Our Period Friendly Project provides free period products for anyone who menstruates and are experiencing homelessness across Scotland.
One of the biggest challenges they face is their period. They can’t afford period products and often don’t have access to facilities to keep themselves clean. We want to give people a ‘period of dignity’ by providing free sanitary products at a Period Friendly Point in a safe, clean environment so they can take care of themselves. The Points are in public toilets that offer a clean, safe place with access to warm water.
Why did we launch this Project?
Simon Community Scotland introduced the Period Friendly Project in 2017 supported by Period Friendly Volunteers across Glasgow, it’s surrounding areas and Edinburgh. Provision of Period Friendly Points addresses the issue of period poverty affecting many people in Scotland. Period poverty contributes to the poor mental health and wellbeing experience of many who are excluded from the basic essentials of sanitary and hygiene products.
In March 2019 Glasgow Life North West Communities and Libraries Team worked in partnership with Simon Community Scotland and Glasgow City Council to install Points in each of the 15 Glasgow Life Community Centres and Community Libraries across the North West sector. The pilot was evaluated after three months and learnings used to plan and roll out Points to 167 Glasgow Life venues across all service areas, including Sport, Museums and Cultural venues by 2022.
Encompassing all venues will ensure a consistent offer across 167 buildings managed by Glasgow Life on behalf of Glasgow City Council as we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) (Bill)
Scotland became the first country in the world to make it a legal right to access free period products in November 2020 when the Scottish Government passed the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill.
The aim of this Bill is to ensure that all who menstruate can have reasonably convenient access to period products, free of charge, as and when they are required. The Bill states that:
- Anyone who menstruates has the right to free period products in Scotland whenever they need them
- Educational establishments should make period products available for free in all appropriate toilets
- Scottish Ministers must publicise the availability of free period products
We are working with Glasgow City Council to ensure continuity of supplies to those who need them, in places they can easily access them.