Denbighshire County Council has been ensuring sanitary products have been available to schools and pupils during lockdown.
With support from the Period Dignity in Schools Grant from Welsh Government, the Council has been ensuring eco-friendly sanitary products have been available in 55 schools in Denbighshire during lockdown as well as donating excess supplies to local food banks when schools closed in March.
Staff working for the TRAC 11-24 project have also been working with key agencies within the Council as well as Barnardo’s, Team Around The Family and schools to identify young people who may be impacted by period poverty during COVID-19 and the summer break and 352 packages containing eco-friendly sanitary products have been sent directly to homes.
Councillor Huw Hilditch-Roberts, Lead Member for Education, Children's Services and Public Engagement said: “The Council has been able, with the support of Welsh Government, to ensure sanitary products have been available during lockdown. This was coordinated and managed by staff within the TRAC project and I would like to thank them for their huge effort to get products packaged, labelled and sent out before schools broke up for the summer break.
“The Council is now looking at securing home deliveries for these products through to March next year. This will ensure period poverty will not be a barrier to young people being able to access school for their education as well as providing a discreet service.”
TRAC 11-24 is supported by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government and offers personalised support to young people who are disengaging from education or at risk of becoming NEET (not in engagement, education, or training).