West Dunbartonshire Council are committed to end the stigma around period poverty
Free Period Products (eco-friendly pads and tampons) are available in your community.
Free period products are available to anyone that needs them across West Dunbartonshire in community venues including health centres, libraries, community centres and leisure centres. Simply drop in and pick up what you need.
Don’t worry, we won’t ask any awkward questions.
New legislation came into force 15th August 2022, meaning local authorities now have a legal duty to make period products available for free. In West Dunbartonshire, the products have already been available for free within schools for 5 years and community venues for four years.
West Dunbartonshire Council, on the basis of funding made available by the Scottish Government, is working to ensure everyone in West Dunbartonshire who has a period will have convenient access to appropriate products free of charge, as and when they are required, in schools and community venues across the authority.
The aim of the scheme is to help end period poverty and the stigma around this, by making sure everyone who needs these products can pick them up for free at an easily accessible pick up point – with no questions asked.
The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act 2021 now requires local authorities to:
Period products must be reasonably easy to obtain and provided in a way that respects the dignity of those obtaining the products. In addition, there must be a reasonable choice of different products available.
Local Authorities have published a written Statement of Provision in 2022 describing their plans for provision in their local areas. West Dunbartonshire Council's Statement of Provision was prepared in consultation with relevant individuals, groups and organisations.
This consultation sought information to inform decisions about:
We do not ask for any proof of identity or income details.
Our products are available at no cost to all residents and those who work in or visit West Dunbartonshire.
Free products not only help end period poverty, they promote equality. It is overwhelmingly women and girls who have to bear the cost for a biological process that they cannot control.
As well as supporting people on low-incomes, free period products give peace of mind to everyone who has periods. The knowledge that products are there in case you forget them, or start unexpectedly, can be very reassuring. Providing free products ensures all people can menstruate with dignity.
See our list of community venues who currently stock products.
To find out where you can pick up these products, why not download the PickupmyPeriod App:
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need additional support to access period products or have any other questions or comments about this service.
You can find venues that are stocking the products on the MyPeriodLive website or by downloading the PickupMyPeriod app:
If you are unable to access the app, below is an at a glance list of venues currently receiving the free period products for residents using their venue or service. Most venues stock these products in the toilets to avoid the need to ask for them.
If you have any queries please contact us at email@example.com
We have period products available for delivery to you at home via our online ordering service. Anyone who is unable to access local community provision and has a period is welcome to use this free service, but you must live in West Dunbartonshire and provide a West Dunbartonshire post code for delivery.
Deliveries can take up to six weeks depending on demand, however West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare can provide an emergency supply. If you need products and can't wait for this delivery please telephone West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare on 0800 345 7050 to have Pads or Tampons delivered to your home address.
Basic contact details are taken by our supplier in order to post the order to you or to contact if there are any issues with your order delivery. Your information will be used for delivery and our own monitoring requirements and will be deleted when no longer required. All products are packaged discreetly so no-one will know what they contain and will be delivered by Royal Mail.
Working4U manage the community provision of period products in West Dunbartonshire. If you have any questions, or if you wish to provide feedback on this service, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have queries on your order, we can contact Hey Girls on your behalf. Please include the address you gave for the delivery in your email.