What is the GAPP Initiative?



In the UK, over the past few years there has been a growing awareness that 'Period Poverty' is an alarming reality for many women. Not only do the homeless and refugees struggle with this issue, but so can young mums and school girls from low income households. Access to safe sanitary products should be a basic human right. Increasingly, howeer, since the economic crisis and austerity measures more and more women are finding this 'human right' not being being met and may be in need of additional support. 

The GAPP Initiative (Giving Against Period Poverty) is a fairly new initiative which all started as a God inspired and home grown project at St Thomas and St Lawrence Churches in Ellesmere Port. Although we had no major goals initially we simply just wanted to help tackle Period Poverty and to build awareness of the reality of Period Poverty in our local community; particularly for young women and school girls. Then to achieve this by gaining support through regular donations enabling us to provide free sanitary products for those who really need this sort of help in our community. 

Since starting in early 2018 the GAPP Initiative has seen many blessings and developments in both donations and distribution as interest and awareness continues to grow; together with the growing number of Donation Collection/Distribution Point Centres (for sanitary products) in locations across Ellesmere Port. We have been particularly blessed by Morrisons Supermarket in Ellesmere Port, who are allowing us to use one of their trolleys for customer donations. All the donations we receive are really helping to make a huge impact on the number of women and girls the GAPP Initiative can support in our local community.

Although our primary aim was (and still is) to support young mums and high school girls who may be struggling with Period Poverty. We initially started with supplying donated sanitary products for distribution through The Community Hub (EPNAVCO) whose aim was to support a variety of needs including the Women's Refuge, the homeless and refugees. Sadly The Community Hub has now closed, however we will endeavour to provide support where we can to help bridge this gap in the coming year. 

By the end of February this year (2019), our prayers were finally answered and we saw the achievement of one of our initial goals, to facilitate the distribution of free sanitary products through all three local High Schools. Our aim is to support local school girls who may need this kind of support and to help reduce the potential impact it may have on their education.We started facilitating distribution to the first two High Schools towards the end of 2018. We hope also, to soon be able to support another school in the Ellesmere Port area soon, at the Archers Brook School. 

Another of our initial goals was to support young mums in our local community. Since last year we have been facilitating distribution through a variety of avenues including through local Children's Centres and 121 Midwives Centre.


Period poverty has caused more than quarter of women to miss work or school, poll finds


The Independent 19 February 2019 Maya Oppenheim



It is our continuing aim to support local women and school girls across our community. So far this year we have been very blessed with donations and have also been able make a provision available to the local Women Refuge and more recently through local Doctors Surgeries. So with God’s guidance and strength we hope to be able to maintain (and possibly grow) our current provision over the coming year, enabling us to help all who may need this kind of help.

For list of current Distribution Points and Donation Collection Points click here

To contact our GAPP Co-Ordinator click here

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