The East Suffolk Period Poverty scheme is running alongside other schemes, to provide free sanitary items to areas that do not already have an existing provision.
Locations are asked to display an ‘East Suffolk Period Poverty’ sticker in the window, to indicate the premises has a PP Box on site. Those in need of sanitary products can then access these products, free of charge and without question.
Donations are welcome and can be delivered to East Suffolk House and Riverside. Alternatively, donations can be given directly to your local PP Box holder.
To order your PP Box, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01394 444656
You will be responsible for regularly checking stock in your PP Box. To replenish your box please contact East Suffolk Norse on 01394 444046
Free Period is a combination of Lowestoft Food Bank, Lowestoft Rising and Access Community Trust working together
to help those that cannot afford sanitary products to access them from anywhere displaying a poster, free of charge, no proof needed, no questions asked.
Free period was started to respond to schools need and most Lowestoft & Waveney Schools/Colleges now have a box and that it has now expanded to over 25 locations making access even more accessible. People donate via the Food bank collection & Donation scheme and re stocking is done locally via Food bank. If someone contacts the East Suffolk Council they will be directed to Free Period Scheme to supply them.
Suffolk Libraries is piloting providing free sanitary items, no questions asked, in libraries across Suffolk. The items have been donated by customers and supporting organisations East of England Co-op, Pink Parcel and Bloody Good Period and can be requested by completing a simple, discreet form in the library and handing it to a member of staff. For more information or for a full list of supporting libraries, please visit https://www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/health/pride-and-periods/.
The BASIC Life Charity are an independent Christian charitable trust and were formed in 2000. Operating in Felixstowe and the surrounding area's, they run 2 shops selling a range of items and 4 pop up shops. Pop up shops sell food which is past it’s ‘best before’ date and is due to be thrown away. The food is laid out on tables. The people arrive are offered a standard carrier bag for £1 (with a maximum of two per customer). They then simply help themselves to whatever is available, which sometimes includes sanitary items. There are no restrictions on who can or can not attend. Everybody is welcome.
BASIC Life Charity also approached Felixstowe Academy and assisted them in developing their very successful internal campain against period poverty. You can read more about this on the 'school support' tab.