Period Poverty

14%

OF GIRLS ADMITTED THEY DID NOT KNOW WHAT WAS HAPPENING WHEN THEY STARTED THEIR PERIOD.

1 IN 5

GIRLS FEEL COMFORTABLE DISSCUSSING THEIR PERIOD WITH THEIR SCHOOL TEACHERS OR STAFF.

1 IN 4

GIRLS SAID THAT THEY DID NOT FEEL THEY KNEW WHAT TO DO WHEN THEY STARTED THEIR PERIOD.

48%

OF GIRLS FEEL EMBARESSED BY THEIR PERIOD, WITH THE FIGURE RISING TO 56% OF 14-YEAR-OLDS.
1 in 10 girls or women are in period poverty and are unable to afford sanitary products.
In July 2017, Plan International conducted an opinion survey with 1,000 UK girls and young women aged 14-21 to understand their views on menstruation. The findings explode any sense of complacency that might have existed about the urgent need to end stigma and taboo surrounding menstruation here in the UK as well as globally.

Period poverty in Gloucestershire

We started the project as we feel that women shouldn’t have to pay to be comfortable when it comes to that time of the month when it is out of their control. Periods are so horrible and sometimes unbearable to experience especially when you have a heavy flow and/or period pain as well as the mood swings (trust me I know!)

People can barely afford food nowadays so how are they expected to pay for sanitary products, the amount of girls/ladies that can’t justify spending what little they have on sanitary products so they hide at home whilst missing out on education, socialising, working and so many other life experiences.
If you had to make the choice between eating a meal or being comfortable what would you choose?
We have recently branched out to supplying reusable products that are more economic so girls/ladies will constantly have sanitary products at hand as well as helping towards the environment.

Nobody should be made to feel embarrassed and ashamed of something that we have no control over so let's raise the profile and stand together to be more open and honest about periods and what they entail.

Take a stand and shout it from the rooftops, say; "NO TO PERIOD POVERTY!!!"

Collection Points

There are a number of collection points around Gloucester that have access to FREE sanatary products.

  • Matson Gateway
  • GL Communities Advice & Resource Centre
  • Phoenix Community Centre
  • The Hub - Podsmead Big Local
  • Matson Baptist Church
  • Redwell Centre
  • The Venture - White City
  • Gloucester City Homes - Homeless support
  • The Friendship Cafe - Chequers, Painswick Road
  • St. James City Farm & Riding School - Tredworth GymNation
  • Taylor House - Matson Residents
  • GP Surgery - Matson
  • GL4 - Matson
  • Health Access Centre - Eastgate Street

Environmentally Friendly Products

We also have reusable products available to order on your behalf such as: Sanitary towels/Sanitary underwear/Moon cup that we can order for you and all we ask is for a little feedback at 1 month, 3 months and 6 months of use. No personal information will be shared without your explicit permission.

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