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Tackling Period Poverty

Our Accord Multi Academy Trust has joined forces with The Red Box Project during the week of International Women's Day, to help to tackle period poverty. 

Accord’s schools; Horbury Academy, Ossett Academy and Accord Sixth, Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy have each received their red box, full of sanitary products which are readily available to students as required. 

A recent study conducted by Plan International UK among 14-21 year old girls and young women found that one in ten have been unable to afford sanitary protection, 49% have missed an entire day of school because of their period and almost one third (32%) have missed more than one day of school because of their period.

Ossett Academy's Principal, Mrs Broome, spoke on behalf of the Accord Multi Academy Trust; “We collectively and strongly believe that period poverty is not acceptable in Britain today. It is our view that access to sanitary products for our students is a right and an investment in their future, and therefore our futures.”

The Red Box Project’s Louise Brown added “Whether it's period poverty, not being able to ask at home, or just being caught short, we want to have students’ backs and let them keep their dignity which is why we are thrilled to be working with local schools.”

People wishing to donate to The Red Box Project Wakefield South can do so at the following donation points:

  • Spring cafe, Barnsley Road, Sandal
  • ASDA, Asdale Road, Wakefield
  • Gate 11 (floor b ) Pinderfields Hospital
  • West Wakefield Methodist Church (first Saturday of the month for the public)
  • Slimming World groups at Alverthorpe WMC
  • English Martyrs Catholic Church, Dewsbury Road
  • Horbury Library

For more information visit www.redboxproject.org