OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE:
STOP IN A PANDEMIC
Dear Volunteers, Drop-in Partners and Supporters,
First of all, I want to thank you for your wonderful support in the past couple of weeks. To those volunteers and followers who have gone out of their way to contact us, offering their support and love, we love you — thank you so much. To those of you who have donated cash to top up our pad fund, thank you so much to you too — we need all the support you can give to keep going. When all of this is over, periods will very much still be on the agenda, and we will need to continue being there for people who cannot afford essential products.
However, it is with a heavy heart that we will be cancelling all volunteer shifts, and graciously turning down all offers of physical support from our brilliant friends, volunteers and followers, for the foreseeable future. We will be following government guidelines, which means we will not be deploying any members of staff or volunteers to log, sort, or deliver period products, to ensure that we play our part in minimising any spread of the virus, and keep everyone as safe as possible.
From Monday 23rd March, we have been operating entirely online and via phone, and no BGP staff members or volunteers are expected to leave their home.
We still want to support as many people as we possibly can, so have implemented a trust-based “Take What You Need” (TWYN) scheme via our storage facility in Alexandra Palace.
We have a large supply of period products in our storage facility, and will be opening this up to anyone who needs them particularly drop-in centres, refuges, homeless shelters and food banks. We are also supplying frontline NHS workers who are struggling to access period essentials. Please feel free to share this information with relevant stakeholders. We will also continue to bulk deliver supplies to centres outside London wherever we can.
If you want to take advantage of or share this scheme, please scroll down for all the info. If you want to help us, then please pass this information onto anyone you may know who needs it, and please please donate wherever possible, or fundraise for us. We expect to need to replenish supplies frequently to ensure that everyone can access what they need, and have additional delivery costs too - so we can only do this with your support.
Thank you so bloody much for your support . It is very much appreciated.
In blood and solidarity,
Gabby and the BGP team. xx
(If you're able to)
How to access period products from our Take What You Need (TWYN) scheme
The TWYN scheme will be available to everyone, but you will either need to collect the products or organise someone to do so. You do not need to have worked with us before, or be signed up as a current partner. You may send a trusted third party to collect supplies on your behalf, e.g. taxi drivers.
England and Wales (non-London) drop-in centres and food banks
Wherever possible, we will continue to deliver through Easho or Amazon to the centres which remain open. Please contact us if you need further supplies.
In the event of our suppliers no longer being able to deliver, we will support regional groups wherever possible on a case by case basis. i.e. we may be able to support the cost transport of products out of London.
London Centres and Individuals (and anyone able to access Alexandra Palace)
We will operate a “take what you need” (TWYN) service from our Safestore facility in Alexandra Palace.
Individuals we work with, who we are already in contact with, are welcome to access us on an individual basis to receive products for their household or themselves, and we will deliver online, wherever possible. They can pick up from Safestore.
Those who are unable to purchase products in shops due to low stock levels, or who are in financial hardship as a result of the pandemic, may also access the TWYN service.
Our TWYN service will extend to anyone, but with the request that if you are able - now or later - please donate to BGP.
In order to access this scheme, please email Alix Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that Alix works part-time, and also has her little children at home, so please allow plenty of time for her to respond! You can also send any questions to me personally, at email@example.com.
Please feel free to share this with anyone who may need it.