AN online scheme providing free sanitary products for Inverclyde residents has been extended for another month.
The service will continue until 26 June following a successful trial this month which saw 369 orders placed.
It is being run by Inverclyde Council in partnership with social enterprise Hey Girls.
The initiative was set up to ensure free sanitary items are still accessible while the likes of schools, libraries and community centres are closed because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Councillor Lynne Quinn, Inverclyde’s Women’s Champion, said: “Tackling period poverty is arguably as important now than ever before.
“Many families and individuals are struggling financially as a result of the coronavirus pandemic so it’s crucial that free sanitary products continue to be made as easily accessible as possible.
“An online-based system also helps eliminate the stigma associated with period poverty as women can order and receive products from the privacy of their homes.
“I’m pleased that the council has managed to trial and now extend this initiative.”
To avoid multiple orders being sent to the same household and to ensure people get what they need, families are being asked to consult with each other before ordering.
Products may take up to three weeks to arrive so if anyone has an urgent requirement for a supply they should contact Inverclyde Council’s Education Department by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 717171.
To find out how to place an order, visit www.inverclyde.gov.uk/freesanitaryproducts.
As well as the online delivery service, Inverclyde Foodbank will also continue to receive supplies to add to parcels.