Free Period Products

Free Period Products: Highland

The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act 2021 aims to tackle period poverty, promote period dignity, and break the stigma surrounding periods in Scotland.

What is being done locally in Highland?

We aim to ensure that period products are freely available in Highland and that this work will be carried out in a way that respects the dignity of anyone who needs to access products.

To inform our arrangements for provision in communities, a public consultation was carried out between July and August 2022. Free period products are now available from collection points across Highland or by a home delivery service.

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

For further details of the steps we are taking in both schools and the community, you can read our Statement on Exercise of Functions.

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.

How can I access free period products?

  • Community collection points: Free period products are available in community premises, such as High Life Highland leisure centres, libraries, and Council service points. They will also be provided through community larders and foodbanks through our partnership work with Cfine
  • You can access information on community collection points in Highland on the map in the MyPeriodLive (external link) website or via the PickUpMyPeriod app. To download the app visit:
  • Schools: If you are a pupil at a Highland Council school, you will be able to access free period products in your school.

Home delivery

If you are unable to pick up products in the community, for example because of distance from a location or because you struggle to get out and do not have someone who can collect products on your behalf, we also provide a free postal home delivery service for anyone in the Highland Council area. This service is provided through our partnership with the social enterprise, Hey Girls.

You can order a six-month supply of your chosen products. A Highland Council postcode is needed and please allow sufficient time for delivery.  You can order using the home delivery form here.

Reusable products can also be ordered from the home delivery service.

To find out what we do with your data, read our privacy notice.

What types of products are available?

You can access disposable pads and tampons at our collection points and through the home delivery service. We also provide reusable products which can be ordered using the home delivery service provided on our behalf by Hey Girls.

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.