reasons, enough sanitary protection to cover a student’s entire period, plus spares for the future. The boxes also contain new underwear, wipes and disposal bags and have been provided for both the College and its Sixth Form provision.

L-R Joy Preece, Suzanne Raphael from The Red Box Project and Louise Ransom
L-R Joy Preece, Suzanne Raphael from The Red Box Project and Louise Ransom
To raise awareness for the project and the access to supplies, posters have been strategically placed across the site to inform students of the service.

The College’s First Aid and Welfare Officer, Joy Preece, said of the donation: “As a College, we are committed to giving our students the best support we can, from guidance through their education, their physical and mental health, as well as their overall welfare. We are extremely grateful to have received supplies from the Red Box Project; we want the young women in our College community to know that they do not need to worry about having their period either during term time or the holidays, that they are safe and comfortable and that we have the supplies they need to concentrate on the job of learning and maximising their potential and outcomes in the classroom.”

Red Box Project Period Poverty Newton Abbot College Ofsted Good Secondary School 1