20th - Period poverty
For some people, the church can be a bit like a Tardis: it’s much bigger on the inside than it appears to be from the outside. We know our particular church building, squeezed between York Road and Mount Hermon Road in Woking, is a bit like that. It’s almost invisible from the road but, for those who step inside, there is a whole community which comes together, worships together, supports each other and serves our wider community.
In this series for Advent we want to open some windows so everyone can see a bit more of who we are and what goes on in a church like ours.
Period Poverty is more than just a trendy instagrammable issue. For young women in Woking it's a very real issue. At best, local teachers are sharing their own sanitary products with girls in need, at worst these girls are missing school every month simply due to not being able to afford sanitary products. Enter The Red Box Project.
I didn't know about Period Poverty, I've always been lucky enough not to have to worry about sanitary supplies, but like every woman I've spoken to about the project I can see the need and I want to change things. I started as a Coordinator for the Woking area last year and through a lot of generosity, especially from people at St Mary of Bethany, the Woking Red Box Project now supports young women in three local schools.
The premise behind the Red Box Project is simple, local people donate sanitary products and pants, sometimes other items like deodorant or tights are also collected. These are used to fill a Red Box which is looked after by staff at the school and young women are directed to it whenever they need. They can take however much they need, to cover an emergency or a whole cycle. The boxes are then refilled as necessary.
If you want to help support the Woking Red Box project you can:
Leave your donations of sanitary towels, tampons and women's pants at the donation collection point at Woking or Knaphill library. There is also a collection point at Morrison’s supermarket in Woking
Purchase items from our Amazon wishlist http://amzn.eu/6trYjmq
Follow our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/wokingredboxproject
Host a “Tea and Tampons” coffee morning.
Thank you to everyone who has supported the Woking Red Box Project so far!