Red Box Project

The Isle of Wight branch of the Red Box Project was set up by Katharine Spencer-Brown in October 2018.

Part of a non-political, community-led, national initiative, the Red Box Project aims to bring an end of period poverty in schools.

Red Boxes are filled with sanitary items and knickers in discreet bags for young women who are forced to miss school because they can’t afford sanitary items.

Below are some of the articles relating to the Red Box Project.

Isle of Wight Red Box Project formally comes to an end today

Cheque being handed over by Katharine

Spearheaded by Katharine Spencer-Brown, the IW branch of Red Box Project has been a huge success on the Island, ensuring that young girls don't need to miss school anymore due to period poverty.

Friday, 19th July, 2019 9:18am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Government announce free menstrual products for all schools from 2020

first red box - St Thomas Canterbury Primary

The Government plan to launch a new scheme by early 2020 to provide menstrual products in all schools, from primary to colleges.

Tuesday, 16th April, 2019 5:31pm

By Katharine Spencer-Brown

Isle of Wight Red Box Project does more than support high school pupils: Here’s how

first red box - St Thomas Canterbury Primary

Although the Chancellor is expected to pledge funds to provide free menstrual products in all secondary schools in England, starting in September 2019, Red Box Isle of Wight urge readers not to forget their project which goes beyond just secondary schools.

Tuesday, 12th March, 2019 1:36pm

By Katharine Spencer-Brown

Isle of Wight council end year by pledging support for Red Box Project

From left, Councillor Michael Lilley, Katharine Spencer-Brown and Councillor Paul Brading.

Cllr Brading says he's grateful to Katharine Spencer-Brown for starting the Red Box Project on the Isle of Wight and adds that the Isle of Wight council is pleased to work with her.

Monday, 24th December, 2018 8:42am

By IW Council Press Office

The Red Box Project has boosted one school’s attendance by a third

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Proof that ending period poverty can help improve attendance at school has been realised at a school in Portsmouth where it has increased by almost a third since the Red Box Project was introduced.

Wednesday, 28th November, 2018 10:57am

By Sally Perry

Councillors accused by Cabinet member of trying to make ‘political gains’ out of period poverty debate

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The cabinet member for education and children's services said “I do not like it when councillors try to make political gains out of our children. The debate went off on a tangent, and it went on for far too long."

Monday, 26th November, 2018 3:20pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

Red Box Project share disappointment at lack of support from Isle of Wight council (updated)

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The Red Box Project have shared their disappointment that 21 Isle of Wight councillors chose not to support Cllr Lilley's motion without it removing the name of the project. Here's their response.

Saturday, 24th November, 2018 10:32am

By Katharine Spencer-Brown with 10 readers' comments

Live reporting: Isle of Wight council debate parking petition, changes to council tax support, Red Box Project and more

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Find out what your councillor has to say about the issues being debated at the November Isle of Wight full council meeting.

Wednesday, 21st November, 2018 5:50pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Call for Isle of Wight council to support period poverty campaign

michael lilley

Cllr Michael Lilley will ask the Isle of Wight council to support the Red Box Project, which raises awareness and provides free sanitary products in schools across the Island.

Monday, 19th November, 2018 12:14pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Red Box Project comes to the Isle of Wight: Ending period poverty for young women

first red box - St Thomas Canterbury Primary

The Islander spearheading the Red Box Project on the Isle of Wight says she wants every young woman who needs it, to be supported and not have to miss vital learning at school due to lack of sanitary protection.

Tuesday, 9th October, 2018 4:06pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments