Hey Girls! Campaign returns for a second year
Children and young people attending Flintshire schools will be able to receive free sustainable period products delivered directly to their doorsteps from 3rd February 2023 thanks to the continuing partnership between Flintshire County Council and Hey Girls, an award-winning UK-based period product company.
The programme has been developed with Welsh Government funding to promote period dignity across Wales.
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.
Flintshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Social Services and Wellbeing, Councillor Christine Jones, said:
“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.”
Hey Girls products are chemical-free, responsibly sourced and made from eco-conscious materials including recycled water bottles, organic cotton and sustainable bamboo.
Celia Hodson, Founder & CEO of Hey Girls said:
“Period products are a necessity, but they are expensive. Tight budgets can leave people forced to prioritise other purchases, leaving them without the right period products, without enough period products, or without any period products at all.
“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 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.”
Hey Girls is an award winning period product social enterprise. For every product it sells it donates the equivalent product to someone in need. Since the community interest company was established in 2018, Hey Girls has donated over 30 million period products. Its aim is to help eradicate period poverty, enable better access to quality period products for all and to stomp out the stigma and bust the myths and taboos that surround periods.
If you are aged 8-18 years and attend a school in Flintshire, please visit heygirls.co.uk/flintshirehomepacks to apply for free period products.