Changing Lives have been awarded funding raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery to help tackle period poverty in Nottingham. Period poverty is a growing concern across the UK, with one in ten teenage girls unable to afford sanitary products. This leads many girls to miss school, having a direct impact on their education, future prospects and wellbeing.

This funding will enable Changing Lives to provide free support to secondary schools across Nottingham, funding a dedicated member of staff to hold drop-ins, provide free sanitary items for girls and raise awareness around period poverty.

Through providing a free base of sanitary products, we will help to remove the barriers many vulnerable girls face to their education and reduce the number of schools days that are lost.

This project aims to increase the confidence of young girls, through encouraging open conversation around period poverty, educating students and reducing stigma through roadshows, drop-in sessions, as well as providing support on wider issues they may be facing and signposting to further services.

Zoe Taylor, Project Manager for Changing Lives’ East Midlands Services, said:

“It is a sad fact that one in 10 teenage girls are unable to afford sanitary products, and that this is likely to be much higher in Nottingham where one in four children live below the poverty line, and where girls are missing school because of period poverty.

This funding from People’s Postcode Trust, a grant giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, will enable us to reach out to secondary schools and hold drop-ins where girls can receive free sanitary products until they become freely available in all schools. Together we can remove barriers to learning, break the cycle of poverty and support girls to reach their potential.”

At Changing Lives, we believe everyone deserves the chance to live a happy, fulfilled life. This project is one of the ways we hope to improve each person’s quality of life – by ensuring that young women and girls experiencing poverty are given a fair chance to complete their education.

The project will start September 2019 and run for the duration of the academic year. Our aim is to make a lasting impact on the lives of vulnerable young girls in Nottingham; helping to break the cycle of poverty and supporting them to reach their full potential.

People’s Postcode Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. For more information visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk

If you’d like to find out more about this project contact central.office@changing-lives.org.uk 

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