Text Flo: Fighting Period Poverty, One Message at a Time!
AT WELLINGTON SQUARE, we firmly believe that everyone who menstruates should have the fundamental right to access sanitary products and manage their periods safely without stigma.
That’s why we’ve introduced the ‘Text Flo’ service, an initiative aimed at tackling period poverty and promoting menstrual health awareness to create positive change within our community.
What is the ‘Text Flo’ service?
Text Flo’ is our way of addressing the pressing issue of menstrual inequality, one message at a time.
When visiting Wellington Square, ‘Text Flo’ allows you to access free sanitary essentials simply by texting a dedicated number displayed in the centre’s toilets.
This service is designed to provide immediate support to those who may be struggling to obtain these vital products, no questions asked.
Why have we introduced the ‘Text Flo’ service?
A recent survey conducted by Plan International UK* revealed the shocking reality of period poverty in the UK.
Amid the worst cost-of-living crisis in 40 years, 1 in 4 girls aged 14-21 reported struggling to afford period products.
Within this group, half had to cut down on their spending for food and groceries to buy sanitary items, and a concerning 1 in 10 had no choice but to turn to food banks to access them.
Our goal is to help end this problem and pave the way for a fairer and more equitable society in Stockton-on-Tees and beyond!
How can you access the ‘Text Flo’ service?
Using the ‘Text Flo’ service is as easy as 1, 2, 3…
- Head to a toilet within the centre and text ‘Flo’ to the dedicated number located on the back of the toilet cubicle doors.
- Receive a discreet delivery of free sanitary essentials to your cubicle.
- Enjoy your shopping in comfort and style!
Let’s shout about Flo!
We invite every member of our community to rally behind the ‘Text Flo’ initiative and join us in our mission to extend support to as many individuals as possible.
Working as one, we have the power to change the mentality around menstruation, turning a source of hardship into a natural and dignified aspect of life. This will not only have a profound impact on those affected by period poverty but also contribute to the creation of a more just and inclusive society.
Together, let’s create a period-positive world we can all be proud of!