Female Support Services
Girl Post - Emergency parcels
"It is a privilege to be able to help out at this difficult time"
Skye Community Response team member Sophie speaks to us today about a project she has set up to assist those in need of support during the pandemic.
"Girl post was a response to the Covid19 pandemic.
Thanks to the fantastic new Bill passed in Scotland, under usual circumstances, many now are able to pick-up tampons and sanitary towels in school or college. However, since the lockdown everyone is stuck at home – and with the added pressure of new financial strains as families lose jobs, people become furloughed it can mean that for many - money is now tighter than ever.
Girl post sends out parcels, filled with period supplies (tampons / pads and some other treats..) to anyone, of any age, who needs them - in the Highlands and Islands. All they have to do is send through an e-mail or a PM on facebook – and packages are posted out two or three times a week, depending on demand.
Since launching, just under three weeks ago, Girl Post has sent out over 60 packages. Girl post is very grateful to have received support from Highland Council, Staffin Community Council & Staffin Trust, Skye & Lochalsh Foodbank, West Highland College, Staffin Youth Club and Glasgow the caring city. Girl post has also received many donations from generous and wonderful people through our justgiving campaign – which will allow us to keep posting for the foreseeable future! Thank you to everyone who has supported this project.
People are really benefiting from this service, and it is a privilege to be able to help out at this difficult time."
"I will keep girl post running for at least another year, if not indefinitely, as there are many people who aren’t school age, but who are struggling financially – and being able to help women and girls get through their periods comfortably to me, is unquestionable. I am passionate about helping women and I’m so pleased I’m able to do a little something – feedback from girl post clients already has been very positive - what a difference having the right supplies and a little bit of chocolate can make to an extra difficult few days of the month in a time when we are all so isolated.
Thank you to everyone who has supported and donated.
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