Oxford Dignity Drive

13th February 2017

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Wadham students are running a series of events to support Oxford Dignity Drive, providing sanitary products to Oxford’s homeless and vulnerably housed.

  • Laura Chapman and Isobel Cockburn

    Laura Chapman (English, 2014) and Isobel Cockburn (History of Art, 2014)

During fifth week Isobel Cockburn (History of Art, 2014) and Laura Chapman, (English, 2014) have organised a film screening of I, Daniel Blake, a ‘Period Poverty’ panel discussion and a craft workshop.

Describing the importance of the Oxford Dignity Drive Isobel said: “Oxford has one of the highest rates of homelessness in the country, and 10 of its 83 neighbourhoods are among the 20% most deprived areas in England. As severe government cuts continue to hit the homeless and vulnerably housed hardest, Oxford Dignity Drive is aiming to tackle an often unseen problem - many people are forced to choose monthly between accessing the basic necessity of sanitary products and feeding themselves and their families -menstrual hygiene should not be a luxury that only some can afford.”

Throughout fifth week (Feb 13-17) there will be boxes in every Oxford college for donations of sanitary products. Isobel and Laura will be also be collecting donations at the Dignity Drive Oxford Dignity Drive events

- Monday 13th February: Screening of I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach, Shulman Auditorium, Queen's College, 8-10pm.
Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake, made headlines for its cutting indictment of the issues of the UK benefits system and raised a huge amount of awareness for period poverty.

- Tuesday 14th February: Period Poverty Panel Discussion, Wadham Okinaga Room, 7.30-8.30pm.
Laura Coryton, campaigner and founder of the petition to end the tampon tax, and Freya Turner, former chair of On Your Doorstep, and two other speakers discussing the issues faced by the homeless homeless and what can be done to help.

- Thursday 16th February: Craft Workshop, (Location TBC) 4.30-5.30pm.
A local artist will be running a badge making craft workshop.

Oxford Dignity Drive was launched in 2014 by former Wadham students Niamh McIntyre (English, 2013) and Rachel Besenyei (PPE, 2013),

Support Oxford Dignity Drive by donating here.
All money raised goes directly to buying sanitary products, which will be disseminated to food banks and refuges around the county with the help of Wadham Chaplain Wendy Wale.

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