The Labour group at Suffolk County Council have launched a campaign to end period poverty in Suffolk schools.

Next week, we will call on Suffolk County Council to commit just £15,000 to provide feminine hygiene products in maintained schools, special schools and pupil referral units for those that cannot afford them to ensure that girls can go to school without the stress and anxiety that having a period can cause.

We believe that this is a small but important step that could make a huge difference to hundreds of young women in education but we need your help to make sure that this motion is successful on Thursday 18th October.

Here is how you can help:

Social Media

You can help show your support by sharing the campaign on social media.
A supportive message along the lines of the following would also be brilliant:
‘I’m supporting @suffolklabour’s campaign to #EndPeriodPoverty because…’

Write to your local county councillor

We are also encouraging people to write to their local county councillor in support of the Period Poverty motion.

The easiest way to do it is go to www.writetothem.com; enter your postcode; find your county councillor (there may be two so write to both); click on the name and copy and paste the following (making sure you substitute ‘resident name’ for your own name):

“My name is [resident name] and I am a resident in your division.

I am writing to you today to ask you to support the Period Poverty motion that will come before you at the next council meeting on Thursday 18th October.

Period Poverty is an issue that affects an estimated 1 in 10 girls with tampons, sanitary towels and other products becoming increasingly unaffordable.

Instead, girls and young women are having to use newspapers, towels and other inappropriate substitutes rather than suitable sanitary products. This is acting as a major barrier to education with many pupils missing school every month.

The motion asks that Suffolk County Council commits £15,000 – the equivalent of just £200 from your locality budget – to provide free tampons and towels in all maintained schools, including special schools and PRU’s in the county.

For a very small amount of money, you could ensure that no girl or young woman has to miss school because of a period.

I hope you will support this important motion and look forward to hearing from you.”

We would love to hear any other ideas you might have so please do get in touch and feel free to share this with anyone who might be interested.