Care packs for ‘cri­sis’

‘We need more do­na­tions and more fund­ing to help’

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - YOURVOICE - BY ADAm HIll

A CHAR­ITY is set to hand out care packs to women around Dundee in a bid to com­bat an on­go­ing pe­riod poverty “cri­sis”.

Dundee-based char­ity Pos­i­tive Steps re­cently launched the Hy­giene for the Home­less cam­paign after the rise in women around Dundee strug­gling to pay for san­i­tary items.

It comes after they re­vealed that women in their thou­sands were hav­ing to choose be­tween es­sen­tials such as food and elec­tric­ity and san­i­tary prod­ucts be­cause of fi­nan­cial hard­ship.

Jane Reid, man­ager of Pos­i­tive Steps, told the Tele the ini­tia­tive was launched after the group — which ded­i­cates time and re­sources into try­ing to tackle and al­le­vi­ate issues sur­round­ing home­less­ness — found that there was a cri­sis around the is­sue in Dundee.

She said: “The packs in­clude de­odor­ant, wipes and san­i­tary tow­els. It’s enough for two or three days, so it is an emer­gency pack.

“We have man­aged to fund 200 packs and we have fund­ing to do another 150. That is the tip of the ice­berg though.

“We need more do­na­tions and more fund­ing to help all of the women that need it.

“There’s still a stigma and taboo at­tached to the is­sue. It is a cri­sis but it is some­thing that peo­ple don’t feel com­fort­able speak­ing about.”

Michelle McGraw, Hy­giene for the Home­less project leader, added: “There are women that are hav­ing to do things like go to a church and use their pa­per tow­els as san­i­tary tow­els be­cause they don’t have the money to pay for them.”

Jane added that the im­pact of pe­riod poverty can af­fect younger women in par­tic­u­lar, es­pe­cially those who are still in ed­u­ca­tion.

She added that some older women were also at a high risk of suf­fer­ing from pe­riod poverty be­cause the on­set of menopause can worsen symp­toms.

Pos­i­tive Steps will be dis­tribut­ing the packs around places in­clud­ing Lochee, the city cen­tre’s Steeple Church and Cold­side Par­ish Church’s Main Street cafe on a rolling ba­sis.

Peo­ple who want to con­trib­ute items are able to phone Pos­i­tive Steps or al­ter­na­tively can visit them at their Swan House premises.

Oth­ers who want to do­nate money to the cam­paign can visit just­giv­ cam­paigns/char­ity/pos­i­tivestep­sp­ship/hy­gien­e­forthe­home­less.

Jane Reid and Michelle McGraw with the care packs they are set to hand out to com­bat the on­go­ing pe­riod poverty “cri­sis”.

Con­tents of the care pack set to be handed out.

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