Access to free period products in Stirling is now easier than ever thanks to the launch of a new app.

Almost 30 locations across the Stirling Council area have been included on the PickUpMyPeriod app, which identifies where period products can be accessed for free.

Over 700 venues in communities across Scotland are linked on the new app, a number which is expected to rise as more locations are added following consultation with service users.

Stirling Council will be conducting a consultation this year in accordance with the Period Products Act to ensure that both the type and range of available products, and how they are accessed, is informed by those who use them.

Scotland was the first country in the world to make period products widely available for free – firstly in schools, colleges and universities, then followed by wider access in communities. The PickupMyPeriod app builds on this innovative work.

The Community Planning and Regeneration Committee Convener, Cllr Chris Kane, said: “This is an important next step in the implementation of legislation to make period products freely accessible.

“Stirling Council is committed to providing period dignity and having Council and community venues listed on this app is an excellent way to signpost where free period products can be found locally. I’d encourage residents who can benefit from the PickUpMyPeriod app to download it.”

Vice Convener, Cllr Scott Farmer, said: “The legislation, which aims to provide free universal access to period products, is very welcome. The introduction of the PickUpMyPeriod app will make access much easier for local residents and visitors to Stirling, and I’m pleased to see that so many venues across Stirling are included already. We will seek to increase this number following our planned consultation later in the year.

This is a very positive step towards ensuring accessible, dignified and free provision- which will include sustainable products to all those who need it.”

The full list of locations across Stirling listed on the app currently is:

  1. Balfron Library
  2. Bannockburn Library
  3. Bridge of Allan Library
  4. Callander Library
  5. Cambusbarron Library
  6. Cowie Library
  7. Customer First Office
  8. Doune Library
  9. Drymen Library
  10. Dunblane Library
  11. Fallin Church Hall
  12. Fallin Library
  13. Heart of Braehead
  14. Hillview Community Centre
  15. Home Start Stirling
  16. Killin Library
  17. Ladies of the Rock
  18. Mayfield Community Centre
  19. Plean Community Spirit
  20. Plean Library
  21. Raploch Community Partnership
  22. St Ninians Library
  23. Start Up Stirling
  24. Stirling Central Library
  25. Strathblane Library
  26. Sunlite Community Cafe© / Let’s Make It Better
  27. The Larder at Bridge of Allan Parish Church

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