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WE FIGHT FOR PERIOD EQUITY. BECAUSE EVERYONE DESERVES A BLOODY GOOD PERIOD.

ABOUT US

Menstrual supplies are not cheap, but for anyone with a period, they are, of course, an absolute necessity. 

Sadly, the reality is that they're a luxury that many refugees and asylum seekers living in the UK cannot afford. Many people living in poverty resort to using toilet paper, old scraps of fabric or nothing at all. 
 

Bloody Good Period was started by Gabby Edlin, who decided something needed to be done to create a sustainable flow (pun intended) of menstrual products for those who can't afford to buy them. What started as a whip-round on Facebook is now a growing charity, with a vision to achieve menstrual equity - where the simple fact of bleeding doesn't stop anyone from participating fully in society, or life. 

 

We are now partnered with 100 organisations around the country, helping more women and people who menstruate have bloody good periods.

 

Frequently asked questions

WHO RECEIVES THE DONATIONS?


We are partnered with drop-in centres for refugees and asylum seekers around the country. Anyone coming to one of these drop-ins is eligible to take our products without judgement, prejudice or charge. During the Covid19 pandemic, we are supporting anyone who needs access to period supplies, and have already delivered over 67,000 packs of products to food banks, refuges, organisations supporting asylum seekers and refugees, community groups and NHS frontline staff.




WHERE ARE THE DROP-IN CENTRES LOCATED?


We are partnered with around 100 drop-in centres, in London and across the country. Please note: donations cannot be taken directly to drop-ins, and most of them are currently closed due to the Covid 19 situation.




HOW DO I SUPPORT YOU?


Due to Covid restrictions on volunteering shifts at our storage unit, as well as our changed ways of working to respond to the pandemic, we cannot currently accept physical donations of products. If you're in a position to donate, cash donations enable us bulk order (at preferable prices) the products that are being requested, and send ’em directly to where they’re needed. You can be bloody awesome and donate here, or find out about organising a little (or big!) fundraiser here. THANK YOU.




WHAT ABOUT MENSTRUAL CUPS, PERIOD PANTS AND WASHABLE PADS?


We find that we are overwhelmingly asked for disposable products, and where requested, we include eco-friendly products in that. We also distribute menstrual cups, reusable pads and period pants to anyone who requests them. We cannot currently receive any products due to Covid restrictions, so please do not send any! Thanks so much honey. Why don't you just give everyone cups and washable pads? First and foremost, we trust the women and people we work with to know what products they prefer to use, or would like to try. Additionally, refugees and asylum seekers generally live in accommodation without reliable access to lockable bathrooms, for example, to be able to practice using cups; or reliable washing facilities to keep cups or reusable pads clean. Many have also suffered trauma, at minimum displacement and the journey to reach this country, but possibly also including FGM, which makes using cups difficult or impossible. We therefore prioritise getting these women and people who menstruate the products they are familiar with and feel comfortable with. If you want to learn more, have a listen to Gabby talking about product preference on Reni Eddo-Lodge’s About Race podcast.




I WANT TO HELP! HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?


We would bloody love you to! Check out the options here!




WHAT ABOUT TAMPONS?


Tampons are simply not as popular as pads with the people we work with. We only give away about 1 pack of tampons for every 500 packs of pads! As a result of this we have a huuuuuuge stockpile of tampons at our storage unit, so please don't send us any more. Thank you.




DO BGP DO ANYTHING BEYOND DISTRIBUTING PERIOD PRODUCTS?


Damn right we do! We raise awareness of period poverty and how it affects women and people who menstruate living in poverty (read our report here). We talk about periods, helping to make them a normal, comfortable topic of conversation for everyone (check out our social feeds). We run education sessions for asylum seekers, refugees, and people that cannot normally access it. We're setting up a programme to help workplaces be Bloody Good Employers. We are one of the conveners of the government's Period Poverty Taskforce. Yep, we are all bloody over it.




DOES BGP WORK IN SCHOOLS?


We don't work with schools or colleges, so unfortunately are unable to provide products or other support to these institutions.

The Government's scheme to provide free period products to all English schools scheme has now launched - find further guidance here.

We are delighted that so many schools are passionate about ending period poverty and are keen to fundraise for us - and we've made a special fundraising pack for you! Here it is!




CAN I DONATE SINGLE/LOOSE PRODUCTS OR OPENED PACKS?


At the moment we're not taking any physical product donations, because of the bloody Covid situation. We are, though, bulk buying and delivering period products to groups all over the country - nearly 68-bloody-thousand of them in the last year, and counting. So the best way to support is right now is to make a donation, and we'll turn it into pads for people who need them. Bloody great hey!




WHAT DO YOU DO WITH PRODUCTS YOU CAN'T DISTRIBUTE FOR USE?


Sometimes we receive old/loose/single/tatty period products, and they of course can’t be given out (cos we're all about helping everyone have a bloody good period), and sadly they can’t be recycled. But they can and have been re-used in a whole variety of ways to get the period chat a-flowing: fashion projects, upcycled art, demos, props at comedy fundraisers, and of course tampon bunting. We got great pics right here. However, we don't have the resources to actively collect and re-distribute expired products, so PLEASE don't deliberately send them to us! We're still dealing with a huge stash of ones we've already been sent, so if you'd like to help deal with those with an art project or something else imaginative, please email us.





MEET THE TEAM

All working safely at home/living on Zoom RN

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Becca Liversidge

Social Media Manager

Dora Roberts

Team Virtual Assistant

Diana More

Decolonising Menstruation Project Manager (a joint project with Decolonising Contraception)

Joe Gray

Employers

Programme Lead

Seyi Falodun-Liburd

Leadership Development Programme Lead

Nikki Iyayi

Volunteer & Operations Assistant

Terri Harris

Menstrual Sexual and Reproductive Health Manager

Emma Defoe

Operations & Activism Manager

Rachel Grocott

Director of Communications & Public Fundraising

Gabby Edlin

CEO & Founder

 

OUR BLOODY AMAZING TRUSTEES

Ruby Bayley

Trustee

(Fundraising)

Sue Rubenstein

Trustee

(Chair)

Fiona Yeung

Trustee &

Treasurer

OUR AMBASSADORS

Bunch of bloody legends, spreading the BGP word

Cariad Lloyd

Jen Brister

Alix Fox

Emma Breschi

Jess Megan

Kenny Ethan Jones

Nahla Mahmoud

Bloody Good Period

SafeStore

Alexandra Palace Way

London. N8 7HP

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The Interchange

Father Thomas Room

St Mary's Flats

Drummond Crescent

London. NW1 1LB

We are not accepting pad donations right now - please donate £ instead! 

© 2021 Bloody Good Period

Bloody Good Period is a registered charity: 1185849 / Bloody Good Period Ltd Company Number 11801410.

The Bloody Good Period name is a registered trademark.

Bloody Good Period is a Halo Workplace, and a #ShowTheSalary employer.

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