Help tackle period poverty by providing young people in schools across Oxford with free menstrual products!
In 2017, 137,000 young people in the UK missed school because they were unable to afford period products, on average missing five days each. 1 in 10 young people are unable to afford period products, and 1 in 7 have struggled to afford them.
The Red Box Project
The Red Box Project is a community-based, nationwide initiative, which aims to support young people throughout their periods by providing red boxes filled with free period products to local schools.
It was founded in March 2017 by three friends who wanted to give young people in their local area access to period products. They contacted several secondary schools in Portsmouth to ask if a constantly stocked box of period products would be welcomed. The feedback from teachers was that the issue was real and the resource was needed. Recognising that the need was nationwide, they invited individuals from across the country to be a part of this movement and the response was overwhelming. People began to group together, set up Red Boxes filled with tampons, pads, tights and underwear which were then delivered to local schools. They fundraised, collected, had craft sales and donations drives, all to make sure their boxes never became empty
Oxford Hub is supporting The Red Box Project to set up boxes in schools across Oxford. We want to make sure that every young person has access to the period products that they need, free of charge!
We need your help to set up these boxes in schools across Oxford city and keep them stocked! We’re looking for volunteers who want to help coordinate these boxes, organise donation points, and run fundraising events and donation drives!
This map shows our donation points (pins) and sites where we provide period products (Red Box logos)!
How to Get Involved
There are lots of different ways to be involved with this project!
We're also looking for volunteers to help out with one off events, provide fundraising support, share things on social media and help out at packing parties to sort donations!
Applications to volunteer are currently closed.
Who can get involved?
This project is open to all who want to volunteer on it! So whether you are an Oxford University student, an Oxford Brookes student or a local resident you can apply to volunteer.
Oxford Hub is committed to making our activities inclusive to everyone. We can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, training sessions, volunteering projects and other activities, and can reimburse expenses such as bus tickets. We also provide ongoing support for the students we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, including special educational needs, please do get in touch at email@example.com and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.