To mark Dignity Action Day on 1st February, we are delighted to announce a partnership with W.I.N.G.S Cymru to reduce the stigma around talking about periods and provide free sanitary items to young women across Gwent.

Through running the SAFE (Sexual Awareness for Everyone) project, which aims to improve the personal safety and good sexual health of young women with learning difficulties aged 16 to 35, the team have heard examples of girls having to miss school or college because they couldn’t afford sanitary products or were embarrassed to discuss it with anyone.

Our Development Manager Sianne Morgan said: “Through running our workshops we have heard examples of girls putting socks or toilet paper in their underwear because they could not afford sanitary products. This isn’t discretionary but essential healthcare and we are teaming up with W.I.N.G.S Cymru to address this.

“Our office in Pontypool will become a drop off point for menstrual products and we will work with the local special needs schools and colleges to donate them and work with our SAFE volunteers to raise awareness while delivering workshops, and addressing the stigma of talking about periods.

“There will be an Ambassador and teacher representative in each school or ILS department of colleges who can be a point of contact for students to ask for their free supply of products and young women can also drop into our office and receive a supply direct.”

W.I.N.G.S Cymru (Women in Need Getting Support) is a project that organises fund raising events and collects donations of menstrual products in the community and donates them to the food bank and homeless projects and have now set up a mainstream school project.

Cllr Gemma Hartnoll, a founding member of W.I.N.G.S, stated:

“W.I.N.G.S Cymru is excited to be working with Volunteering Matters to address period poverty in Gwent and to be part of the launch to raise awareness on Dignity Action Day.”

If you would like to donate menstrual products or volunteer for the SAFE project, please call in to the office at 1 Portland Buildings, Commercial Street, Pontypool, NP4 6JS

Contact Number: 01495 750333

or email:

Sianne.morgan@volunteeringmatters.org.uk