Chichester College signs up to help fight ‘period poverty’

September 10, 2018

A scheme designed to help young women struggling to afford sanitary products has arrived at Chichester College.

The college has become the first organisation locally to sign up to the Red Box Project, and will be home to donation and collection boxes, with anyone able to donate sanitary products while students will be able to discretely take what they need.

Shelagh Legrave OBE, Chief Executive at the Chichester College Group, and Andrew Green, Executive Principal at the Chichester College Group, have already shown their support by donating products.

Shelagh said: “This is a great example of how we are working with our local community to help tackle important social issues.

“The issue of period poverty is a serious one and it can have a major impact on many young women. This is a step towards addressing this issue and supporting any of our students who may be affected.”

Andrew added: “This is a fantastic project and we are pleased to be able to support it, by both hosting a donation box for people to donate to and having red boxes with products for our students to be able to access.

“If people would like to donate to the Red Box project, they can do so by simply popping into the main reception at the college.”

The Red Box Project aims to alleviate any anxiety, embarrassment and stress caused by a lack of sanitary protection. Any students requiring items will be able to access the red box discretely via the college’s welfare office and student union, where they can simply take what they need – no questions asked.

Part of a national campaign, Lynsey Hutcheson is spearheading Red Box Project in Chichester. She’s hoping the college will be the first of many organisations to get involved.

She said: “I am so pleased to be working with college. They were the first to sign up and I know that more will follow their lead.

“It just takes one person to make a donation to make a difference to a young woman’s life.

“The idea that young women may be able to access sanitary products is heart-breaking and I knew I had to get involved – I couldn’t just sit at home and do nothing.

“But it is also important to remember is that this appeal isn’t just about period poverty. It’s also for those who maybe don’t have access to products for whatever reason – it could be there isn’t someone at home who they feel they can talk to about products or event that they simply don’t have any with them that day.”