New drop-off point launched in Solihull to help combat Period Poverty - The Solihull Observer

New drop-off point launched in Solihull to help combat Period Poverty

Solihull Editorial 22nd Feb, 2024   0

THE FIGHT against peiod poverty has ramped up a gear in Solihull after a new collection bank opened.

Insurance broker Howden Solihull has joined forces with winning social enterprise Gift Wellness, which hands out sanitary products to those who are homeless, in refugee camps, or simply cannot afford these essentials through its initiative Period Angels.

They are looking for donations of sanitary towels, tampons, panty liners, which will then be distributed via a local surgery to help those in need.

Period poverty is a global issue, referring to a lack of access to menstrual products, safe, hygienic spaces in which to use them due to financial constraints or availability, and the right to manage menstruation without shame, is essential for anyone who menstruates.

Collette Eccleston, senior insurance consultant at Howden Solihull, said: “We feel it’s important to advocate for everyone in our local community and highlight a problem that unfortunately still has a stigma or embarrassment surrounding it.

“Periods are a natural part of life, and it’s important to normalise conversations about menstruation. Everyone has a right to access the right products and healthcare information they need, and no one should be held back because of their period. But many are having to make unbearable choices such as choosing between food, utilities or their personal hygiene.”

The number of people turning to food banks and charities for period products has soared to record levels; one charity reported a 43 per cent surge in monthly product requests.

Plan International revealed almost a third of girls and young women aged between 14-21 are now struggling to afford period products.

And eight in 10 were forced to use toilet paper, while around one in 10 resorted to newspaper or paper.

Dr Zareen Roohi Ahmed, founder of Period Angels and founder and chief executive of Gift Wellness said: “Addressing period poverty is crucial, particularly here in the UK, where many struggle to access basic menstrual products. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Howden Solihull for their commitment to this cause.

“Their efforts ensure that individuals in communities across the UK can manage menstruation with dignity and without embarrassment. Together, we’re making a meaningful difference.”

For more or to donate Howden Solihull at 46 Poplar Road, Solihull or call 0121 711 1711.

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