16th May, 2022

Pitch perfect Coventry girls awarded £400 from UK Youth to help end period poverty

Tristan Harris 16th Jan, 2021 Updated: 16th Jan, 2021

YOUNG PEOPLE in Coventry have secured funding to help girls and young women in the city and prevent period poverty.

The Coventry Girls and Boys Club’s L@TN (Look at Them Now) group were awarded £400 from the UK Youth organisation’s EMPOWHER campaign after winning a Dragon’s Den style competition.

From the clubhouse on Whitefrairs Street, L@TN and CBGC youth work team members formulated a clear and concise pitch explaining the importance of ending period poverty.

Whilst many think people being unable to afford sanitary products or use them due to a lack of education only occurs in Third World countries, the truth is the issue is prevalent in the UK too. Research by Plan International UK shows one in ten girls cannot afford the menstrual products they need.

Roze Nevab, from Coventry Boys and Girls Club, supported the girls through the online pitch made to a collection of grown adults.

She said: “It was exciting to see our young members tackling a daunting industry and developing their business skills, whilst contributing to the good of the area.”

The cash will go towards the group’s efforts to educate and supply women in need.

L@TN will deliver sanitary products where needed in the Coventry area and they will put together care packages as part of the inspiring scheme.

CBGC added it was extremely proud of its young members and the positive changes they continued to enforce in the community.

Anyone interested in making a donation to CBGC or taking up one of the sponsorship packages should visit cbgc.org.uk and go to ukyouth.org for more on UK Youth, a charity aimed at ensuring all young people are equipped to thrive.

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