Sanitary provision

All local authorities in Scotland have been provided with funding by the Scottish Government to ensure that free sanitary products are available to those who need them.

Argyll and Bute Council recognises that this needs to be done in a way that protects people’s dignity, avoiding embarrassment and stigma.

Menstruation is not something to be embarrassed about

Argyll and Bute Council wants to be at the forefront of removing the stigma associated with periods, and with normalising the conversation around menstruation. Excellent work is already underway in our schools to ensure that young people are comfortable talking about it, and products are available in schools for people to use.

What products are available?

Tampons and sanitary pads are freely available for collection from a range of locations across Argyll and Bute.

Reusable menstrual cups and pads are also available on request. These can be posted to your home address or collected from a main council office by arrangement.

Where are products available?

You can access products from Council Customer Service Points, and from Live Argyll’s leisure centres, libraries and community centres, as well as from the Corran Halls in Oban and the Queen’s Hall in Dunoon. All ACHA offices also have products available. Schools are also providing products to pupils who need them.

Are products being provided in a gender neutral way?

Anyone who menstruates can access products. They will be available in male, female and disabled toilets.

You can collect products from any of the following locations:

Campbeltown

  • Campbeltown Customer Service Point, Burnet Building, St. John Street, Campbeltown PA28 6BJ
  • Campbeltown Library, Campbeltown PA28 6EG
  • Kintyre Community Education Centre, Stewart Road, Campbeltown, PA28 6AT
  • Aqualibrium, Campbeltown, PA28 6EG
  • Kintyre Youth Café, 23 Kinloch Road, Campbeltown, PA28 6EG

Dunoon

  • Dunoon Customer Service Point, 22 Hill Street, Dunoon, PA23 7AP
  • Dunoon Library, 27-29 Argyll Street, Dunoon, PA23 7HH
  • Riverside Leisure Centre, 8 Moir Street, Dunoon, PA23 8AA
  • Queen's Hall, Dunoon, PA23 7HH
  • Dunoon community Education Centre, 189 Edward Street, Dunoon, PA23 7PJ
  • Girlguiding Helenbsurgh, John Street, Helensburgh G84 8XL (available for collection when hall is in use –open Tuesdays 16.30–18.00)

Helensburgh

  • Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre, 38 East Clyde St, Helensburgh, G84 7PG
  • Lamont House, 9-19 Stuckleckie Road, Helensburgh, G84 7NL (ACHA)
  • Helensburgh Library, 59 West King Street, Helensburgh, G84 8EB
  • Helensburgh Swimming Pool, West Clyde Street, Helensburgh, G84 8SQ

Cardross

  • Cardross Library, 3-2 Park Terrace, Cardross G82 5QA

Rosneath

  • Rosneath Library, Clachan Road, Rosneath, G84 0RJ

Bowmore

  • Islay Customer Service Point, Jamieson Street, Bowmore, PA43 7HP
  • Flora Street, Bowmore, Islay (ACHA)

Rothesay

  • Rothesay Customer Service Point, Eaglesham House, Mountpleasant Road, Rothesay, Isle Bute, PA20 9HQ
  • 13 – 16 Longhill Crescent, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, PA20 0JT (ACHA)
  • Rothesay Library, Stuart Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, PA20 0BX
  • Rothesay Swimming Pool, 96 high Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, PA20 9BN
  • Moat Community Education Centre, Stuart St, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, PA20 0EP

Lochgilphead

  • Lochgilphead Customer Service Point, 1A Manse Brae, Lochgilphead, PA31 8RD
  • Dalriada House, Lochnell Street, Lochgilphead, PA31 8ST (ACHA)
  • Lochgilphead Library, 1 Rowan Lane, Lochgilphead, PA31 8TQ
  • Lochgilphead Community Education Centre, Manse Brae, Lochgilphead PA31 8XQ

Tarbert

  • Tarbert Library, Barmore Road, Tarbert, PA29 6TW

Oban

  • Oban Customer Service Point, Municipal Building, Albany Street, Oban, PA34 4AW
  • Menzies Building, Oban, PA34 4RY (ACHA)
  • Oban Library, Albany Street, Oban, PA34 4AL
  • Corran Halls, 54 Corran Esplanade, Oban, PA34 5AB

Tobermory

  • Mull customer Service Point, Breadalbane Street, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, PA75 6PX
  • Tobermory Library, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, PA75 6PA, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, PA75 6PA

Is there a limit on the number of products I can have?

No. Everyone’s menstruation is different, and you know best how many tampons or pads you need. There are no restrictions on the number of products you can take.

Will I need to ask someone for products?

No. The products will be available in a customer toilet, and stock may be located in either a box, a drawer, or in a drawstring bag. They may also be available through a free to use vending machine. If you are having trouble locating the products, staff will be only too happy to help you.

Will you be adding new collection points in future?

We will be reviewing where we provide products on a regular basis. In order to do that, we will be engaging with our communities. If you would like to be involved, please contact us on the email address below.

Who can help if I have any questions?

If you have any questions about the provision of products, or if you would like to order a reusable sanitary cup or reusable pads, please email:

sanitaryprovision@argyll-bute.gov.uk

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