New Period Poverty scheme in Chester


dA new initiative to help alleviate period poverty has been launched in Chester.

Everyone should have access to sanitary products…period has been set up by The Welcome Network and Chester Voluntary Action and will provide a drop-off point for sanitary products which will then be distributed to several local charities and community groups who help those most in need.

“Poverty isn’t always about fuel or food,” says Clare Harrison, Deputy Chief Executive of Chester Voluntary Action.  “When you realise that 1 in 10 young women can’t afford menstrual products then you realise something has to be done.”

Local Councillor, Nicole Mearden, Cabinet Minister for Children and Families added: ‘Period Poverty is often hidden because many people find it difficult to talk about. It is shocking that many girls and women in our community cannot afford menstrual products. This often leads to girls missing school and women too embarrassed to leave their home. Nobody should be disadvantaged by what is a natural and unavoidable process.’

If you would like to support this initiative, you can find donation points at the reception in the Bluecoat building on Upper Northgate Street and at Wesley Church Centre, St John Street.  These are open 10-4pm, Monday to Friday (Wesley Church Centre is also open 10-3pm on a Saturday)