Staff and visitors to fire stations in Staffordshire will have free sanitary products available as part of a new partnership with Period Power.
Free sanitary products will be available in all women’s toilets across the Fire estate from the start of March to help eradicate period poverty and promote that sanitary products are not a luxury item.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have entered into partnership with the charity Period Power to provide free sanitary products to all its staff, and those who use our partnership and community facilities, if they require them. The cost of sanitary products is often an overlooked expense and there is increasing evidence that women who are struggling to make ends meet will have the indignity of completing their menstruation cycle without the appropriate sanitary products.
Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant said: “I am delighted that the service has entered into this partnership as the first Period Dignity Fire Service in the UK as it shows our wider role in the community and demonstrates the forward-thinking approach of the organisation.
“Our community groups do amazing work helping the most vulnerable in our society. It seems absolutely right to me that we provide the basics like water and toilet facilities for our staff and community groups - why wouldn’t we also offer something as critical as sanitary products?”
Linda Allbutt, trustee of Period Power, said: “We are delighted to announce that we have been working closely with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service in enabling them to place period products in all of their women’s toilets in all of their fire stations and buildings. The sanitary towels and tampons will be available to staff, visitors and community room users for free as they should be.
“We are proud that together we can say that Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is the first Period Dignity Fire and Rescue Service in the UK.”
Linda, along with her fellow trustee Sue Moffatt, delivered a workshop to talk about this important topic at the annual Making a Difference event on Thursday 5 March which the service hosted at the National Arboretum. Period Power will be delivering a number of internal staff workshops across the Service over the next few months, which will also address the alternatives to disposal sanitary products as part of their Tampon Tax education work entitled Seeing Red Going Green.