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Period Poverty Information Centre

At Initial we are fighting Period Poverty. Here we have all the latest information regarding the issue, funding and our solution.

What is Period Poverty and how can Period Dignity be achieved?

Period Poverty refers to a lack of access to period products, mainly attributed to financial constraints. It is a far reaching issue with huge consequences for those who experience it.

Although it is not age-specific, the issue is strongly linked to school-age girls. The negative effects on mental health and attendance indicate that Period Poverty involves more than a lack of available period products, meaning any solution needs to be holistic and ensure user dignity. When products are provided in a dignified way, Period Dignity is achieved.

The successful Scottish model has crucial stipulations about dignity - “We want to continue to reduce the stigma and address the overarching gender equality and dignity issues that affect everyone who menstruates”  - Scottish Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell.

As does research from Cardiff Council before their pilot school launches “The survey also found that privacy and discretion were the main factors behind pupils’ preferences when it comes to accessing feminine hygiene products in schools”.

Anyone looking to tackle Period Poverty must look to achieve Period Dignity by providing users with a discrete method of accessing the necessary products.

What is happening?

Each country in the UK has different approaches, but all will be making funding available for the 2019/2020 school year.

Where to get funding?

  • England: Westminster is said to be providing more than £10 million across the country, with each school receiving an allocation which can then be used to purchase products
  • Wales: £2.3 million has already been set aside by the Welsh Assembly Government - if this has not arrived at school level then please refer to your bursar
  • Scotland: Grants should already have been allocated

How can we help?

Our products specifically promote Period Dignity. Our discrete dispenser affords the user complete dignity by allowing them to access products in anonymity. We also offer a comprehensive range of consumables.

We are familiar with the ordering processes and have experience in successfully implementing Period Poverty solutions for customers in Wales and Scotland where funding is already available.

Initial have been very helpful in helping us to tackle Period Poverty in the Blaenau Gwent area. Their cubicle dispensers provide a discrete and dignified way of dispensing free menstrual products across our estate" - Ian Haywood, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Freedom4Girls

Since the beginning of our partnership with Period Poverty charity Freedom4Girls, we have donated over £3000 to them through the sale of our dispenser and consumable range. For each dispenser sold we donate £5, with £1 given for each case of refills.

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