Britain’s largest care home operator, HC-One, has made free period products available to staff nationwide.
HC-One staff now have access to free disposable and reusable period products courtesy of a partnership with award-winning social enterprise Hey Girls and distributor Lyreco – with every order matched with a donation to vulnerable community organisations
Hey Girls works with companies across the UK in introducing period dignity schemes in the workplace, with every purchase matched with a donation to its network of more than 350 community partners. Organisations to benefit from the new partnership include refuges, foodbanks, and homeless shelters nationwide.
Anna Selby, director of kind care at HC-One, said: “We are really pleased to offer our colleagues environmentally friendly period products from Hey Girls.
“Kind care is at the heart of what we do at HC-One, both for our residents but also for our colleagues.
“We were drawn to working with Hey Girls in particular because they match each of our purchases with a donation to their community partners. We’re pleased to be able to support both our colleagues as well as Hey Girls’ crucial work in communities across the country.
“We have already had great feedback from our colleagues and we look forward to seeing our partnership with Hey Girls flourish.”
Ailsa Colquhoun, partnerships and contracts manager at Hey Girls, said: “All of us at Hey Girls are delighted to partner with HC-One.
“Partnerships like this have helped us donate more than 30 million period products to people in need over the last five years – and a partnership on this scale is going to make a huge difference to our community partner network.
“It is fantastic to see a company on the scale of HC-One stand up and join our fight for period dignity in the workplace and our overall battle to end period poverty in the UK once and for all.”
Mark Gould, strategic account manager at Lyreco, added: “All of us at Lyreco are fully behind Hey Girls’ mission to improve period dignity in the workplace for everyone in the UK.
“Partnerships like this are a fantastic way of combatting the issue while supporting vulnerable people in our communities living in period poverty.
“We are very proud to have helped form this fantastic partnership.”