COVID-19: Support provided to address period dignity during school closures


Cardiff Council continues to address period dignity, despite schools being closed due to COVID-19.

All female pupils in years 7 to 13 who currently receive Free School Meals, will be provided with financial support so that they can purchase feminine hygiene products.

The scheme, funded by Welsh Government's Period Dignity in Schools grant and administered by the Council's Free School Meals team, will provide a £15 voucher per pupil to cover the summer term.

Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry said: "As part of our period dignity programme, students are provided with free period products in school but with schools currently closed, it is important young women and girls do not miss out.

"This scheme will ensure those who need it most will still benefit and illustrates Cardiff'scommitment addressing period poverty in our communities and helping to tackle stigma."

Cardiff Council's scheme to promote period dignity amongst girls and young women in primary and secondary schools was rolled out in March 2019.

The programme contributes to Cardiff's commitment to becoming a Child Friendly City, where the views and priorities of children are at the heart of decision making. 

Cllr Merry added: "Two years ago we carried out a period dignity survey in secondary schools to gain young women's views about the issue of period dignity and to consult on how they would like to access free feminine hygiene products.

"This enabled us to ensure that the views of girls and young women were heard and acted upon and has helped to remove barriers in education. During these exceptional times it is vital that pupils can continue to access feminine hygiene products."

Letters will be sent to females of families eligible for Free School Meals with details of how to claim their voucher which can be redeemed in one of the six following supermarkets;Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose.

If you are eligible for the scheme and have a query please email: