Street Cramps

by Street cramps in Newquay, Cornwall, England

Street Cramps
We did it
On 16th March 2017 we successfully raised £5,432 with 176 supporters in 28 days

Providing women on the streets with essential sanitary products in monthly boxes.

by Street cramps in Newquay, Cornwall, England

New stretch target


We're still funding! 


By working together we can now solve this problem for homeless women in Cornwall for the next 12 months.

That's 35 women, for 12 months, at £10 per person a month.

Our target enables us to achieve this. Every £10 pledge makes a difference and takes us nearer to our target.

Thank you so much! B



Who are we?

I'm currently at school in Truro and have noticed the increasing amount of female homeless people over the last couple months. After some research, I realised that these women don't have easy access to supplies for their most basic sanitary needs. Together with a group of friends we intend to do something about this. 

The idea:

In England women make up 26% of the homeless service clients. At first we aim to start local, targeting Newquay and other parts of Cornwall but we aim to branch out if this becomes successful. The need for free help is increasing with higher and higher numbers of women on the streets. Our boxes will be handed out from food banks and homeless shelters as this is our only reliable and consistent way of reaching out.

It is hard to estimate the numbers of women rough sleepers as many women who are on the streets make efforts to ‘remain invisible’ by choosing places to sleep which are hidden from view and disguising their homeless status in some way. This means it would be difficult for us to just hand them out. The homeless aren't the only ones who need help, people who are relying on food banks may not have money to spare on something that the government deemed a 'luxury item', so the boxes can help anyone who needs one.

Why is this important?

A woman in her lifetime uses on average 11,000 sanitary products, this amounts to £18,450 on tampons, pads and pain relief, how do you afford this if you're on the streets? The average period costs £492 annually, tampons costing an average of £7, this is a cost that women on the streets can't afford. Many women on the streets are choosing between food or tampons and food wins every time. By providing a woman with basic sanitary needs they are also given the dignity that they deserve.

The box:

Each box will provide a woman with:

> Pads/Tampons - These are basic items and essential for women on the streets, they are forced to use things that are demoralising and could potentially cause health issues

> Hand sanitiser - To keep themselves clean and to provide a sense of hygiene 

> Wipes > Deodorant - These both are for comfort and personal needs, helping them to feel less uncomfortable

> Heat pads - To deal with cramps. Pain relief can't just be handed out and when they don't have access to hot water for water bottles or anyother way of dealing with pain, these are air-activated pads that stick straight onto the body to help relieve the pain.

Your pledge:

£10 pounds can provide a woman with essentials for one month, £120 could provide a whole year. Whatever you pledge will be put towards providing the women with boxes. Whatever funding we get will will contine to use to create the packs.

"Such a thoughtful compassionate way to support the vulnerable women in our communities. Well done Bimini." Dr Tamsyn Anderson

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

One box for one homeless woman

£30 or more

£30 Reward

3 boxes for 3 homeless women

£45 or more

£45 Reward

5 boxes that you can have to put in a local community business to help the homeless in your community, place them in your cafes or shops so the women in your area are able to come and collect them.

£120 or more

£120 Reward

12 months worth of boxes for a woman

£240 or more

£240 Reward

12 months of boxes for 2 women

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