Libraries’ Tricky Period project extended to West Norfolk following high demand in Norwich

10 January 2018

Homeless women and those on low incomes in West Norfolk will benefit from the extension of a service set up to provide free sanitary products at libraries.

The widening of Norfolk Library Service’s Tricky Period project to venues in Dersingham, Downham Market, Gaywood, Hunstanton and King’s Lynn libraries comes following a successful launch in the Norwich area.

Libraries take donations of products and hand them to people who cannot afford them, with no questions asked about proof of eligibility.  They have also started to assist local community organisations who also need supplies for their service users.

Tuckswood, Earlham, West Earlham, Mile Cross, Plumstead Road, St Williams Way and Norwich’s Millennium libraries have been running the scheme since the Autumn with more than 250 packs already handed out to individuals and community organisations and donations continuing to come in.

Staff at West Norfolk libraries are now also taking in donations of tampons, sanitary towels and carrier bags ready to start the scheme in February.

Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, said:  “Sadly, the great response to the first part of this project shows how much it is really needed and how many women are affected by period poverty.  We’ve given around 250 packs of pads and tampons to local organisations, refuges and individuals in just three months in the Norwich area and taken in donations of around 500 packs.

“Extending the service to West Norfolk will mean that libraries and communities can provide this important service to women in that area too.”

Order forms will be available in Dersingham, Downham Market, Gaywood, Hunstanton and King’s Lynn libraries at the staff desk.  Customers can tick the products they require and hand in their form at the desk and receive the items they need.

Norfolk County Council’s Library and Information Service works closely with the Council’s Public Health team on the Healthy Libraries project to improve awareness, information and support around health and wellbeing to people living in Norfolk.

This also includes supporting and promoting public-health campaigns about issues, including dementia awareness and reducing childhood obesity.  Libraries work with local and national organisations to host events which encourage people to improve their health and wellbeing though exercise and advice about healthy eating.

The service is available during library opening hours.

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