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South Norfolk Council tackles period poverty

Around 1,000 sanitary products were donated by local Co-ops to South Norfolk Council this week to support the Tricky Period scheme.

Library services have given out over 200 products to women in need.
Library services have given out over 200 products to women in need.

The generous donation came as the scheme, which supports women on low incomes by providing free sanitary products, celebrates its first year.

Over the past 12 months the Council’s Help Hub and Norfolk County Council library services have given out over 200 products to women in need at libraries across the district.

Women are able to ask for sanitary products at all nine libraries in South Norfolk, with no questions asked.

South Norfolk Council Cabinet Member Yvonne Bendle said: “Thank you to all the customers and staff at Co-op for supporting this scheme and for everyone who has donated over the past year.

“Sadly, research shows that girls are missing school because of period poverty and it has a knock-on effect on their success, confidence and happiness.

“Thanks to the generosity of the community and organisations like Co-op, we’re able to support those who need it most, raise awareness of this hidden problem and help end the stigma around it.”

Sam Winter, Area Manager for Co-op Food, said: “This appeal is making a huge difference to women and girls in our communities - removing anxiety and worry at a difficult time, while raising awareness to confront the issue. I think it is an excellent campaign.

“As a community retailer we work to connect communities and bring people together, this initiative makes a real difference by re-distributing sanitary items to those who, for whatever reason, are in need of support.

“I would like to say thank you to our members, customers and colleagues who have responded brilliantly and supported the appeal - every donation, no matter how small, will make a big difference to someone in our community in need of help and support.”

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