Health secretary lends support to project helping city’s women
A local MSP has backed a charity working with women in the city who are homeless or living in poverty.
Health Secretary Shona Robison, who is MSP for Dundee East, is supporting the Hygiene Project.
Launched as part of the Positive Steps Partnership, the scheme hands out free packs of sanitary products and toiletries at accessible locations across the city, including Lochee Community Hub, St Salvador’s Church, the Lifegate Community Café and more.
The project is managed by Michelle McGraw, who met the Cabinet secretary yesterday.
Ms Robison said the initiative was a positive step in making sure women across Dundee would not have to experience “period poverty”.
She said: “It was a pleasure to learn more about this fantastic initiative, which is doing great work to tackle period poverty in Dundee.
“This is a huge support to local women in my constituency who may be experiencing financial difficulties – particularly as we head into the Christmas season and household budgets are squeezed.
“No woman in Dundee should have to experience period poverty, and I’m delighted to see these local efforts.
“I applaud Michelle and her team for the work that they’re doing and would encourage anyone interested to consider what they can contribute or how they get involved.”
The initiative launched in September and since then more than 300 packs have been distributed in Dundee.
As well as providing either sanitary towels or tampons, each pack contains wipes and a deodorant.
Michelle McGraw and Shona Robison MSP.