The Red Box Project is a charity which was founded in 2017 with the aim to give young people free sanitary products due to young people missing days off school because they couldn’t afford the products they needed during their period. The charity contacted secondary schools in their local area and funded boxes of menstrual products because teachers said it was ‘much needed’. After recognising that these boxes were essential in schools up and down the county.
The Students’ Union have 2 boxes and products to restock when needed. Evidence shows that the average cost of a period on the UK is over £500 a year and on average £40 a month however with the boxes here, it should relieve financial pressure and stress for students.
The products will be in the Engine Shed and in the Student Village and there is more stock available when products are running low.
At the Students’ Union, safety is paramount. Giving consent should be clear and both parties need to be involved to make the decision. To raise awareness of what can be an extremely distressing topic, the Students’ Union are joining members of the University staff team to educate students about consent.
Every year, hundreds of people experience spiking, this is when alcohol or drugs is added to someone’s drink without their permission or without them knowing. Symptoms people will experience if they have been spiked are lowered concentration, loss of balance, memory loss, paranoia, nausea and vomiting and unconsciousness. Look out for some of the Sabbatical team, Police team and Security at one of the events during welcome and induction week, making sure students don’t leave their drinks unattended!
Each week, the Students' Union is putting on activities to improve student and staff wellbeing at University. Please see the timetable for October below:
Yoga, Engine Shed, 7:45-8:45am and chair yoga 1-2pm (Tuesday 1st October)
Arts and Crafts, Engine Shed, 10am-4pm (Tuesday 8th October)
Pamper treatments, Engine Shed, 11am-2pm (Tuesday 15th October)
Petting zoo, Engine Shed, 11am-2pm (Tuesday 22nd October)
Mindfulness, Engine Shed, 12-2pm (Tuesday 29th October)