We asked, you voted, and the results are now in for our brand new region social action project!
In Autumn 2021 we asked you, our members, to vote on our next region social action project, having worked on our comfort bag project for a number years. The votes are now in and you voted for not one, but two of the projects we'd proposed! They are:
Project One - Period products for homeless women
As homeless women* have limited or no access to period products, they are often forced to go without. This initiative believes that tampons and pads should be made available through homeless shelters, and we can help by donating period products to help those most in need.
*We recognise that not all people who have periods identify as women, and not all women have periods.
Project Two - Bras for Against Breast Cancer
This project takes unwanted or unloved bras to raise vital funds for pioneering breast cancer research, as well as giving them a new lease of life in developing countries, where bras remain too expensive to produce locally. This venture keeps many families in developing countries out of poverty, whilst also providing employment for people in the UK.
So how do you get involved?
We'd love for units all over the region to get involved in collecting bras and period products for our two chosen projects. Please note, period products must be in unopened, external packaging and in date in order to be accepted. You can either drop off your donations at one of our drop off points below, or you could host a drop off point at your local guide hut or other building. For period products, you just need a large box in which to collect them. Bra banks can be requested at https://www.againstbreastcancer.org.uk/recycling/bra-recycling/ - please follow their instructions carefully for collecting and returning bras.
We have drop off points all around the region, with more due to be added very soon. See the list below for your nearest drop-off point:
Girlguiding North West England - Region HQ, Guiding Road, Preston PR2 5PD
Girlguiding Cheshire Forest - The Lodge, Pettypool Activity Centre, Pool Lane, Sandiway, Northwich CW8 2DR
Girlguiding Cumbria South - Touring
Girlguiding Greater Manchester West - Bras - Dunelm Mill, St Mary's Way, Stockport SK1 2HU and Dunelm Mill, Green Street, Radcliffe M26 3ED. Period products - Touring (please take your donations to your next county event or training)
Girlguiding Lancashire Border - County HQ, 100 Shepherd Cross Street, Bolton BL1 3BY
Girlguiding Lancashire West - Poulton Guide Centre, Station Road, Poulton-le-Fylde and Thornton Methodist Church, Victoria Road East, Thornton-Cleveleys (bras only)
Girlguiding Merseyside - Rainhill Guide House, Corner of Stoney Lane/Old Lane, Rainhill L35 0LY
Girlguiding Sefton - Please contact the county commissioner for more information - email@example.com
Girlguiding Stockport - Touring (please contact the county commissioner for more information - firstname.lastname@example.org)
Girlguiding Wirral - Hadlow Fields Activity Centre, Neston CH64 2UN