Don’t forget that we will be collecting for our local charity partners at this month’s ‘Decoupage Tealight Holders Workshop‘ meeting on Wednesday 3rd October 2018.

Campaigns Manager – Committee Vacancy

Unfortunately Hannah Tomlinson has had to step down from her Campaign manager position on the committee due to other commitments. We would like to thank Hannah for her time on the committee and we’ll look forward to seeing her at our ongoing meetings.

This does mean that we’re on the look out for a new Campaign Manager. As a member of the committee you’ll be involved in all decisions regarding the ongoing management of the group with a particular focus on the WI campaigns both on a national and local level. If you feel passionate about making a difference and helping us to help our causes then please have a chat to any of the committee members or contact us here and we can tell you what’s involved. You can find out more about our campaigns on the dedicated campaigns section of our website.


The Red Box Project

This month we are delighted to welcome Louise Sissons from Red Box Project who is coming to give us a short talk on what they do and give us an update on how the project is working in our area.

The Red Box Project

The Red Box Project aims to quietly ensure that no young woman misses school or suffers embarrassment because she has her period.

It gives young women in need – whether for financial or social reasons – the reassurance of enough sanitary pads for their entire period plus a couple left over for next time. This is what makes it special.

It works by putting a red box filled with pads and pants into schools. Students take what’s needed, and then it gets topped up again, with donations from the community of women supporting the project.

This is a very simple, no frills project and is entirely funded by community kindness, woman to young woman.

How Can You Help

Donate pads and pants!

They specifically need sanitary pads of all absorbancies (but especially winged), night pads and tampons, plus black underwear for all sizes from age 9 upwards.

For information of other donation points, and for other ways that you can help, please visit the South East London Red Box Project Facebook Page.

Southwark Food Bank

Southwark Foodbank Logo

Southwark Foodbank is a store of non-perishable food donated by the local community. They partner with frontline professionals such as schools, GPs, social services and many more, who refer fellow Southwark residents to their service.

After the referral agency confirms their client’s need, they give them a voucher. This voucher is then exchanged for food by one of the Foodbank’s volunteers at the Foodbank. The amount of food they give depends on the size of the family in need, and the type of voucher they have been given.

The Foodbank pride themselves on creating a friendly, welcoming place that offers free advice and signposting to other relevant support services. Working with the community, they help their service users tackle long-term issues, as well as the immediate crisis that led them to the Foodbank.

The Foodbank regularly publishes a list of the items they are currently the most in need of. Currently these are:

Fruit Juice

Tinned Meat (pork and non-pork)

Toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, shower gel, men’s deodorant)

Rice Pudding

Milk (UHT cartons)

Washing Powder


Cooking Sauces

They advise that they currently have plenty of feminine hygiene products (but please do continue to donate these to Red Box) and baked beans!

For information of other donation points, and for other ways that you can help, please see the Southwark Foodbank Website.

For further details of our campaigns, please see the dedicated section of our website – click here

EDWI October 2018: Red Box Project Update, Campaigns Manager Vacancy and Collections Reminder

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