On Friday 28th May, on Menstrual Health Day 2021, Surrey County Council is proud to be launching a ground-breaking initiative with charity Binti International, to provide free period products in selected locations across Surrey and be the first county council in the UK to start eradicating period stigma.
This is what we will be doing:
· Making pads more readily available to those that need them, at various locations across the county
· Collections boxes will to be located in selected libraries (listed below) for Surrey residents and in selected Surrey County Council buildings for employees, providing period dignity at work
· Donation bins will also be provided in libraries for Surrey residents to support this great initiative by donating products
· We're encouraging businesses to provide similar amenities for their employees as well, so no one has to manage their periods without products being available.
A Binti app is also available to download so residents can find the nearest location where free period products are available to collect and where you can donate. The app is available to download on the Apple app store for IOS users or the Google Play store for Android users.
Tim Oliver, Leader of Surrey County Council said: “I’m delighted this initiative is launching and it’s something we’re very proud to be a part of. Period products should be available to anybody who needs them, and it’s great that Surrey is leading the way in making this a reality.
“We would hate to think anybody would suffer in silence without access to these products for fear of shame or indignity. That absolutely should not be the case, and we hope that this initiative is an important step towards eradicating that stigma.”
Katie Stewart, Strategic Lead for Equality Diversity and Inclusion at Surrey County Council, said: “Surrey County Council is proud to be involved in this initiative in partnership with Binti International to provide equal access to pads so no one need suffer the indignity of managing their period without period products.
“We hope that Surrey residents will support this great initiative by donating products, and that businesses across the county will do so by providing products for their employees, so that more and more collection and donation points across Surrey can be provided. It’s time for period dignity across Surrey”.
Binti International founder, Manjit K Gill said: “As we celebrate our 7th year, we are delighted to announce this new campaign with Surrey County Council. As the first period charity in the UK, our grass root level conversations have taught us that deep rooted barriers to breaking stigmas attached to periods, are shared by all communities in one way or another. It’s been good to see organisations raising awareness of period poverty in the UK and offering free pads, especially in the pandemic. However, the provision of free period products satisfies the immediacy of the need, this isn’t a catalyst for change if it’s not partnered with normalising the period discussion. We have to be brave enough to challenge the reason behind the shame that leads to so many women and girls suffering in silence – not talking about it.
There will be donation bins and collection boxes where residents can help themselves to pads, in selected libraries across Surrey: Ash, Ashford, Ashtead, Addlestone, Banstead, Bookham, Camberley, Caterham Hill, Caterham Valley, Chertsey, Cobham, Cranleigh, Dittons, Dorking, Egham, Epsom, Esher, Ewell, Farnham, Frimley Green, Godalming, Guildford, Haslemere, Hersham, Horley, Horsley, Knaphill, Leatherhead, Lightwater, Merstham, Molesey, Oxted, Redhill, Reigate, Shepperton, Staines, Stanwell, Sunbury, Walton, West Byfleet, Weybridge, Woking.
There will also be donation bins and collection boxes available in Surrey County Council buildings at Quadrant Court – Woking, Consort House – Redhill, Fairmount House – Leatherhead, Woodhatch Place – Reigate and Ashley Park House – Walton-on-Thames.
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