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Local Libraries Help Combat Period Poverty

Library teams in Huntly and Insch are delighted to be supporting a new Scottish Government initiative to provide free sanitary products to young people in the area. From the 5th July and throughout the summer holidays students will be able to visit Insch and Huntly libraries and pick up the free sanitary wear which would normally be available in the school.

 

How it works

Throughout the year students have access to free sanitary wear in school and can pick up products without having to ask. It’s an important part of the project that there are no barriers for pupils who require items and although this project is in it’s infancy, it has been well received and pupils are using the products.

The Asda Foundation have provided funding for the project to continue during the school holidays and Katie Fairweather, Network Librarian and the library teams in both Huntly and Insch are delighted to be supporting the project by providing discreet pick up points in the libraries.

The initiative

In August 2018 the Scottish Government decided that free sanitary products will be available to pupils, students and learners at schools, colleges and universities across Scotland thanks to a new £5.2 million fund making it in the world to make free sanitary products available to all pupils and students.  This is being delivered through local councils and Aberdeenshire Council has started delivering this project out to schools, including The Gordon Schools.

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