Free Period Products

Free Period Products: Highland

In line with the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act 2021 which aims to tackle period poverty, promote period dignity and break the stigma surrounding periods in Scotland, free period products can now be picked up from over 70 community venues across Highland.

Who can access free period products?

Everyone can access the free period products. Whether you need them for yourself or for someone else, if you live or work locally, or you are visiting the Highlands, you are welcome to take what you need at our collection points.

Where can I collect free period products?

Free period products are currently available in a number of community premises, such as leisure centres, libraries and Council service points. 

You can access information on community collection points in Highland on the MyPeriodLive website or via the PickUpMyPeriod app.. The information there will be updated regularly and includes a map of current community collection points in Highland and across Scotland. To download the app visit the Apple Store for IOS devices or Google Play for Android devices.

If you are a pupil or a student, you will be able to access free period products in your school or college.

What types of products are available?

You can currently access disposable pads and tampons at our pick-up points. We will soon be looking at how we can offer reusable period products too.

What is being done locally in Highland?

In line with requirements of the Act, a public consultation was carried out between July and August 2022 to inform community provision. Free tampons and pads are being made available in a number of community locations.  Following analysis of the consultation, we will further consider how we can provide a wider range of products and locations as part of the scheme, including environmentally-friendly and reusable products, as well as a home delivery service to those who need it. For further details of the steps we are taking in both schools and the community, you can read our Statement on Exercise of Functions.

We have been supplying free period products in schools in Highland since 2018/19. During the 2022/23 school year we will engage with young people in schools in order to understand how this provision is working and to consider what improvements can be made.

Contact

If you have any requests or comments regarding the free provision of period products in Highland, email us at period.products@highland.gov.uk.