School period product progress

Published

23rd October 2020

The efforts of Dundee secondary and primary schools to provide free period products for pupils will be outlined to the children and families services committee on Monday October 26.

A report will highlight that as schools and council buildings were shut in spring as a response to the coronavirus crisis, a partnership between the council and Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action established an online ordering system which provided a home delivery service of period products.

A dedicated email address and phone number were established to enable ordering and delivery of period products to residents by volunteers within a week. Since the service has been established, a total of 350 deliveries have been made.

The committee will hear that these successful partnerships will continue to shape the school and community delivery models of free access to period products in the city.

A report details how the Period Products in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2020 are coming into force this month across Scotland.

Depute committee convener Councillor Roisin Smith said: “I am pleased at the rate of progress that has been made across Dundee and proud of the role that young people have played.

“This is an important step in making Dundee a better and fairer city.

Cllr Smith added: “The report shows how we are committed to provide sensitive and sensible solutions.

“I would also like to praise all those who have been involved in the delivery service to keep supplies ongoing during the pandemic.”

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