Nottingham are helping support girls who cannot afford period products

Fifteen per cent of girls in the country have struggled to afford menstrual products.

The charity, Plan International, says this has led to absence in schools, girls having to re-use products or resort to making their own.

The Free Period Nottingham is holding a collection at Broadway Cinema to donate products to a range of Nottingham branches with a request to bring sanitary towels, tampons and moon-cups. Those participating include:

– Nottingham Women’s Centre
– POW Nottingham
– The Arches Nottingham
– Mansfield Food Bank
– Framework HA
– National Justice Museum

The group is an organisation who host collection drives across the city helping to provide for girls that cannot get hold of period products themselves. It started in March 2018 to help celebrate International Women’s Day.

“Having access to a range of period products…will make a very real difference to many girls’ lives”
Rose Caldwell, Plan International uk

More attention has been brought to period poverty. it comes after the government introduced a new scheme to allow state schools and colleges to provide free period products for their pupils last week.

Speaking to Nottinghamshire Post, Rose Caldwell, chief executive of Plan International UK, says: “We know that some girls miss school because they don’t have period products, and that they have had to use items like toilet roll and socks because they can’t afford anything else.

“So having access to a range of period products at school will make a very real difference to many girls’ lives.”

Department for Education (DfE)  commented the move will ‘ensure pupils do not miss out on lessons due to their period and help break down stigma surrounding menstruation’.

Period poverty is something that still affects a huge number of girls in this country, with a recent poll revealing that 1 in 10 girls have been unable to afford sanitary wear, and 12% have admitted to improvising due to affordability issues.

To support the cause, get in contact via their email: thefreeperiodnottm@gmail.com or their Facebook page.