Simon Community Scotland’s Period Friendly Project

Simon Community Scotland’s Period Friendly Project provides free period products to anyone who menstruates and is experiencing homelessness in Glasgow, Edinburgh and the surrounding areas.

The Period Friendly Project aims to give people a ‘period of dignity’ providing sanitary products at a Period Friendly Point – safe clean toilets with access to warm water. Provision of Period Friendly Points is helping to address the issue of period poverty – experienced by many people in Scotland.

The Period Friendly Project was launched in 2019. Following the installation of 15 Period Friendly Points at Community Centres and Community libraries in NW Glasgow in 2019, a total of 167 of Glasgow Life Venues will become Period Friendly Points by 2022 – across all areas of Glasgow. We are really excited to roll this out with our partners Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life!

The project is supported by great Period Friendly Volunteers. One of our volunteers, Judith, discusses her experiences of the project:

“Volunteering for me has been a full hearted experience, restoring my faith in humanity. Being surrounded by so many inspiring and kind volunteers has influenced me so much over the past couple of years.

My Period Friendly Point is the CCA (Contemporary Art Centre) in which there are 6 individual points. I think it’s really important that period products are made free for those who need the products. I really love the accessibility of the scheme; in which there’s no shame around having a period – because there shouldn’t be!

I am also a volunteer at the warehouse where I package the Period Packs, so it’s really nice to see the full process in action from packing to distribution.”

To find out more about the Period Friendly Project, and how to volunteer or become a partner, visit the Simon Community website.

Find out where the Period Friendly Points are using this map.

Scotland became the first country in the world to make it a legal right to access free period products in November 2020 when the Scottish Government passed the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill. The Bill aims to ensure all who menstruate can have reasonably convenient access to period products, free of change, when required.