The Birth of Period Power
Linda Allbutt, Activist and Founder of Period Power
Some time ago I was tagged into a Facebook post by my friend Councillor Ruth Rosenau, asking for donations of sanitary products. I was ashamed that I had never even considered that this was a problem for so many women. It was then that I decided to do what little I could. So I began asking for help and donations from local Unions.
Both Unite Community Stoke and a local C.W.U branch contributed.
I soon realised there was a much greater need than I had initially expected and I needed to raise considerably more funds, so I decided to start a Just Giving page. I had a target of £1000 and this was more than doubled with the generosity of many good people. This was the birth of Period Power.
We are now an organised group of women with a Constitution and, hopefully soon, a bank account. We have supplied many groups and charities with the products which they very rarely get donated. To date we have contacted and supplied almost all the Trussel Trust Foodbanks in Staffordshire, together with women’s refuges and homes for vulnerable women. Also, we are supplying charities who give help to asylum seekers and refugees.
We obviously need to keep the momentum going throughout 2018. We are hoping to set up a Standing Order campaign so that people can donate a “Monthly Gift” so that we can continue to help the amazing groups who help the most vulnerable in our society.
If you are interested and feel able to help in any way, please keep checking our Facebook page: Period Power
On the Facebook page, you’ll be able to see how many people we have supported, to date, and if you are able to help with a “Monthly Gift”,
please do. Every single pound collected will go towards helping the most vulnerable women in our society.
I hope that sometime very soon we will not be needed in any way but until then we will continue with our campaign of not only raising funds but also raising awareness of this disgraceful reflection of the society in which we all live.
Many thanks to the amazing women in our group:Ruth Rosenau, Sue Moffat, Allison Gardner and Verity Venter