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Free period products

Free period products

As part of our support for communities and a commitment to equality, we offer free period products to anyone who needs them. To achieve this, we work in partnership with community planning partners, community organisations and the Scottish Government.


We have now reopened a number of our facilities and have restocked them with products so people can have access to what they need. We will continue to make products available in as many places as possible, and specifically through local community organisations, leisure facilites, community centres, libraries, NHS health centres and nurseries.

If you have a child at primary or secondary school your child should be able to ask for more products through their school.

Alternatively, you can download The Scottish Government App (PickupMyPeriod) where you can access locations across Scotland:

If you have any issues accessing products and want to recommend a facility in your area that does not currently have a supply of free products or you would like to access a different type of period product, please email

Anchor Organisations

Anchor organisations are different from our pickup sites as they offer goods on-site such as reusable sanitary products, along with single-use items as well.

This can range from pads & tampons to reusable period pants and cups. They also help to deliver goods out to their local communities for people who can’t access the site due to a variety of reasons. This is usually done by members of the centre using bicycles and electric bikes to deliver to homes in their local community.

The aim is to have one in each locality, currently, we have as follows:

  • Airdrie - Diamonds in the community
  • Bellshill - VIP Arts & Sports Academy
  • Coatbridge - Kirkshaws Neighbourhood Centre
  • Cumbernauld - Cornerstone House
  • Motherwell - Jerviston Community Centre
  • Northern Corridor - Glenboig Development Trust
  • Shotts - Getting Better Together
  • Wishaw - Newmains Community Trust

We are currently aiming to bring more on board in other localities. These can be located using our NLC Directory map like with all of our other pickup sites and through the Pick Up My Period App.

Period Dignity Update Report October 2022

Further information about the work and progress relating to the future development for the Period Dignity initiative.

Statement on Exercise of Functions

This statement outlines our commitment to free period product provision.

New College Lanarkshire Students

If you are a student at New College Lanarkshire, period products are available to all students and staff for free on all campuses.

Page last updated:
22 Jan 2024

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