Period Poverty Project in Central Bedfordshire
The Young Healthwatch Volunteers, at one of their first meetings in October, talked about many current issues that are affecting Young People and Health.
Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire supports The Red Box Project, which is a community-based initiative to support young people throughout their periods by providing red boxes filled with free period products to local schools, and has a donation point in the office at Capability House.
The volunteers were quite shocked at girls missing school due to not having the right products available to them, even in schools themselves.
They decided they wanted to pursue this project, to see how it affects girls in Central Bedfordshire and devised surveys, completed interviews and tackled their own schools as to why they have not signed up to Red Boxes.
The volunteers circulated a survey to find out, among other questions, how many young people have missed school, experienced discrimination and if they have access to free products – there has been close to 100 responses. The results will allow the Young Volunteers to analyse and make recommendations for the report.
Since this project started the Government has agreed to put free products in all secondary schools come September, however, they still need to do this in Primary schools and also be mindful how the product dispensary is managed to the girls.
The survey closes on Monday, 9th April, so girls, please have your say now: