Our Access to Sanitary Product pilot has ended in success, reaching over 1,000 participants in Aberdeen.

CFINE would like to thank everyone involved in the Access to Sanitary Products (ASP) pilot – whether you helped sign individuals up to the scheme, or signed yourself up, without your support the success would not have been possible. 
For anyone who hasn’t heard about our Access to Sanitary Products pilot here’s some background info:

The pilot:

The Scottish Government asked CFINE to operate and coordinate a pilot scheme for six months through which sanitary products were made available free to all those on low incomes who needed them. This was a big success with over 1,000 participants in Aberdeen signing up to receive products. Lessons learned from the pilot also highlighted key issues and barriers which individuals currently face.

Read CFINE’s final report on the pilot here.

The Scottish Government's evaluation of the pilot showed that two thirds of those who took part had experienced difficulties in accessing sanitary products in the past. Equalities Secretary Angela Constance said:

The pilot in Aberdeen helped us to understand the barriers that some people face when it comes to accessing sanitary products and I’d like to thank Community Food Initiatives North East for their help and work on this. In total 1,082 people women and girls took part and helped us identify ways that we could make free products easily accessible to those who need them.

So what does this mean for the future…?

On 30th May, Equalities Minister Angela Constance (MSP) visited CFINE for a celebration event to mark the end of the pilot. She thanked CFINE and partners involved in delivering the successful pilot and we are very happy to say that while here, she also made a very exciting announcement!

Roll-out of Future Provision:

We are thrilled to share that following the successful pilot, the Scottish Government announced plans to roll out free Access to Sanitary Products widely across Scotland.

FareShare will receive over £500,000 to distribute sanitary products with the aim of reaching an estimated 18,800 more people in Scotland. It is expected that wider access will go some way to reducing the anxiety experienced by those who struggle to find the money to buy these essential items.
Angela Constance said:

It is unacceptable that anyone in Scotland should be unable to access sanitary products and I am pleased that we are able to work with FareShare to make products available more widely through the services delivered by their partners.” 

FareShare work with over 1,000 community organisations and charities across Scotland. They will be working with the Scottish Government to use this network to make sanitary products available to people across Scotland. 

The roll-out of the programme in Aberdeen will be available to any organisation interested in receiving stock of sanitary items to support individuals on low incomes.

If you want to learn more about accessing free sanitary products, or are part of an organisation who could benefit in receiving sanitary products to distribute, please contact: [email protected] or 01224 596156