July 19, 2024

Extra subscriptions have been secured to end period poverty and prevent periods being a barrier to education.

Denbighshire County Council, through the Welsh Government Period Dignity Grant, has been running a subscription service for young people in Denbighshire where period poverty could be a barrier to their education.

So far 220 education-based subscriptions have been provided and a further 520 community subscriptions for those on low incomes will be launched in March.

The free service, run in conjunction with social enterprise Hey Girls, will run until March 2023 providing either a one off delivery of re-usable period products or a monthly delivery of eco-friendly disposable products directly to subscribers’ homes.

This is in addition to disposable In Case of Emergency (ICE) single-use products which are available from schools, youth centres, Citizens Advice Denbighshire offices, foodbanks and other organisations that have registered to receive products as well as libraries and One Stop Shops, leisure centres and are provided by TOTM – an eco-friendly company.

Those eligible for the education-based subscription must be enrolled at either a primary or secondary school in Denbighshire and it is deemed a lack of period products could be a barrier to a young person accessing education, while those who reside in Denbighshire and are on low income benefits can register for the community-based subscriptions.

Councillor Huw Hilditch-Roberts, the Council’s Lead Member for Education, Children’s Services and Public Engagement, said: “This service has ensured products have been delivered to young people’s homes or at an alternative location, if the learner wishes to receive them discreetly.

“Free menstrual products have always been available in schools and they continue to be provided, this service continues and enhances the offer to leaners here in Denbighshire.

“We are now expanding this service to include community-based subscriptions to help those on low incomes and offering more subscriptions means more people in the county will be able to access these products free of charge.”

Steve Hodson, Operations Director of Hey Girls, said: “This is a hugely important partnership with Denbighshire County Council to supply vital period products to those in need.

“Tight budgets can leave people forced to prioritise other purchases, leaving them without the right period products, without enough period products, or without any period products at all.

“Increasing access to period products is really important. Free products can keep people in school, improve concentration, encourage participation in sport, and support good health.”

For more information or to sign up visit www.denbighshire.gov.uk/en/education-and-schools/wellbeing-in-schools/period-dignity.aspx or contact [email protected]