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Encouraging open and honest talk about periods

Meet the Facilitator: Jessica

You've probably all heard about our betty buses, right? Our pink and yellow beauties are travelling around the country encouraging young boys and girls everywhere to be more open and honest about that time of the month. We thought you'd want to meet some of our fabulous betty ambassadors who are leading the way in encouraging those conversations.

This week we'd like to introduce you to Jessica.

Jessica is an actress from Essex and very newly graduated from drama school at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland! She has a strong love for new writing, devising and classical theatre. When not working as a facilitator or actress you will usually find her pulling pints and planning her next escape abroad!

Tell us a fun fact about yourself?

I was once chased by a wild baboon when holidaying in South Africa (not joking)!

What is your favourite thing about the betty bus?

The betty bus is an absolute journey. I LOVE witnessing the confidence that the girls leave the bus with and seeing how much they grow in the hour that they have on the bus!

Why do you think the betty bus is so important?

I find it really exciting seeing the girls comfortably talking about PERIODS! The betty bus provides a safe and fun space.

Your favourite moment of the tour so far?

The adaption of the tour! The other day we had the years 3/4/5/6, it was really exciting to see how my fellow colleagues adapted the workshop to suit the different ages! Everyone used their initiative really well and each age range got so much out of the bus. We know this because we get the girls to write down comments from the experience on the bus and they are always really exciting to read.

Tell us a period cringe (we’ve all got one, hey)

Definitely has to be the classic makeshift pad situation! I was once at a cousin's wedding and luckily realised I was about to come on. Loo roll was a saviour, as were all my family members with spare pads when I dashed to ask them!

Tell us your period craving?

I don't tend to get any, I have very light periods with not a lot of symptoms. I would say chocolate BUT I ALWAYS crave chocolate and food!

Your favourite thing to do when you have your period is…

Everything I do usually, this involves watching a lot of keeping up with the Kardashians and cooking. I love cooking, especially when I’m on my period as it makes my appetite even bigger.