Why is Simon Community Scotland launching this initiative?
One of the biggest challenges women experiencing homelessness face is their period. They can’t afford period products and don’t have access to facilities to keep themselves clean. We want to give women a ‘period of dignity’ by providing products and a safe, clean environment to take care of themselves.
Simon Community Scotland introduced the Period Friendly Project in 2017 supported by volunteers across Glasgow, surrounding areas and Edinburgh. Provision of Period Friendly Points addresses the issue of period poverty affecting many women in Scotland. Period poverty contributes to the poor mental health and wellbeing experience of many women who are excluded from the basic essential 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, encompassing 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.
What are Period Friendly Points?
Period Friendly Points are locations in specific public buildings where women experiencing homelessness can access free products to use during their period. The Points are in public toilets that offer a clean, safe place with access to warm water.
What products are available at the Period Friendly Point?
All Period Friendly Points have free tampons, sanitary towels, clean pants, wet wipes and disposable bags.
Period Friendly Volunteers
We call our volunteers Period Friendly Pals. They support our Period Friendly Points across Glasgow and Edinburgh. Period Friendly Pals maintain and monitor an agreed number of Points, ensuring they are well stocked and run smoothly. They also collect, sort and pack the products we need from our Warehouse (underwear, period products,wipes, etc.) and are regularly in contact with the community service coordinator for the building to ensure the Period Point Project runs smoothly.
Are you interested in Volunteering and becoming a Period Friendly Pal? We’re looking for an army of Period Friendly Pals to work with us on our project.
For more information contact Melissa Reid on 07867 003618 or email@example.com