Hey Girls: Free sustainable period products for Flintshire’s children and young people
Students at Flintshire schools are now able to receive free, sustainable period products directly to their doorsteps thanks to the continued partnership between Flintshire County Council and Hey Girls, a UK-based award-winning period product company.
So far, Hey Girls has distributed 1.7 million period products via its home packs initiative. In addition to Flintshire County Council, other councils in Powys, Denbighshire, Fife, Falkirk and Edinburgh and Inverness College have taken up the Hey Girls period home pack service.
The free period products will be available to students aged 8-18 and are chemical-free, responsibly sourced and made from eco-conscious materials such as recycled water bottles, organic cotton, and sustainable bamboo.
The program will ensure that students will not miss any school time and can participate fully in all activities.
Councillor Christine Jones, Flintshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Social Services and Wellbeing, praised the initiative: “This is an excellent initiative which was really well received last year – the first year we ran it.”
“I fully support our young learners having access to these free sanitary products. ”
“This sensitive issue is often a difficult and “taboo” subject and individuals can feel stigmatised and vulnerable. ”
“Being able to order products for free online, delivered to their home, will ensure that they do not miss out on any school time and they can participate fully in activities.”
Celia Hodson, Founder and CEO of Hey Girls, added that period products are a necessity but can be expensive. She stated: “Increasing access to period products is really important.”
“Free products can keep people in school, improve concentration, encourage participation in sport, and support good health.”
“They prevent people from having to make dehumanising choices – to wear the wrong product, or a worse quality product, or to wear a product for longer than is hygienic or safe.”
“At Hey Girls, we believe that access to quality period products is a right, not a privilege. Free products not only help end period poverty, they also promote period dignity.”
Students in Flintshire can apply for the free period products at heygirls.co.uk/flintshirehomepacks.
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