Stirling Council is trialing a new free online ordering service to ensure young people are ‘period protected’ during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Free sanitary products for young people

With school collection points temporarily closed due to the current crisis, the local authority has teamed up Scottish social enterprise, Hey Girls, so pupils and young people can continue to access free sanitary products.

You can use the service if you are aged up to 25, and live, go to school or work/volunteer in the Stirling Council area. A Stirling post code must be provided for delivery.

Young people in Stirling can order the products via the Young Scot website, with a range of products available across four care packs.

Funded by the Scottish Government, the trial is open now and will last until 25 May before being reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Essential provision remains available

Convener of Stirling Council’s Children and Young People Committee, Cllr Susan McGill said: “By opening up the conversation around periods, changing perceptions and educating the wider community, Stirling’s young people ensured the introduction of free sanitary products in our schools was a huge success.

“With schools still closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak, it was important we quickly put in place these temporary measures so this essential provision remains available to our young people in these challenging times.

Monitor the trial

Vice Convener of the Committee, Cllr Christine Simpson said: “Periods don’t stop during pandemics so it was vital we got these arrangements up and running to prevent young people across Stirling missing out on sanitary products.

“We are pleased to continue working with Hey Girls to deliver this service, and we will monitor the trial to ensure it fulfils the needs of our young people.”

At the end of the initial trial period, the survey monkey online form will close and orders will be confirmed, packed and delivered to homes.

Please note that products may take up to six weeks to arrive once ordered. We will work to keep this time as short as possible but we also want you to plan ahead.  If you don’t receive your order after six weeks please email: SPandYP@stirling.gov.uk

For more details and to make an order, visit: https://www.young.scot/get-informed/stirling/period-protected-during-covid-19

More information:

For all the latest Stirling Council education updates during Coronavirus (COVID-19), please use the following link: https://www.stirling.gov.uk/learning-education/coronavirus-education-updates/

The NHS Inform website is producing regularly updated guidance on COVID-19 and we would recommend this as the best resource for the latest information and advice.

Residents in need of care, essential supplies or support can contact 01786 404040 and have their requirements formally recorded by Stirling Council’s community response teams. You can also fill in our Support for People online form.