Paul Presents All Yours with Caroline Herman
This week Paul meets Caroline Herman winner of the 2021 Harper’s Bazaar Woman of the Year Award. A prestigious award for change leaders.
In 2020, as we went into lockdown, Caroline and her daughter decided they wanted to do something to help people in the Community.
This is her amazing success story and what she has achieved.
Caroline wanted a small Christmas project, which thanks to the generosity of West Berkshire people became a non-for-profit social enterprise in preventing period poverty. From providing period products, helping single dads, helping those from all genders to running workshops. It grew beyond her wildest dreams and now is a large enterprise with 42 volunteers helping her to run it.
“When we started All Yours on 1st December 2020, we just wanted to provide some boxes of period products to people in our local community who were struggling to afford or access period products over the Christmas period.
Our simple ambition quickly turned into a much larger scale project, and in the first year of operation we have provided over 4500 period boxes, with the help of over thirty volunteers, across West Berkshire, South Oxfordshire, Reading, Basingstoke, and Wiltshire.
We have partnered with over 50 organisations working within the community including food banks, community larders, schools, youth centres, community cafes, local libraries, and homeless shelters.
We have two types of boxes we provide to community and welfare organisations. One is for adults with more experience of their periods. The adult boxes contain a mix of tampons and period pads. The other box is for teenaged and younger children who are just getting to grips with their periods. These boxes contain day and night period pads designed specifically for younger bodies.
You can request an All Yours box directly through their website if you need one. No questions asked. All the boxes are discreet boxes, and we will either post it to you, or deliver it to your doorstep, whichever way is quicker.
We have supported people of all ages to have a safe and dignified period and helped Mums, Dads, Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents to ensure that their families have the period products that they need each month.
We have worked to ensure that people get a choice of the products they can request via our website, and we have provided reusable products from EarthWise Girls to those who wanted a long-term solution to their struggle to afford period products.
We have been told some heart-breaking stories of period poverty and helped many people who had been using improvised, unsafe alternatives to manage their periods”