FURTHER education learners attending Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s colleges are now able to receive free sustainable period products, delivered directly to their doorsteps.

This is thanks to a new partnership with “Hey Girls” - an award-winning UK-based period product company whose goal is to eradicate period poverty.

The programme has been developed with Welsh Government funding to promote period dignity across Wales.

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai comprises Coleg Llandrillo (Rhos-on-Sea), Coleg Menai (Bangor) and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor (Dolgellau).

Hey Girls has distributed 1.7 million period products via its home packs initiative.

In addition to Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, many other local authorities and colleges across Wales have also joined forces with Hey Girls.

The period products are chemical-free, responsibly sourced and made from eco-conscious materials including recycled water bottles, organic cotton and sustainable bamboo.

Samantha McIlvogue, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s director of learner services, said: “We are very excited by this new initiative.

“We welcome the support provided by the Welsh Government Period Dignity campaign which has allowed us to provide free products to learners.

“The launch of the new home delivery services means that our learners now have access to free sanitary products, which are delivered straight to their homes in a discreet way.

“As part of our commitment to improving people's futures and to our wellbeing strategy, this funding will allow learners to continue with their studies without having to worry about access to products.

“Being able to order products for free online, delivered to their home, will ensure that learners do not miss out on any college time and they can participate fully in society.”


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Daisy Williams, partnership manager for further education at Hey Girls, said: “Period products are a necessity, but they are expensive.

“Increased cost of living and low budgets can lead to people having to make difficult choices on purchases that can leave them without the right period products, without enough period products, or without any period products at all.

“Increasing access to period products at college is really important. Free products can keep people in further education, improve concentration and engagement and support good health.

“They prevent people having to make dehumanising choices – to wear the wrong product, or a worse quality product, or to wear a product for longer than is hygienic or safe.

“At Hey Girls, we believe that access to quality period products is a right, not a privilege. Free products not only help end period poverty, they promote period equality.”