Tackling Period Poverty!
People’s Postcode Trust recently awarded No More Taboo, a not for profit social enterprise, with £1,938 to support the delivery of their project ‘Tackling Period Poverty’.
The project was piloted in Bristol with homeless and low income women who are unable to afford clean and safe methods of menstrual management. The ultimate aim of the project is to enable every women experiencing poverty to have resources and confidence to have a happy period, and ensure having periods doesn’t negatively affect their lives.
Thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, funding allowed No More Taboo to conduct an independent needs assessment with a group of women who use foodbank services, shelters and day centres. The research shows that asking for sanitary products from certain organisations was embarrassing and unaffordable.
The educational workshops delivered by No More Taboo allowed women living in poverty to increase their knowledge and confidence about menstruation. Workshop attendees were provided with reusable sanitary products and support in using them during the 8 week programme and beyond. The funding will also support a training programme for other organisations, encouraging them to adopt an understanding and open approach to discussions about menstruation and sanitary products.
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said:
“I’m delighted that our players are supporting this necessary project. No More Taboo is a forward-thinking organisation which is providing a much needed service, and the educational and training elements are also incredibly important.”
Check out the fantastic work No More Taboo is doing here: www.nomoretaboo.org.