Campaign #7 – Solace Women’s Aid, Bloody Equality & Framework Nottingham

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As you may have seen on our Facebook page over the last couple of weeks, we have now officially launched our seventh campaign! This Christmas we are back to our roadtripping ways and we’ll be collecting donations to benefit three organisations – Solace Women’s Aid in London and Bloody Equality & Framework HA in Nottingham!

If you’d like to know more about each one of these amazing charities and how you can help us in our quest to banish period poverty, you’re in the right place.

  • Solace Women’s Aid 

Solace Women’s Aid is a charity is based around King’s Cross in London and its aim is to help and empower women and children escaping situations of domestic and sexual abuse.

Their first refuges were opened in the 1970’s and since then, they have helped thousands of women across London. They provide everything from accommodation, counselling, advocacy support, rape services to assistance for young people and general advice for their service users.

Their aims for the future are to work on further housing and accommodation, developing their work on prevention and developing partnerships with other organisations, in order to coordinate responses to violence against women and girls.

Not only does Solace provide grass roots help in the community, it is also committed to furthering research on issues such as domestic violence and housing and endeavours to share this information with local and national policy makers.

If you would like to read more about the services Solace provides, you can find the website here.

  • Bloody Equality – Education Before Menstruation

Bloody Equality was founded by a group of ladies who want to keep girls in school. Even though this is England and it’s 2017, you may be surprised to discover that some girls from low income backgrounds are missing school every month because their families can’t afford to buy sanitary products. No girl should ever be held back because of her period, especially when it comes to education!

Bloody Equality supplies sanitary products to three schools in Nottingham and, while they are making a big difference in improving attendance, they are looking to expand their reach to more schools in the New Year.

You can read more about their work and donate here.

We are proud to be supporting Bloody Equality, especially in the midst of Amika George’s incredible Free Periods campaign. Make sure you sign this petition and, if you’re in London on Wednesday 20th December, come along to the protest in Westminster!

  • Framework Housing Association 

Last but not least, we will be supplying sanitary products to Framework Housing Association in Nottingham.

Framework not only provides housing to those who need it, but also works to tackle the root causes of homelessness by focusing on prevention. They support both men and women, helping over 11,000 people a year who are facing issues with drugs, alcohol and mental health.

Domestic violence is one of the major causes of homelessness in women and Framework recognise the problems that vulnerable women can face on the streets. The support of Framework is probably best summarised through one of their service users, Betty:

“I first experienced homelessness 13 years ago when I fled an extremely violent relationship. I had no way of supporting myself and had to keep moving between squats and terrible places to keep away from my ex-partner. I existed with no real home for several years, constantly in fear and resorted to alcohol and drugs as a coping mechanism. Without the help of Framework I don’t know where I’d be. I remember a Christmas where I was staying in an emergency night shelter that was set up because of the snow. This year I’m hoping that I can spend it in my own flat as I have the support I need and I’m ready to move on.”

You can read more about Framework here.

HOW TO HELP 

Our current campaign runs until the 20th of January 2018, after which we will be loading up our car and taking your donations across to London and Nottingham. We would be absolutely thrilled if you could donate to our cause!

You can find all the ways to donate listed here. People generally find it easiest to donate through Freda (all products are eco-friendly and organic) or our Amazon wish list, as this avoids postage fees! However, if you would like to donate in person or via post (with your own selection of products), please get in touch and we will do our best to arrange this.

If you aren’t able to donate this time, we would still love it if you could spread the word about our campaign to your family and friends! The more people hear about our work, the more donations we receive 🙂

Thanks for reading,

~ Sanya

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