A mobile app has been launched to allow users to identify locations across Scotland where period products can be accessed for free.
The PickupMyPeriod app currently links to over 700 venues in many communities where free products are available – and the number is expected to grow where further local authorities join the app.
Scotland was the first country in the world to make period products widely available for free – firstly in schools, colleges and universities, then followed by wider access in communities. The PickupMyPeriod app builds on this world-leading work.
MSP Natalie Don, who was a supporter of a free sanitary products law for those who need it when she was a Renfrewshire Councillor, told Renfrewshire News: “This app is a vital tool for anyone looking for period products. There are already over 30 venues across Renfrewshire and Inverclyde which can be found on this app and many more across Scotland.
“Period products are a necessity which is why it is so encouraging to see progress being made to deliver the Scottish Government’s Period Products (Free Provision) Scotland Act 2021 which will ensure that sanitary items are free and accessible to anyone who needs them.
“As the cost of living continues to soar, this will be a lifeline for many young girls and women so I would encourage anyone in need of period products to download this app to find out the closest place to access them.”
Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison launched the app virtually with pupils from St Paul’s High School in Glasgow last week, Ms Robison said: “The app is a fantastic tool that will help everyone who wants to access free period products for themselves, a family member or friend to easily find them in many places across Scotland.
“I’m thankful for the support of local authorities in the implementation of access to free period products in Scotland. Young women and girls have been crucial in developing the best ways to access products to meet their needs and I’m grateful to them for sharing their views.”
Celia Hodson, Founder & CEO of Hey Girls and My Period, said: “This is a ground-breaking project for Scotland. For the first time, people across the country will be able to use an app to find and access free period products that they can walk or drive to easily.
“As a Scottish-based social enterprise whose core goal is to help eradicate period poverty, it was great to have our app idea adopted, part-funded and supported by the Scottish Government. PickupMyPeriod will act as a fantastic tool to raise awareness of period poverty and equality, as well as providing support to people who need a little extra support across Scotland.”
For the iOS version of the PickupMyPeriod app: click here
And for the Android version of the PickupMyPeriod app: click here