For the rest of the term, sanitary towels and tampons will be provided free of charge in three of the Union toilets located in the Foyer.
This is all part of an initiative your Equality and Diversity Officer Natasha Mutch-Vidal and Welfare Officer Chloe Sparks have been heading up to tackle period poverty and increase students’ access to sanitary products.
Chloe Sparks said:
“Period poverty is real and affects many people across the UK including many students.
Tampons and pads are not a luxury item and we believe all students should have access to free products. Exam season can get particularly stressful so we hope to allow students to focus on revision for exams and not have to worry about purchasing sanitary products.
Sanitary products will be placed in the male, female and gender neutral toilets in the Foyer.
Natasha Mutch-Vidal said:
“We recognise that all genders can menstruate, so we’ve included sanitary products in all the Foyer toilets to reflect this. We encourage all students to take advantage of this offer and we want everyone to have access so we encourage sensible usage and ask that you replenish stock if you are in the position to do so.”
This is just one of the initiatives your Exec Officers have been working on throughout the years to tackle period poverty. Other initiatives include collecting sanitary product donations for refugees and homeless people in the community and introducing cost price tampons and pads to our Essentials shop, which makes a box of tampons cost as little as £1.
If you’ve spotted our free products and would like to feedback or shout out to us, tweet with the #itsfreeperiod