09.03.22

East Sussex Libraries Period Bank

Who we are…

East Sussex Libraries covers the whole of East Sussex providing books, eContent, learning, business and activities opportunities for the public.

Supporting our local community…

East Sussex Libraries set up the PeriodBank to help tackle period poverty in East Sussex, providing donated period products and hygiene products to anyone who needs them. The project launched in January 2020 in Eastbourne Library and quickly expanded to include Hastings Library, Hailsham Library and Newhaven Library in June 2021. A fifth library will be joining their successful scheme later this year! Their long term goal is to provide PeriodBank collection points in all of their libraries.

We’re a Hey Girls Community Partner…

“Hey Girls helped us with our initial set up in January 2020 and we became regular Donation Partners in May 2021. We are so grateful to receive regular period product donations from Hey Girls including their reusable products period cups, period pads, and reusable pad kits, as well as sustainable pads and tampons. Hey Girls also provided staff training for us which was fabulous.” explains Tamsyn Sutton, Librarian

Our impact

Period products are available to anyone who needs them at the four libraries. They provide bags of products as well as ‘pick your own’ stands. The East Sussex Library team have also shared their donations and knowledge with smaller community groups in the form of seed donations to encourage them to pilot their own period banks.

“We try to share as much as we can with partner groups. We have provided training and information to our local Youth Centres, Children’s Centres, Foster Teams and Youth Offenders for example. We had a great response to sharing the Hey Girls My Period information cards with the local Foster and Youth Offenders Teams.”

Making a difference

Providing free products ensures all people can menstruate with dignity.

“Thank you for doing this! I’m homeless and can’t afford much. The period pads are very useful.” Anonymous, Eastbourne

“Thank you for the products, they are lovely and comfortable” Anonymous, Eastbourne

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