Free period products are available from four Co-op pharmacies across Jersey from today
A government scheme has been extended.
The trial project started in October 2022, with sanitary products being placed at numerous location for people to take what they need in an effort to tackle 'period poverty'.
Over the past twelve months, they have been placed at an increasing number of public toilets.
But the scheme has faced criticism because dispensers have often been pictured repeatedly empty.
I know there is so much going on in the world right now but I think @GovJersey should still be held accountable for the fact I have never seen this with any period products in since it launched at Snowhill. This project is not working and for some it will be what they rely on. pic.twitter.com/KxXAEZoSw9— Emily Jayne Smith (@EmzJ_Smith) November 27, 2023
In September, Co-op boss Mark Cox met the Social Security Minister to discuss potential improvements.
Now the retailer has joined in offering the free products from four of its pharmacies.
Co-op Bath St Pharmacy, 87-91 Bath St, St Helier
Co-op New Era Pharmacy, Victoria Road, St Clement
Co-op St Helier Grand Marche Pharmacy (within Co-op store), La Rue Le Masurier, St Helier
Co-op St Peter Grand Marche Pharmacy (within Co-op store), Route de L’Eglise, St Peter
" Through our extensive network of pharmacy stores, we are committed to playing a key role in making these essential products readily available to those who need them.
By providing free period products, we are not just meeting a basic need but actively participating in the creation of a more equitable and supportive community. We look forward to working hand in hand with the Government to make a positive impact and improving the access to these products.” - Mark Cox, Co-op CEO.
Free sanitary pads and tampons are also now available at Le Bas Centre and the Butterfly Cafe.
Bigger dispensers have been ordered for central town locations where demand is higher.
Social Security Minister Deputy Elaine Millar says they have listened to feedback to improve the choice and ease of access:
“All products will continue to be placed in both female and male toilets, as this approach ensures that anyone can access them either for themselves, their children, partner, or people they might care for.”