Library support service to provide free sanitary products

Homeless women and females on low incomes will benefit from a new service set up to provide free sanitary products at Norwich’s main libraries.
Publication Date: 23.09.2017
The Tricky Period project involves the libraries taking donations of products and handing them out to people who cannot afford them, with no questions asked about proof of eligibility. Staff at Tuckswood, Earlham, West Earlham, Mile Cross, Plumstead Road, St Williams Way and The Millennium libraries have been taking in donations of tampons, sanitary towels and carrier bags for the last few weeks ready to start the scheme on Thursday 28 September.
 
Community librarian Caroline Varney-Bowers is behind the project. She said: “I became aware of a project called The Homeless Period where homeless women struggle to afford these items and did some further research about period poverty. I found this is also an issue for young women from low income families and sometimes leads to girls missing school during their period.
 
Order forms will be available in Norwich Libraries at the staff desk (at The Millennium Library this will be the ground floor joining desk). Customers can tick the products they require and hand in their form at the desk and receive the items they need.   The service is available during library opening hours.
 
Just Regional is also supporting the scheme and items can be dropped to their offices in Penfold Street, Aylsham, NR11 6ET to be passed onto Norwich’s Libraries.