#EndPeriodPoverty this Christmas

As Christmas approaches Soroptimist International Middlesbrough is highlighting the issue of period poverty, which can make this happy time of year very difficult for those less fortunate.

The organisation kindly donated a supply of sanitary products to the Acklam Green Centre in the summer for girls and women who are unable to afford to purchase them themselves, and these are now available from the Resource Centre, Actes’ Trending clothing bank as well as at AGC.

The Middlesbrough branch of SI, a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls, is supporting the #EndPeriodPoverty campaign with the donation of the products which have been made available for those visiting the centres, as well as local-residents and Trending clients, to access discreetly.

Pauline Reed membership officer and immediate past president from SI Middlesbrough, said: “Christmas is often a time when people in difficult circumstances can struggle more than usual. Some girls and women are forced to use old clothes, toilet paper and newspapers as alternative solutions to sanitary products, while others have to rely on friends and foodbanks for handouts.

“We hope that the donation of sanitary products will ease the stress a little for people who are struggling at this time of year.”

Females who require products should visit the reception desk at Acklam Green Centre and the Resource Centre and ask for the ‘toiletries box’ where they will be handed a box to take into a private room and select their required products before handing the box back in. 

Donna Smith, centre manager for Acklam Green Centre, said: “We are pleased to continue to support SI Middlesbrough’s #EndPeriodPoverty campaign.  Christmas can be a difficult time for many, so any ladies and girls who would otherwise struggle to purchase these products for themselves are encouraged to come and speak to our reception desks before the centre’s close for Christmas on 21st, where their request will be dealt with discreetly.”