About T.E.E.S.

About Us

Operating as a not for profit charity incorporated organisation (CIO), our aim is to help relieve some of the problems associated with both social and economic poverty in the Tees Valley.

Having recognised a huge increase in the use of food and clothing banks in recent years together with the homelessness situation in the UK, we are putting together a number of different projects and initiatives, to help alleviate the issues surrounding the deprevation and poverty affecting the people in our area.

We have the backing of councillors, food banks, our local clothing scheme, charities, local businesses and individuals.

We are working in association with other organisations, with a proven track record of both delivering and sustaining their charities across the UK.

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How are we different?

What is different about T.E.E.S. To other charities, organisations, social enterprises, CIO’s, CIC’s, and all the other individuals and agencies doing amazing work in our communities?

  • We connect with them and share our support and knowledge.
  • We encourage working together to support the community, as a joint or multiple venture or partnership’s we have a louder voice.
  • Our campaigns are arranged in a manner that they can be rolled out easily regionally or nationally.
  • We do not believe in running our charity predominately on volunteers. We value there input and support, but expect to provide real jobs to help these volunteers into paid work.
  • Sharing information, knowledge and funding gives up opportunities to expand the support we offer.

Period Poverty Facts

  • 68% of the UK population have been forced to use makeshift menstrual products at some point.
  • 26% of the UK population have missed school or work due to period poverty.
  • Menstrual products cost more than £18,000 in a lifetime.
  • 68,000 girls/women in the UK are currently homeless.
  • Almost half of girls aged 14-21 are embarrassed by their periods.
  • 79% of people who experience menstrual symptoms that worry them, or that could indicate a health problem, have not consulted their doctor.
  • 27% of the UK population are unable to afford menstrual protection.
  • 65% of the population believe that sanitary products should be provided free of charge to everyone.
  • Equal access to education is a fundamental human right and NO-ONE should miss school or work because they cannot afford menstrual protection.
  • The stigma surrounding periods has been shown to directly affect the person potential to succeed.

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Let's talk about poverty

The economy we have today was designed – it is the result of a set of decisions that were made about our society’s priorities and resources. Just as it was designed, we can redesign it so that it works for everyone.

All of us rely on publicly funded services and support systems like education, roads, railways and the NHS. And our public services are especially important to people who are struggling, such as our welfare system. We need to strengthen these supports to solve poverty and make sure everyone has a decent life.

Our economy creates powerful currents that can pull people into poverty, like low wages or increasing living costs.

Our economy is locking people in poverty. Low-paid, unstable jobs mean more and more families can’t put food on the table. The way our economy is working is leading to rising living costs and many are locked in a daily struggle to make ends meet, unable to think about a different future. It is hard to break free from the restrictions our economy places on people.

We can solve poverty by loosening its grip on people. Benefits help release people from the restrictions our economy places on them, such as low pay and high housing costs.

Source: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Get Involved

What is different about T.E.E.S. To other charities, organisations, social enterprises, CIO’s, CIC’s, and all the other individuals and agencies doing amazing work in our communities? We accept donations of menstrual products and have a number of donation stations set up across Tees Valley. You can help within your local community by starting a donation station.

We always welcome volunteers to support us at fundraising events and sewing workshops, but we do not believe in running our charity predominately on volunteers. We value there input and support, but expect to provide real jobs to help these volunteers into paid work. If you would like to donate some of your time or expertise, please contact us for more details on how you can help.

We gladly accept donations of menstrual products in the UK; Donations are distributed to anyone in the community who struggle to access menstrual protection. We currently have donation stations set up across Tees Valley. You can use our handy T.E.E.S. point locator below, just type in the name of your nearest town and click the search button and we will find the closest one to you.

Where to get help

TEES has a growing network of collection and distribution points around the Tees Valley.

We are constantly in need of new donation and collection points, if you think that you can offer some space then please click here

Alternatively you can download a list of all the collection and donation points we have across the Tees Valley here.

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