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West Berkshire organisation All Yours helping to tackle menstrual health problems with educational workshops



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An initiative set up by a Hampstead Norreys mother and daughter to tackle period poverty has reached another “heartbreaking” milestone.

All Yours – started by Caroline Herman and her daughter Cara at Christmas 2020 – has now distributed 6,000 boxes of period products to those in need across the area.

And it is now turning its attention to educating young girls about menstrual health.

As well as creating boxes of period products for those in need All Yours is now focussing on educating girls about menstrual health
As well as creating boxes of period products for those in need All Yours is now focussing on educating girls about menstrual health

“We are still doing period product boxes and that’s really important, but we have now started doing workshops for schools,” Mrs Herman said. “We’re pushing the education side more because I think that’s where we can make a difference and I’m excited that we have found a new direction.”

She was asked to deliver workshops to schools in Wales by one of the suppliers of period pants and, after seeing the difference it has made, Mrs Herman is now keen to work with groups locally.

“We have taught the girls and trained the teachers,” she added. “We take it right back to basics; things like being active in a night-time pad isn’t going to work.

“We encourage them to see beyond the ‘yuck factor’ with reusable products.

“They all starting thinking it was really embarrassing but by the end they are all chatting and sharing stories.”

All Yours is now fundraising on Greenham Trust’s the Good Exchange in a bid to help fund the products which will be distributed to women and girls during the workshops.

You can donate to the Good Exchange fundraiser here - https://bit.ly/allyoursworkshops

Mrs Herman said that All Yours has also been supporting both the Afghan refugees and now the Ukrainian women that have been arriving in West Berkshire in the best way they can; tailoring boxes depending on facilities available to the individual women.

The organisation has been working with West Berkshire Action for Refugees to help offer ‘pop up shops’ and educate women on what is available and how to buy it in the UK.

All Yours in due to run a session on reusable products at the Educafe on Wednesday, June 8 at 11.30am in Newbury Library.



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