Check out our interactive student films!

Find out more >

Encouraging open and honest talk about periods

Meet the Facilitator: Ruth

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 Ruth!

Ruth trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama many many years ago. She’s enjoyed a varied career, from dancing in the film of Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow, kissing Shane Ritchie (Alfie Moon) in Eastenders, to performing her one woman comedy musical in London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has two teenage daughters so is delighted to be part of the betty bus experience talking to other young women about their periods.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself?

I have an allotment and grow delicious strawberries.

What is your favourite thing about the betty bus?

The bus itself is so brightly coloured with some fantastic words splashed across it - the children are excited and curious about what’s going to happen even before they get on the bus.

Why do you think the betty bus is so important?

I grew up in a world where periods were a secret thing to be ashamed about. To provide a space where girls and boys are able to speak freely about their anxieties around periods, and where just saying the words connected to having a period are part of the general conversation is so healthy and an important gift to the next generation.

Your favourite moment of the tour so far?

Just today on the bus, two girls announced to their friends that they had started their periods. The reaction of the other girls was supportive and interested, rather than giggly and embarrassed. To have provided a place where those girls felt safe and brave enough to talk about it is a privilege.

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

My period cringe is being involved in something so all-consuming that you go way past the time you should have changed your pad. Then you’re convinced that everyone knows you need to go to the loo and sort yourself out, and you’re scared that at any minute you’re going to leak!

Tell us your period craving?

Chocolate. Without a doubt. And lots of carbohydrates.

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

I’ve been having periods for so long now, it’s such a normal part of my life that I don’t need to do anything different (apart from the rise in the chocolate eating that is!).