Council helps girls and young women facing period poverty in Coronavirus crisis

6 May 2020

To ease the worry of period poverty for girls and young women during the COVID-19 crisis, South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) staff have been on the road this week delivering free sanitary products to dozens of pick-up points.

With most schools closed due to Coronavirus, SLDC has distributed supplies to every corner of the district for pupils who would usually rely on being able to pick up free pads and tampons from school.

With travel restrictions in mind, the team saved on miles by combining their journeys with dropping off laptops to members’ homes ahead of the council’s first virtual Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, May 20.

Our Locality Team preparing to deliver free sanitary supplies across South Lakeland.

Councillor Suzie Pye, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Financial Resilience, said: “Period poverty was already a growing issue for some girls and young women across South Lakeland, and the current crisis has simply exacerbated the situation.

“Before COVID-19, sanitary supplies were freely available for those who needed them via schemes that local secondary schools had signed up for. Now that schools are closed to most students, there is limited access to these supplies.

“But periods don’t stop for pandemics, and many families are facing financial uncertainty at the moment. By using funds from my portfolio to place supplies across the district, I hope that access to sanitary products for those who need it is one less thing girls and young women have to worry about.”

Attractive, eye-catching posters have been designed for the 30 collection points at shops, churches and schools across South Lakeland, to encourage girls to help themselves to the free products. Supplies are also to be sent out with food share parcels in Ulverston.

The posters on display at collection points around South Lakeland.

Here is the full list of locations:

Ambleside Parish Centre (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am to 1pm)

Arnside National CE School

Bowness Co-op

Broughton-in-Furness Newsagents

Burneside Residents Association (see Facebook page)

Cartmel Waste Not Want Not Community Shed, Haggs Lane

Coniston Co-op

Dent Stores

Flookburgh Premier shop

Grange-over-Sands Community Food Store at the old NatWest Bank (2pm to 4pm)

Grasmere Co-op and Pharmacy

Hawkshead Co-op

Kendal: Rinkfield Post Office; Hallgarth Post Office; Outside In, Beezon Road opposite Homebase (Mondays 10am to 12pm); Kings Food Bank (Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Fridays 12pm to 3pm); Queen Katherine School; St Thomas's School; Sandylands Residents Association (see Facebook page); South Lakeland House (Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm)

Kirkby Lonsdale QEStudio School and St Mary's CE School

Levens Village Shop

Lindale Primary School

Milnthorpe Primary School

Natland St Mark's School

Sedbergh outside the Spar shop

Staveley CE School

Ulverston Croftlands School, John Barrow Primary School & Bethany Christian Church (Mondays/Wednesdays/Thursdays 11am to 1pm)

Windermere Methodist Church (Wednesdays 12pm to 1pm) and Windermere Co-op

Witherslack Dean Barwick School