Period Dignity

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has been supporting families to ensure period dignity for women and girls from low income households throughout the pandemic.

 

Ongoing support has been provided and products have been available via schools food parcel distribution, the 15plus team, youth wellbeing service and various housing partners.

 

Partnerships with third sector organisations, including food banks, community hubs, family centres etc. have been put into place to ensure access to period products, free of charge and accessible in the most practical and dignified way possible.

 

Free products available for all pupils who have periods

Whilst schools remain closed to the majority of pupils, free period products can be delivered to pupils in a safe, practical and dignified way.  Please contact perioddignity@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk to request your free products providing the pupil name, school, year group and address in order to ensure we can respond as quickly as possible.

 

We are aware that some people cannot, should not or do not want to use certain products. Therefore a ‘standard’ offer of products is not appropriate. A variety of products, including environmentally friendly items are therefore available on request. Please ask for the type of product that suits you best.

 

Our aim is to ensure that no-one slips through the net and there is provision available for all learners who have periods.

 

In addition to this resource, which can be accessed by all pupils, a further gift card allocation will be made for FSM pupils after February half term 2021.

 

Education Resources

Welsh Government has worked with Keep Wales Tidy Eco Schools to provide resources for schools which will promote open discussion with young people and help break down the social stigma and taboos around periods and period products. The resources include information about sustainable alternatives to single use period products and the impact these can have on the environment.

 

hwb.gov.wales   

Eco- friendly Period Products

With the support of Welsh Government funding, families are supported to access period products including eco-friendly period products (i.e. re-usable products and/or plastic free).

 

Reusable sanitary pouches/bags containing items such as reusable pads and pants are distributed on demand via local projects. Although the Council cannot endorse or promote the use of any particular product over another, we are aware that families have had some difficulty in accessing these products.

 

Single-use, disposable products:

  • TOTM - Tampons (cardboard applicator / non-applicator), pads, pantyliners.

  • Natracare - Tampons (cardboard applicator / non-applicator), pads, pantyliners.

  • Kind Organic - Tampons (cardboard applicator / non-applicator), pads, pantyliners.

  • Yoni - Tampons (cardboard applicator / non-applicator), pads and pantyliners.

  • Organyc - Tampons (cardboard applicator / non-applicator), pads and pantyliners (not their plant-based plastic applicators).

  • Hey Girls - Tampons, pads (not their plant-based plastic applicators).


Reusable pads

  • Bloom & Nora

  • Earthwise Girls

  • Eco Femme

  • Cheeky Wipes

  • Imse Vimse

  • Hey Girls


Period Pants (Reusable)

  • WUKA

  • Flux

  • Modibodi

  • Thinx

  • Cheeky Wipes


Menstrual Cups (Reusable)

  • Organicup

  • Mooncup

  • Diva Cup

  • Intimina

  • Hey Girls

  • TOTM

  • Kind Organic

 

Further information on this can be accessed by emailing: