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.
WHERE ARE THE DROP-IN CENTRES LOCATED?
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?
I WANT TO HELP! HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
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
Social Media Manager
Team Virtual Assistant
Decolonising Menstruation Project Manager (a joint project with Decolonising Contraception)
Leadership Development Programme Lead
Volunteer & Operations Assistant
Menstrual Sexual and Reproductive Health Manager
Operations & Activism Manager
Director of Communications & Public Fundraising
CEO & Founder
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