What is Bloody good period all about?
Bloody Good aims to create a sustainable flow (pun intended) of sanitary protection for those who can't afford it.
We supply two asylum seeker drop in centres based in North London (New North London Synagogue and the New London Synagogue) as well as other food banks and centres in the UK.
Our ambition is to supply many more food banks and drop-in centres across the UK so that bloody good periods can be had by all!
why do we do what we do?
Pads and tampons are not cheap, but they are an essential part of life for anyone with a period.
Many people living in poverty simply cannot afford to buy the items they need and resort to using toilet paper, old scraps of fabric or nothing at all. As if they didn't have enough to worry about already.
We want to make periods less of a bloody pain for people living in poverty by removing the financial burden of buying sanitary products.
Who receives the donations?
We supply two asylum seeker drop-in centres based in North London as well as other food banks and centres in the UK. Anyone coming to one of these drop-ins is eligible to take our products without judgement, prejudice or charge.
We occasionally supply stock when it's needed by other relief efforts - for example we contributed around 1500 packs of pads to the victims of the Grenfell fire back in June.
If you want to read more about what we do and who we help, check out this Buzzfeed article interviewing our founder, Gabby Edlin!
Where are the drop-in centres located?
New North London Synagogue,
80 East End Road,
London N3 2SY
School House, Stanley Road Campus, Eagans Close,
London N2 8GA
Check our events page for details of when the next drop-in sessions will be.
Can I volunteer at the drop-in events?
What are the most useful items to donate?
Just pop any goodies you want to donate in the post to our address: Bloody Good Period, 96a Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7AQ.
Cash donations are incredibly valuable. We are - of course - not-for-profit and we use your money to help make sure there is enough stock for each of the drop in centres, bulk-buying things like nappies (so we get the right sizes for the little'uns), transporting supplies from A to B, insurance and other admin costs.
What about tampons and menstrual cups?
For largely cultural and practical reasons, pads are the preferred type of sanitary product by most of the lovely people at the drop-in centres.
We know that many of our wonderful, kind, thoughtful supporters also feel very passionate about the damaging effect that products like sanitary towels have on the environment, and as a feminist organisation, this is something BGP is concerned about too.
We are working with the menstrual cup charity, The Cup Effect to provide in-depth education for the people we work with (for more info, please read the full blog post on this topic). However, both organisations feel strongly that everyone should be able to choose their preferred period paraphernalia free from judgement, so we will continue to supply the preferred brands and types of pads for as long as they're needed.
This is, of course, an ongoing dialogue so please feel free to contact us regarding it. If you don't want to buy from the major brands, then do make your donations from ethicalsuperstore.com where you can find organic and biodegradable pads.
what about men/non-menstruators?
We also collect other essential items such as toiletries, deodorants, toothbrushes and nappies which are, of course, available for free to anyone who comes to our drop-ins.
I want to help! How do I get involved?
Lovely! We are always looking for people to volunteer their skills and time!
Read more about it on our Volunteer page by clicking the link below.