Period Protected during Covid -19

Although our usual collection venues are temporarily closed during COVID-19, free sanitary products will continue to be available throughout West Dunbartonshire.  Our products are available for those accessing emergency food parcels from West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare and Food for Thought.  We have a new ordering service so you can still get access to the products you need.  Further information is available on the Covid 19 Health page.

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What is period poverty?

Period poverty occurs when, due to being unable to afford proper products like sanitary towels or tampons, people use unsuitable items or nothing at all to manage their period. For some, this can often lead to embarrassment and in some cases results in children missing school.

What is West Dunbartonshire Council doing to end period poverty?

In a bid to help tackle period poverty, West Dunbartonshire Council receives Scottish Government funding and is working together with UK Social Enterprise @HeyGirlsUK, making sure our communities have free access to period protection in community venues across the authority.

Most of our usual community collection venues were temporarily closed during COVID-19 or had restricted access, and ongoing changes to local restrictions has resulted in some being closed again.  Despite this, free sanitary products will continue to be available throughout West Dunbartonshire.

We have also been working with our local partners, West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare and Food for Thought, to ensure the products are available to those who need them when accessing emergency food parcel provision. 

We have an online ordering service so you can still get access to the products you need.  Anyone who menstruates is welcome to use this free service, but you must live in West Dunbartonshire and provide a West Dunbartonshire post code for delivery.  

A period pack can be ordered which contains a 3-month supply consisting of a combination of day time and night time towels/tampons.  We have recently extended this service to include the option of a reusable menstrual cup (with steriliser pot).

Product can take 2-3 weeks to arrive, dependent on stock availability, and will be sent via Royal Mail.  This service will run for as long as required whilst community access is affect by Covid so you can re-order when your supply has run out.  Unfortunately, there has been high demand on the supplier from all local authorities for this online service due to Covid and community venues being closed, which may lead to delays at times with supply issues.

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What is being done to end the stigma around this?

The aim of the scheme is to 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.

Where can i pick up free products

We are aiming to increase the list of venues further.  This was hampered by Covid but we are currently trialling new venues used frequently by  residents.  The Scottish Government are currently developing an app where stockist details will be found.  These products are available to users of these buildings but we also want people to have enough supplies to meet their need for their menstrual cycle, not just on the visit to the venue.

Below is a list of venues currently stocking the free sanitary products:

Alexandria Community Centre, Main Street, Alexandria, G83 0NU

Alexandria Library, Gilmour Street, Alexandria, G83 0DA

Benview Centre, 50 Strathleven Place, Dumbarton, G82 1BA

Citizens Advice Bureau, 77 Bank Street, Alexandria, G83 0LZ

Citizens Advice Bureau, Social Economy Centre, 63 Kilbowie Road, Clydebank, G81 1BL

Citizens Advice Bureau, Bridgend House, 179 High Street, Dumbarton, G82 1NW

Centre 81, 2 Braes Avenue, Clydebank,  G81 3DP

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, Unit 20 Artizan Centre, College Way, Dumbarton, G82 1LJ

Clydebank Health Centre, Kilbowie Road, Clydebank , G81 2TQ

The Hub, 405 Kilbowie Road, Clydebank, G81 2TX

Clydebank Independent Resource Centre, 627 Dumbarton Road, Clydebank, G81 4ET

Clydebank Town Centre Office, 10 Sylvania Way South, Clydebank, G81 1EA

Clydebank Town Hall, Dumbarton Road, Clydebank, G81 1AU

Concord Centre, St Marys Way, Dumbarton, G82 1LJ

Cornerstone, Carman Centre, 175 Main Street, Renton, Dumbarton, G82 4PF

Cutty Sark Centre, Howatshaws Road, Dumbarton, G82 3DR

Dalmuir Community Centre, Duntocher Road, Dalmuir, G81 3QX

Dalmuir Library, Dalmuir, G81 4LX

Dumbarton Health Centre, Station Road, Dumbarton, G82 1PW

Dumbarton Library, Bonhill Road, Dumbarton , G82 1BD

Faifley Library, Edinbarnet Campus, Craigpark Street, Clydebank, G81 5BS

Food4Thought, Unit 14a Artizan Shopping Centre, Dumbarton, G82 1LL

Glenhead Centre, Duntiglennan Road,  Duntocher, G81 6HF

Haldane Youth Services, Annex Building - Jamestown Primary School, Main Street, Jamestown, Balloch, G83 8PN 

Meadow Centre, Meadow Road, Dumbarton, G82 2AA

Skypoint Centre, 96b Lennox Drive, Faifley, Clydebank, G81 5JY

Tullochan Family Centre, 9-11 Poplar Road, Dumbarton, G82 2RD

Vale Centre for Health, Main Street, Alexandria, G83 0UA

West of Scotland Autism and Aspergers Centre, Station Street, Renton, G82 4NB

Vale of Leven Swimming Pool, Main Street, Alexandria, G83 0UE

Community Addiction Team, 120 Dumbarton Road, Clydebank, G81 1UG

Community Addiction Team, Joint Hospital, Cardross Road, Dumbarton, G82 5JA

WDC Aurora House, 3 Aurora Avenue, Queens Quay, Clydebank, G81 1BF

WDC Bridge Street, 6-14 Bridge Street, Dumbarton, G82 1NT

WDC Church Street, 16 Church St, Dumbarton, G82 1QL

West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare outreach locations

Ysortit Youth Centre, 5 West Thomson St, Clydebank, G81 3EA


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