Project GIVE, which provides education about period poverty to young people and free sanitary products to schools, clubs and communities across the region, has appointed our very own CEO, Kevin Rogers, as an ambassador – a role which will see him further support and promote the charity’s work. How exciting!
Following our donation to the charity of unused office space here at Paycare House in Wolverhampton, Kevin has pledged to further support the organisation after learning of the continued stigma surrounding periods and the fact that many young women from low income backgrounds cannot afford basic products.
Project GIVE was co-founded by Lucy Palin and is run by herself, Kelly Walker-Reed and a group of volunteers, operating from within our offices and working with local schools, colleges, clubs and groups across the region to provide free sanitary products for anyone in need, whether that be for a single day, or to see them through the month.
Lucy said: “For far too long, young girls have been missing school because of their period, whether that’s because of not being able to afford sufficient menstrual care, not feeling confident to discuss their bodies with an adult, or being worried about leaking in public areas. There’s a huge stigma associated with periods and given how well received we’ve been within our local communities, period poverty is still a huge issue.
“Not only has Paycare provided us with rent-free space from which we can operate from, but Kevin coming on board as an ambassador will help to increase our share of voice across the region and further afield. We want to extend a huge thanks to him and the lovely Paycare team who have been integral to us doing all the work we’ve been able to over the last couple of years, and for their commitment to supporting our cause in the future.”
Our CEO, Kevin commented: “I’m a huge advocate of the work Lucy, Kelly and the Project GIVE team does within our local communities. People are often shocked that this is an issue in this day and age, but thanks to the hard work of this initiative, we’ve seen many young women in our region supported, awareness very much being raised, and even change on a national level, with the importance of making free products available now firmly on the agenda of education leaders.”
Alongside this, Project GIVE provides schools and wider organisations with training and awareness workshops to support and complement existing sexual and reproductive health education.
From all of us at Paycare – it’s fantastic to be given the opportunity to support Project GIVE even more, and once again, well done guys – you’re doing amazing! 💚