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App shows free period product collection points to fight period poverty

By Lewis McBlane

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A NEW app has been launched which is set to improve access to free period products.

The PickupMyPeriod app signposts over 700 locations offering free sanitary products across Scotland.

The app is part of the Scottish Government's policy of distributing the vital products through schools, colleges, universities and the wider community.

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin welcomed the launch of the app
Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin welcomed the launch of the app

Welcoming its launch Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin said: “This app will be a brilliant tool for girls and women who want to access free period products for themselves, a family member or friend.

“Downloading the app is quick and simple and allows a user to see where the nearest location is to pick up free period products."

More local authorities are also set to join the app, expanding free access to these products.

Scotland's Minister for Social Justice Shona Robison said: “The app is a fantastic tool.

“I’m thankful for the support of local authorities in the implementation of access to free period products in Scotland.

"Young women and girls have been crucial in developing the best ways to access products to meet their needs and I’m grateful to them for sharing their views.”

Local government is playing a large role in the distribution of these free products.

Councillor Alison Evison, president of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) which represents local councils, and who is also an Aberdeenshire councillor said: “Having recognised the impact lack of access to period products may have on individuals, Local Government has a longstanding commitment to provide free products both in education and community settings for those who may need them.

“As we look towards the implementation of the Period Products Act, I am delighted that work undertaken on period dignity both locally and nationally continues to progress and welcome the launch of the new app as a tool which can support this.”

Celia Hodson, CEO of Hey Girls and My Period, who helped develop the app said: “This is a ground-breaking project for Scotland.

“As a Scottish-based social enterprise whose core goal is to help eradicate period poverty, it was great to have our app idea adopted, part-funded and supported by the Scottish Government.

"PickupMyPeriod will act as a fantastic tool to raise awareness of period poverty and equality, as well as providing support to people who need a little extra support across Scotland.”

For Iphone users visit: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/pickupmyperiod/id1500403938

For android users visit https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.myperiodapp

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