The teens started off by creating a series of Tiktok’s explaining period poverty and how it can be tackled, since posting the video a week ago, it has gained over 150,000 views and they have gained over 1000 followers on their @BrightonPeriodProject account.
“We decided to use Tiktok to promote the message of period poverty and ask for donations, and the response has been incredible. This is all new to a lot of us and it’s great to see that we are making a difference and there have been great conversations and debates in the comments section which shows that people are opening their minds to the situation.” Lola, NCS Brighton Teen.
The team aren’t just posting Tiktok videos, they have also been campaigning in their local park, making signage to carry around with them as well as placing posters around town and in shops to gain donations to their go fund me page. The teens already have 4 boxes of donations to be given to a local charity called “Off the Fence”.
So far the group have raised over £450 for the cause and they don’t intend to stop there.
“I think there’s a few of us who are quite keen to continue the work and make sure everyone keeps on learning about period poverty and doesn’t stop trying to help out.” - Lola
“I’m really impressed and heart warmed to see a group of 16 year olds come together and be so passionate about something, they have worked together so well as a team considering that they didn’t know each other before NCS. It’s something I can see them continuing together, they already have a new website in the pipeline. A lot of them want to make their community a better place for their future.” India – NCS Team Leader.
The group have overcome some challenges along the way, with many shops refusing to let them advertise or campaign outside their premises, but this didn’t stop the teens, the group have been in Pavilion gardens creating signs and have managed to secure a partnership with local supermarket Hisbe, where they have left donation boxes and QR code posters to collect donations.
“I think the whole experience has been great, I feel like we have made a big difference raising awareness and it’s been an enriching experience for me and I know the rest of the group would say the same.” Alfie – NCS Brighton Teen.
You can watch the teams videos and find more information about their cause on Tiktok, Instagram and Facebook by searching for @BrightonPeriodProject.