The UK government has implemented a scheme (Period product scheme for schools and colleges in England) to ensure that period products, such as pads and tampons, are available to all girls and women who need them in schools and colleges. The scheme aims to reduce the stigma surrounding periods and ensure that having periods does not act as a barrier to education.
The scheme is not a universal offer of free period products to everyone under the age of 19 but is intended for those who may have forgotten their products, cannot afford them or have come on their period unexpectedly.
Girls and women under 19 in the current academic year are eligible for support, while women aged 19 or over may only receive support if they are continuing on a study program they began aged 16 to 18 or have an education, health, and care plan.
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Ensuring that period products, such as pads and tampons, are available to all students who need them is crucial in ensuring that periods don’t become a barrier to education. The Period Product Scheme for schools and colleges in England provides free period products for girls, women, and learners who identify as non-binary or transgender, who may need access to these products while at school or college.
To make the scheme work for your school or college, you will be able to select from a range of period products that vary in type, size, and brand, based on individual needs and preferences. Engaging with student councils, holding informal discussions with learners, and sending out anonymous surveys are effective ways to gather the views of girls and women about the types of products to keep in stock. Participants in our research emphasized the importance of prioritizing comfort, familiarity, and value for money when choosing products.
It’s important to note that parents or carers may object to the use of some period products, and it’s essential to consider the views of girls and women and parents or carers from all religious and cultural backgrounds when ordering products. Additionally, not all period products are suitable for girls and women with specific disabilities, so it’s crucial to gather the views of disabled girls and women and make suitable products available in your setting.
By participating in the Period Product Scheme, you can help reduce the stigma surrounding periods and ensure that girls and women have access to the products they need to access education.
The period product scheme for schools and colleges in England has been a game-changer in ensuring that all girls, women, and learners who have periods can access the products they need to access education. But with this new initiative comes a new challenge: how to distribute these products in a way that is discreet, convenient, and accessible.
That’s where our pick-and-mix units come in. These units, traditionally used in sweet shops and other retail settings, are now being repurposed as storage units for period products in schools and colleges across the country.
So, how does it work? Pick and mix units have multiple compartments, which make them perfect for storing a variety of period products, such as pads, tampons, and menstrual cups. These units can be placed in strategic locations throughout the school or college, such as in restrooms or near the school nurse’s office, making it easy for girls and women to access the products they need whenever they need them.
What’s more, pick-and-mix units are easy and quick to use, which is crucial for reducing the stigma surrounding periods. Girls and women can access the products they need without drawing attention to themselves or feeling embarrassed.
Using pick and mix units for the period product scheme is also cost-effective. These units are relatively inexpensive, and they can be reused year after year, which means that schools and colleges can save money on storage solutions for period products.
If you’re considering implementing the period product scheme in your school or college, pick-and-mix units are an excellent option for storage. They’re discreet, convenient, and cost-effective, and they can help ensure that all girls, women, and learners have access to the products they need to succeed in their education.
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