Always & Tampax set to educate teenagers about healthy relationships
Brand new education programme for 13-14-year-olds comes with hundreds of thousands of free pads and tampons
Always & Tampax have launched new Healthy Relationships resources for 13-14-year-olds and aim to distribute over 300,000 free tampons as part of the ‘About You’ education programme for secondary schools.
Free downloadable resource packs, videos and interactive activities will help teachers explore with students what it means to have healthy relationships with themselves and others, focusing on how to maintain confidence and self-esteem throughout the emotional and physical challenges of adolescence.
Developed in collaboration with teachers, female students and SAPHNA (School and Public Health Nurses Association), the curriculum-linked resources help tackle tricky topics such as self-esteem, body image, rights and responsibilities around consent, and periods.
“By having the programme and the samples, it gave me the confidence to demonstrate how the samples worked and to be able to talk freely about a 'taboo' subject that can be difficult for girls to speak about. As the sessions went on, the girls became much more confident to ask different questions. Very pleased that I signed up for this!”
– Rhian Spence, Heysham High
Following a pilot programme in June this year, 97% of educators said they would recommend the Healthy Relationships resources to a colleague.
Hundreds of schools have already registered their interest in the new resources, which complement the existing puberty education resources for 11-12-year-olds, and requested their free products and leaflets for parents and girls. Secondary schools in the UK and ROI can access free sample packs of pads for 11-12-year-olds and now tampons for 13-14-year-olds by registering their details on the National Schools Partnership website: https://nationalschoolspartnership.com/initiatives/about-you-and-endperiodpoverty/
Plus, Always release more free pads to help end period poverty
Always have also announced they will be donating more free pads to schools this term as part of their #EndPeriodPoverty initiative, to help keep girls in school that can’t afford sanitary protection. The initiative, launched in March 2018, was inspired by their research which revealed over half of women who have experienced period poverty believe it has had a direct effect on their success, confidence and happiness.
If you are a teacher at a UK state secondary school with at least 1% of girls eligible for free school meals, you will be entitled to receive free Always pads to help keep your girls most in need in school (in addition to any you receive for your 11-12-year-olds as part of the About You programme.
State secondary schools could be eligible for over 3,500 free pads for girls most in need
You can register for free pads as part of the #EndPeriodPoverty initiative at the same time as registering for the About You education programme and free products on the National Schools Partnership website, simply tick the box when you’re asked on the form.