Hello and welcome to nicspicknmix. Today I am introducing you all to something completely different to what I normally blog about.
I put myself forward to spread the word about an amazing charity project, which helps homeless women to overcome certain obstacles in their lives. The Simon Community Scotland charity helps over 500 women. They aim to help women to gain control of their lives and to be given emergency accommodation to keep them safe and off the street through their street team. The Simon Community Scotland along with the street team are now launching a Period Friendly programme to help these women to maintain their dignity, to show that there are people who care and services to both support and listen to them. We need to stand together and make a change as no woman or girl should ever have to be in the position to have to make a D.I.Y tampon or towel, wear the same pair of pants for days on end. No woman or girl should ever have to change behind a bin either! He Simon Community Scotland makes a good point that “the smallest bit of generosity can go a long, long way” and I couldn’t agree more’!
In order for this to happen and to give these women the help that they need, Simon Community Scotland are launching a brand new project on the 23rd August 2017 in Glasgow which has been called: Period Friendly Point (PFP). This is hoped to help homeless women to have ‘a period of dignity’.
So how exactly will this project work?
The Period Friendly Points are locations which are catered for the homeless. The project once it has grown overtime more organisations will hopefully be keen to help out. The PFP’s will have a display which will have free and easily accessible sanitary products, wipes, pants and disposable bags and information leaflets about the products. There will also be pregnancy tests and infection tests there to give women the peace of mind should these be required. Not only will there be products handed out but members of staff will be there to chat to should there be anything the women need to talk about.
Not only are they doing all of the above but the street team are to be handing out Period Friendly Pax which are discrete and compact bags for women who are sleeping rough. The bags include tampons, towels, pants, wipes and disposable bags. The perfect thing about these bags is they can be refilled by the street team or at the nearest PFP. There will also be information given in the bag about what this project is about and where they can go for help etc.
This project is a fantastic idea and one I am happy to be blogging about. Every woman experiences periods and we all know how expensive these products are to buy. Periods shouldn’t be seen as a topic that we don’t speak about instead we should be supporting one another through it like the Simon Community Scotland are setting out to do. Women should be empowering one another and by doing a small it it will make a huge difference to a woman or girl somewhere.
How can you help ?
It will cost the Simon Community around £15 for a five day supply which includes: 5 towels, 12 tampons, 3 pairs of pants, travel wipes, disposable bags and information. If you would like to donate please textPFPR28 to 70070 with the amount you would like to donate: £5 or £10.
There is another way that you can help, if you have have a couple of hours to spare a month or a week we’d welcome your help. What we need our P.F.Pals to do is:
Visit the period friendly points and restock their supplies
Collect and sort donations into Pax and refresher packs at our warehouse in Glasgow
Help raise funds and products to maintain the period friendly points and pax.
Support, promote and raise awareness of the issues homeless women experience.
Be a listening ear and a support to the women we reach out to.
I think you will agree that this is a fantastic project and one that is long overdue. I hope we can all do our bit to help and support to keep this project alive to help,our fellow sisters.
For more information please visit the web links below:
I would like to send a huge thank you to Kirstin and all the team at the Simon Community Scotland for all their hard work. I am honoured to be blogging about this project and I hope to help out more.
Thank you for reading and I hope you are able to help out in some way.