The Brick’s Red Box Project

 

THE BRICK LAUNCHES THE PERIOD POVERTY NETWORK

The Brick has joined forces with Wigan business Cloud Perspective to launch the first Period Poverty Network, working across Wigan and Leigh.

Taking place on Thursday June 27th, at the Brick Works on Hodson Street in Wigan, the Period Poverty Network launch event looks to bring together schools, community groups, charities and businesses to coordinate the initiative to bring Period Poverty to an end in Wigan and Leigh.

Wigan Data Consultancy Cloud Perspective first started working with The Brick in 2018 to tackle Period Poverty by giving seed funding to The Brick to help them to coordinate the Red Box Project (Red Boxes contain sanitary products, under wear, paper bags for disposal and information leaflets), for local schools and community centres.

Alice Coren, Reuse and Retail Manager for The Brick said: “The launch of the Period Poverty Network is a natural extension to the work we are doing with Cloud Perspective; providing sanitary products where we can for young people in the borough.

“Recent research revealed that 1/10 girls miss out on education due to their periods and at the Brick we strongly believe that no young person should miss out on education because of their periods, they’re a natural part of us and not something that should affect their education.

“Today there are a variety of projects underway to combat Period Poverty in the borough, and we want to bring all of these initiatives into a Period Poverty Network, to work together to ensure that everyone can have access to sanitary products, so that they can get on with their lives with dignity.”

Martyn Leman, Co-Director at Cloud Perspective, said: “When I became aware of the Period Poverty crisis, I was shocked that it existed and immediately wanted to help. Cloud Perspective were able to provide much needed funds to The Brick and the Redbox project to provide sanitary items, and now we want to go even further, to work together to bring Period Poverty to an end in our community, with the Period Poverty Network.”

The Period Poverty Network aims to break down the stigma and taboo against period poverty across Wigan and Leigh. Any school, community group, charity or business in Wigan and Leigh are invited to join the Period Poverty network.

The launch of the Period Poverty network is at 5.30pm on Thursday 27th June at The Brick Works on Hodson Street in Wigan. If you would like to come along, please contact Alice Coren at The Brick (alice@thebrick.org.uk), in the first instance