Councils are making sure that no young people have to go without access for free period products throughout the COVID-19 pandemic even though usual availability in schools and colleges is restricted.
Argyll and Bute and Aberdeenshire councils have teamed up with Hey Girls to deliver products to people’s homes. Pupils just need to fill out an online form that requests chosen package, school, name and delivery address.
Angus Community Planning Partnership is also working with Hey Girls as well as building a physical distribution network of local food shops that are still open.
In Dundee, a free contactless delivery service of period products is available to all citizens. A dedicated phone line and email address, managed by council staff, was established to enable residents to place orders directly, and all those requesting products have received a three month supply delivered to their homes by the council's third sector partner Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action.
East Renfrewshire Council has made period products available through its Humanitarian Food Hub and they can be requested as part of the weekly food bag.
Inverclyde Council has extended its online scheme with partner Hey Girls until 26 June 2020. The successful trial during May saw nearly 400 orders placed. As well as the online delivery service, Inverclyde Foodbank will also continue to receive supplies to add to parcels.
With the free provision of sanitary products via leisure facilities no longer possible, North Lanarkshire Council is distributing free products through partnership working with Community Food and Health Partnership, food banks and community groups.