Free period products are available in over 120 public places across North Lanarkshire.
We are working with public sector partners and community organisations to ensure products are available for anyone who needs them.
An interactive online map directs people to locations where the products are available and a campaign is running to help end the stigma around periods being a taboo topic. Information is also available elsewhere on our website here.
Products are available to pick up in locations including schools and colleges, health centres, libraries, community centres and leisure centres.
In addition, seven organisations* offer a range of products and services, including reusable period pants, cups and first period kits for parents to explain period health. They can also provide an ordering and delivery service for people who are unable to visit in person.
Period products are also provided through local food banks run by Lanarkshire Health and Food Partnership.
“We’re all facing rising costs just now, and we want to make sure no-one is worried about buying period products,” said the council’s Equalities Champion, Councillor Ayeshah Khan.
“By making them freely available in locations that people use regularly, we hope people feel more confident going in and picking them up. Thanks to the efforts of many community groups, we have over 120 places where the products are easily accessible.
“Our campaign also aims to break down the stigma of talking about periods and female health, making it a more acceptable topic for conversations among friends and family.”
The initiative is in line with the legislation introduced by the Scottish Government to provide free period products.
Anyone experiencing issues accessing products or who would like to suggest a facility that does not currently have a supply of free products, or you would like to access a different type of period product, please email: email@example.com.
*The organisations providing products and services are:
- Airdrie – Diamonds in the Community
- Coatbridge – Kirkshaws Neighbourhood Centre
- Cumbernauld – Cornerstone House
- Motherwell – Jerviston Community Centre via the African Collaborative Group
- Northern Corridor - Glenboig Development Trust
- Shotts – Getting Better Together
- Wishaw – Newmains Community Trust
Work is underway to establish similar services in Bellshill and Kilsyth.