As homeless figures increase in Ireland, STAND spoke to the Homeless Period Ireland about some of the less well known issues for people.
What is the Homeless Period?
After seeing the volume of women homeless in Dublin and witnessing their lack of access to sanitation during the day, the Homeless Period Dublin was set up in December 2016.
Through running a social media campaign, we soon realised there was a nationwide need for this initiative so the decision was made to change the name to Homeless Period Ireland (HPI). This meant the Homeless Period Ireland could increase our drop off points and more importantly our front line services.
What does the Homeless Period do?
The aim of the Homeless Period Ireland is to donate feminine hygiene products (pads, tampons, liners, wipes) to those who otherwise would go without. The donations are brought by volunteer drivers to Homeless Outreach Centres, Direct Provision Centres and Women’s Refuges. The HPI is an initiative, not a charity and is 100% reliant on volunteers for distribution and collection of sanitary products.
How can people help?
The Homeless Period Ireland has numerous drop off points, including Tropical Popical, Waxperts, UCD, Bella Baby – an up to date list of drop off points can be found on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We would love to see more nationwide drop off points and anyone who can set one up in a shop, or business etc can drop an email.
Being homeless is really tough. How is it made worse for people who are menstruating?
The Homeless Period Ireland hopes to educate people about period poverty and the “silent struggle” of many women living in Ireland, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. We want the government to take action as Scotland did this year with the introduction of a scheme that gives free sanitary products to women in need. The women we donate to in Direct provision are always incredibly grateful as it makes them feel like they are not forgotten.
Periods happen every month and unless you are experiencing it, it’s not at the forefront of people’s minds.
If you want to donate or volunteer with the HPI, you can contact them here:
Image courtesy the Homeless Period.