At their recent meeting, members of the policy & resources committee heard how partner groups across the area have embraced this endeavour, resulting in the excellent services that are now in place.
Launched in the midst of the pandemic, Free Period Angus is a community planning response to tackling period poverty. It includes a prominent profile across social media channels and a website, as well as solid local support from community groups.
In terms of distributing much-needed products, there are more than 100 locations across Angus where people can pick up what they require; here is a home delivery service in partnership with Hey Girls, where people can select the products they want and have them sent direct, so encouraging period dignity; there is a Period Positive Employer programme that has seen more than 25 employers sign up to support their employees and local customers to access products and support.
There are also sewing classes where 42 people have learned how to make their own products; targeted campaigns have been undertaken to encourage the use of washable products – this has seen over 4,000 people request washable pads; eight Red Tent Support Groups have been held with more than 200 participants learning about menstrual health through health practitioner and specialist presentations.
Last year the organisations also partnered with Dundee and Angus College to develop a legacy for this work with local performing arts students creating an online film for anyone can access.
Council chief executive Margo Williamson, who is also chairperson of the Angus Community Planning Partnership, said: “The statement of intent highlights the continued support this work both attracts and demands as an innovative regional project supporting people out of period poverty.
“This work has never been more vital as we witness the increased uncertainty and financial pressures around income. Free Period Angus can take away some of that pressure and do so in a supportive and dignified way.”