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Caerphilly Youth Service support the “Red Box Project”

Posted on : 16 May 2018

Caerphilly Youth Service support the “Red Box Project”

Blackwood Basement has joined forces with the ‘Red Box Project South East Wales’ to tackle ‘period poverty’ by offering support and free sanitary products to young women in the community.

This initiative aligns with Caerphilly County Borough Council’s commitment to end ‘period poverty’ following a recommendation by the Council’s Education for Life Scrutiny committee, to introduce free female hygiene support in school settings. This motion will be considered by the council’s Cabinet on 16th May.

The Red Box, filled with free sanitary towels, tampons, spare pants and paper bags for discretion, has been donated to the Basement by the ‘Red Box Project South East Wales’ and the products are available to all young women by just dropping in.  The project relies on donations and anyone wishing to contribute can do so at the Basement.

Cllr Philippa Marsden, Cabinet Member for Education and Achievement said “Recent research has shown that ‘period poverty’ is acting as a barrier and is impacting on school attendance rates for some girls.  The Welsh Government has provided a level of funding that will support those who need help the most but the Council is considering how we can extend this support. Initiatives such as the ‘Red Box Project’ are invaluable in ensuring that young women can easily access the products they need in a supportive environment.”
 
Blackwood Basement is situated underneath Blackwood Library. For more information visit or contact the Basement on 01495 235511 or email thebasement@caerphilly.gov.uk


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