Health sec­re­tary lends sup­port to project help­ing city’s women

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

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