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What is period poverty?

Period poverty occurs when, due to being unable to afford proper products like sanitary towels or tampons, people use unsuitable items or nothing at all to manage their period. For some, this can often lead to embarrassment and in some cases results in children missing school.

What is West Dunbartonshire Council doing to end period poverty?

In a bid to help tackle period poverty, West Dunbartonshire Council is funding a new initiative #EndPeriodPoverty, aided by money received from the Scottish Government.

By offering free sanitary products across a wide range of public buildings including libraries, community centres and Council offices, we hope to work towards making period poverty a thing of the past. The Council has made a three-year commitment, working with social enterprise Hey Girls.

Hey Girls offer comfortable, chlorine and bleach free, environmentally friendly sanitary products. However, they do more than just that. For every ‘buy one give one’ sanitary product purchased, Hey Girls gives another box away for free within the UK and in the last 12 months, have donated more than 2.4 million products.

What is being done to end the stigma around this?

The aim of the scheme is to end period poverty and the stigma around this, by making sure everyone who needs these products can pick them up for free at an easily accessible pick up point – with no questions asked.

Free sanitary products can be collected from the following locations:

Alexandria Community Centre: Main Street, Alexandria, G83 0NU

Alexandria Library: Gilmour Street, Alexandria, G83 0DA

Centre 81: 2 Braes Ave, Clydebank, G81 3DP

Clydebank Health Centre: Kilbowie Road, Clydebank, G81 2TQ

Clydebank Hub: 405 Kilbowie Road, Clydebank, G81 2TX

Clydebank Town Centre Office: 10 Sylvania Way South,  Clydebank, G81 1EA

Clydebank Town Hall: Dumbarton Road, Clydebank, G81 1AU

Concord Centre: St Mary’s Way, Dumbarton, G82 1LJ

Dalmuir CC: Duntocher Road, Dalmuir, G81 3QX

Dalmuir Library: Lennox Place, Dalmuir, G81 4LX

Dumbarton Health Centre: Station Road, Dumbarton, G82 1PW

Food4Thought: St Augustines High St, Dumbarton, G82 1LL

Glenhead Centre: Duntiglennan Road, Duntocher, G81 6HF

Haldane Youth: c/o Haldane Primary School, Miller Road, Balloch, G83 8AA

Tullochan Family Centre:  9-11 Poplar Road, Dumbarton, G82 2RD

Vale Centre for Health & Care: Main Street, Alexandria, G83 0UA

WDC Aurora House: 3 Aurora Avenue, Queens Quay, Clydebank, G81 1BF

WDC Bridge Street: 6-14 Bridge Street, Dumbarton, G82 1NT

WDC Church Street: 16 Church Street, Dumbarton, G82 1QL

West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare: Levenvalley Enterprise Centre, Castlehill Road, Dumbarton, G82 5BN

Ysortit: 5 West Thomson St, Clydebank, G81 3EA

 

For more information, please contact working4u@west-dunbarton.gov.uk