Work Safe and Well are proud to be supporting our local ‘We Shall Overcome’ event on Friday 12th October supporting the local foodbanks and the ‘Tricky Period’ charity tackling period poverty by enabling women and girls to access free sanitary products via the library network.

Food poverty is on the increase in the UK, and coupled with this is the increasing number of women and girls facing period poverty, who are unable to afford basic feminine hygiene products. This results in girls missing school, and potentially women missing work each month if they are too embarrassed to go out when they have inadequate sanitary protection.

As employers and colleagues there are many ways we can support those struggling financially to afford the basics, the first way is to notice if they are behaving differently or taking regular time off, this may be a sign that they are having difficulties in some aspect of their lives.

Another way is to be there and listen if they need to talk, you may be able to signpost them to help, or just be a listening ear when things are getting on top of them.

Supporting Local Foodbanks

The #WSO2018 events are happening across the UK this month, raising much needed donaitons for local foodbanks and  raising awareness of the vital work that these voluntary organisations do in our communiities. The first We Shall Overcome took place over a weekend October 2015, it then  ran for a full week in October 2016 and has since spread across the world.  So far WSO organisers and musicians have helped put together 750 gigs in 142 towns across 9 countries on 3 continents, raising an estimated £350,000 of cash, food, clothing and bedding for those hardest hit by austerity.

Why not volunteer in your area, or arrange collection points at your own workplace?

Tricky Period – Tackling Period Poverty

The Tricky Period initiative began in Norfolk libraries and is now being rolled out in Somerset , but there are also other charities such as the Red Box scheme that organises collection and donation points in schools to help raise awareness and takle #periodpoverty . This could be a great way to start the conversation about women’s health and other equality issues in your workplace, and is as simple as setting up a collection box and a link to your local school.

Tell us what you are up to

As always, we at worksafeandwell love to hear about the great things our clients and followers are doing, so if you are supporting these events in other ways then let’s shout about it, we love sharing your great work! Please get in touch and we will spread the good stuff so more people can try it.