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Knowsley Youth Mutual joined forces with Liverpool Artist and Therapist Clare Beloved this week to launch an exciting new project that challenges one of the last big taboos in society. The Wild Moon Project aims to creatively engage the community and especially young people in a conversation about menstruation. The aim is to help young people understand the facts about their monthly cycles and to be in tune with their emotional and physical wellbeing. Through the project they will challenge the taboo that leaves many of them unaware, misinformed or embarrassed.
 


Period Policy has been hitting the news recently with reports that girls are missing school because they are too poor to buy products. Knowsley Youth Mutual have been looking at how to creatively tackle the issue of Period Poverty and the lack of access to sanitary products for some of our poorest residents and make sure that no young girls in Merseyside lose out on their education as a result of this issue. We will be working with The Homeless Period and others to place collection bins across Knowsley.

Over the last few months the team have been working with young girls to design and deliver an exciting project that will tour youth settings and schools as part of an educational programme aimed at raising awareness and reducing stigma around periods. They will also be running a summer camp for mums, carers and daughters and are also aware that dads, brothers and young men are often left out of the picture so are running information nights for them too.

The project unveiled a brilliant safe space painted by young women called the wild moon tent, films shown, art installations, info on sponsorship for wellbeing self-care boxes for girls and information on how to get involved.

Sandra Richardson, Chief Executive of Knowsley Youth Mutual said; “It’s really important that our young people learn the facts and know how to look after themselves throughout their whole monthly cycle. We want to ensure no young person in our community is afraid or unprepared for such a basic rite of passage and important transition into adulthood”.

Clare Beloved, Liverpool artist and therapist said “We are being approached by schools, parents and girls asking for help and we feel this is way overdue to blow the secrecy and shame around the topic of periods and beyond that menopause and other important times of our lives which are shrouded in mystery and silence. We want to start up creative conversations and help our community share stories and find new ways to be which can only benefit us all”
 

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