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!
This year I have introduced pledge cards for sports clubs and societies whereby the groups come up with 3 or 4 pledges to improve wellbeing. Pledges include joining in with a campaign to hosting sober socials. To get the name of a ‘very good’ club, the teams need to hold 1 pledge event which is either holding a charity event or coming up with their own campaign. Again, it is to recognise how important increasing confidence, self-esteem and overall wellbeing within the student body is.
Did you know that in Northampton there are sexual health services providing support for students?. Staff from Sexual Health Outreach Team and Boots graduate programme provide information on:
Their aim of this is also to raise awareness of the stigma that is there with sexual health. There are a variety of clinics and our campus doctors surgery to treat patients when necessary.