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Group still tackling period poverty during Covid crisis

A group set-up to tackle period poverty in Swansea has been continuing its work during the coronavirus pandemic by supporting people who need period products by regularly donating to food banks and other drop-ins that are still open at the moment.

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Swansea Takes On Period Poverty (STOPP), which is supported by Swansea Council, has also delivered to individuals that have contacted them directly and are dropping off every couple of weeks to members of the Swansea Women's Asylum Seekers and Refugees group.

Before the Covid-19 crisis began STOPP received £5,000 from the council as part of the community element of the Welsh Government's Period Dignity grant which it used on a range of reusable period products including menstrual cups, washable pads, period pants, and a range of plastic free disposable products.

The intention was to tour community groups and venues with a 'Resuables Roadshow' explaining how the products worked and giving them out to people who wanted to try them but might not be able to afford the initial outlay.

Lockdown meant the group had to change its plans but it still wanted to make the products available to people as they are an alternative to normal throw away pads and tampons for people trying to cut down on their plastic waste and ongoing monthly costs. STOPP has given out more than 500 packs since the crisis began.

Alice Lewis-Gray from the STOPP Committee said,  "We recognise that the Covid-19 crisis has had a significant impact on many household finances so we want to help individuals through the free provision of products, to ensure their menstrual health doesn't suffer as a result. We are especially keen to give people the option to try a reusable product for free and are very grateful to Swansea Council for the grant to help us do this"

Cllr Louise Gibbard, Swansea Council's Champion for Women, said: "It's fantastic that the Council has supported STOPP and is committed to tackling period poverty in Swansea. At a time when so many are struggling, free access to menstrual products means there can be one less thing for them to worry about."

Cllr Alyson Pugh, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Better Communities, said: "I'd like to thank STOPP for its important work both during the current crisis and before. Since it formed the group has taken the lead on tackling period poverty and is behind many innovative schemes to support women in Swansea."

People contact STOPP via its website and social media or by emailing stopp.campaign@gmail.com

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