News | 06.07.22

Thousands of Northern Ireland students benefit from Hey Girls partnership

Thousands of college students in Northern Ireland now have access to free period products thanks to a partnership between Hey Girls and a students’ union.

South Eastern Regional College’s (SERC) Students’ Union will now be providing all students with access to free and safe period products across their five campuses, to ensure no student is disadvantaged because they have no access to necessary products.

Products purchased by the college group through us will be matched with donations to community partners such as foodbanks and women’s refuges.

Daisy Williams, Hey Girls partnership manager for universities and colleges, said: “We are so happy to partner with SERC Students’ Union and help support both their students and people in their communities.

“This year is becoming increasingly harder for people through the cost-of-living crisis, and more and more people are struggling to afford period products. Those who cannot afford them are often forced to stay away from education or use dangerous and unhygienic alternatives.

“Schemes such as Hey Girls ‘buy one, donate one’ model and SERC’s Period Confidence Project directly help those most in need and drive forward positive and lasting change.”

The partnership was made possible thanks to funding from the Northern Irish Department for the Economy.

All our products are made using sustainable plant-based materials and are free of chemicals, unlike many big brand alternatives made using bleach and toxins.

Those green credentials were highlighted by college staff promoting SERC Students’ Union’s sustainability agenda.

Heather McKee, SERC director of strategic planning, quality and support, said she is “delighted” to partner with Hey Girls.

She added: “We are delighted that our partnership with Hey Girls and their ‘buy one, donate one’ scheme, will mean not only our students, but the wider SERC community, will benefit from free period care products through local foodbanks and therefore contribute to ending period poverty for local women.”

More information on how to partner with us and provide free and safe period products to your pupils or staff can be found here.