Frequently asked questions

WHO RECEIVES THE DONATIONS?


We are partnered with over 40 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?


We are partnered with more than 50 drop-in centres in London and across the country. Donations cannot be taken directly to drop-ins, and most of them are currently closed due to the Covid 19 situation.




WHAT ARE THE MOST USEFUL ITEMS TO DONATE?


Right now we can't accept physical donations, as the reception at our storage unit is closed due to the Covid19 situation. The best thing you can do to support our work right now is to donate money, or fundraise for us. THANK YOU.




WHAT ABOUT MENSTRUAL CUPS, PERIOD PANTS AND WASHABLE PADS?


Thank you so much for asking, but we're not currently accepting donations of these items. We totally get how brilliant reusable products are, but in many cases they're not suitable for many of the women we work with - see below for more info. Where we are able to hold more in-depth discussions and education sessions (more info here), we are sometimes asked for cups by women who are ready to try using them - in which case we supply them directly. Pads are still the item we are most frequently asked to supply. We wholeheartedly encourage anyone who has the luxury of choice, and who is able to choose reusable, plastic-free period supplies, to do do just that - but here are some of the reasons why that's not the case for everyone. 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 the products they are familiar with and feel comfortable with. If you’re interested in donating supplies that are ethically produced and organic, then please do consider donating products via Freda, or Naty and Natracare. If you want to learn more, have a listen to Gabby talking about product preference on Reni Eddo-Lodge’s About Race podcast.




WHAT ABOUT MEN AND PEOPLE WHO DON'T MENSTRUATE?


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?


We would bloody love you to! Here are some options.




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 - please do see our fundraising info here to give you lots of ideas and inspiration!




CAN I DONATE SINGLE/LOOSE PRODUCTS OR OPENED PACKS?


We ask that you only donate closed and new packets of pads please, as part of our mission to ensure that everyone we work with has a bloody good period. Here’s why single/loose/opened packets don't tend to help us to do that:

1. Knowing what we’re giving out

Although brands spend a lot of time detailing what type of pad is in the packet on the outer packaging (absorbency, size, fit, and so on), this information isn’t generally on the individual wrappers of the pads or tampons themselves. So we can’t give the women and people we work with what they need… because we don’t know what we’ve got!

2. Giving out the good stuff

Often loose products are not in the most tip-top condition. They’ve been in a bag for a while and have got a bit bashed/fluffy/you know how it is. We only give people products that are in good condition, and don’t believe anyone should be grateful to receive a fluff-covered, tatty old pad. We also want to give out full packs of products because they’re going to be far more useful to someone who needs pads, than the odd one or two (we’re all about the sustainable flow babes).

3. Expiry dates

Yep, tampons expire! After their expiry date they are not guaranteed, by their manufacturers, to be safe to use. They could harbour potentially harmful bacteria that could lead to irritation or infection. So if we don’t have packaging for tampons that contain the expiry date, we can’t be sure that we are giving out safe products. (Also see above on tampons in general – they’re not as popular as pads so we far prefer you to send us the latter pleeeeeease!)




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


Old/loose/single/tatty period products can’t be given out (see above), 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.





Donations of unopened packets of pads can be sent directly to:

Bloody Good Period, SafeStore, Alexandra Palace Way, London N8 7HP

Office Address (for admin thangs only please, no pads here!):

Bloody Good Period, The Interchange, Father Thomas Room, St Mary's Flats, Drummond Crescent, London, NW1 1LB

Email us: hello@bloodygoodperiod.com

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