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How you can help to support the GAPP Initiative!
Thank you for visiting our web pages we are so pleased you want to help support the GAPP Initiative and our local community.
Help us to keep momentum going making it possible for us to help those in our local community who most need this kind of support.
All donations of sanitary products are used to support those in our local community who may not be able to afford such items.
Access to safe sanitary products should be a basic human right! Being without these products is unthinkable!
So with your help we might make life a little easier for others!
Thank you for supporting local women and girls through the GAPP Initiative.
Ways you can support the GAPP Initiative:
Support us with your prayers
Dropping off sanitary products at one of our Donation collection points.
For an up to date list of what we are collecting please see our updates page
If you are a business or an organisation and would like to operate as a Donation Collection/Distribution Point Centre please contact us.
Sending a monetary Donation to Ellemere Port Parish with the Reference GAPPI (Sort code: 20-51-08 Account Number: 80392448)
Consider joining 40 Acts of Lent - an annual on-line series of 40 reflections and actions during Lent to prayerfully consider and to put into action during Lent. On Act 3 this year, which was on the 8th March, it was International Women’s Day, and the focus was on Period Poverty. For more information click here
Consider contacting your local MP see more information on this below
Every donation made makes a huge differnece to the number of women and school girls we can support. So thank you for helping to make this possible and for your continuing support through the GAPP Initiative, on behalf of those in our community who might need this sort of help THANK YOU!!!
Important news about writing to our local MP and the Goverment pledge to make provision
Towards the end of last year we put together a template letter to encourage folk to join the campaign against period poverty. By asking them to use our template letter to send to their local MP. (Thank you to everyone who participated in this).
The letter asked our local MP, to support period poverty both at a nation and at a local level, particularly for the GAPP Initiative. The letter also highlights surrounding period poverty and the impact its having for some of the poorer communities across the UK. The letter also asks for support of others who have already been lobbying the Goverment to make free sanitary products available to School Girls on Free School Meals Scheme.
Eariler this year Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced in the Goverment Spring Statement, that they were planning to make a provision available to high school and colleges later this year.
However, the many groups, charities, organisations and those promoting petitions who are trying to tackle period poverty and to help make a difference to those who need this kind of support; further challanged the Goverment to get them to include primary schools in this pledge to provide free sanitary products to all school girls. Particularly this petition (seen below) which was started by Anika George, only a teenager herself, who has helped to influence the Goverment Policy through her Free Periods Campaign.
Just before the Easter weekend this year the Goverment made a further announcement indicating that they would now make this provision available to ALL SCHOOLS!
Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi confirmed that the full scheme will be rolled out nationally from early 2020 and that period products in all schools will be fully funded by the Department of Education
This sounds like wonderful news for all school girls and we hope it is. However, some have concerns about this provision being made through the Department of Education. This could particularly be an issue in some areas where schools are already struggling with limited budgets and limited resources. These issues and others around this proposed provision still haven't been made clear or whether there will be additional money (budget)_ made available to the Department of Education for this provision for school girls.
Tha GAPP Initiative plan to continue to support local school girls until the Goverment provision is firmly in place next year. So we will keep you posted on this, please look for updates again on this later in the year.
We intend however to continue supporting young mums and anyone who may need this kind of support in our local communnity. So please continue to support local Women and girls through the GAPP Initative. You can still make donations (or recieve support if you need it) through a number of Distribution centres / donation centers in locations across Ellesmere Port. So we would greatefully value your continued support.
For now we will continue to make this template letter available until at least the provision has made our local schools.
Download and read the template letter, inserting your name and address and MP's name within the 'fields' in the letter. Which you can then save and send via email to your local MP or alternatively you can send in by post. The MP for Ellesmere Port is Justin Madders (email@example.com)
Why should I write to my local MP? (see supporting letter for information)
For further information please see our Updates page.
Every donation made makes a huge difference to number of women and school girls we can support. So thank you for helping to make this possible and for your continuing support through the GAPP Initiative, on behalf of those in our community who might need this sort of help THANK YOU!
Contact out GAPP Co-Ordinator here