Friday 28 April 2023

A SCHEME to combat period poverty has been launched in East Riding libraries and customer service centres. The Collecting for Jackie scheme enables people across the region to access free period products whenever they need them, by visiting their nearest library, customer service centre or mobile library. Part of the council’s Help for Household offering, the scheme aims to ensure people across the East Riding have access to sanitary products, free of charge, whenever they need them. 

Visitors to libraries will be able to tell a member of staff they are “collecting a parcel for Jackie”; they will then be given a short, optional questionnaire to specify the products they would like and then given a plain bag containing these items. Hannah Gibbs, librarian and creator of the Collecting for Jackie scheme, said: “Period poverty is a huge issue in the UK and affects thousands of people every day.” 

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FLORISTRY degree students at Bishop Burton College are celebrating after scooping a number of awards at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show, including a gold and being named overall winner in the Florist College – Inventive Britain category.

HULL TRAINS and the Trussell Trust, who run the East Yorkshire Foodbank based in Beverley, are calling on the public to support a week-long appeal for donations to provide food to those in most need. The Trussell Trust has seen demand for its local food banks rocket over the past few months and is handing out 47 per cent more packages compared to this time last year. 

To help support their efforts, Hull Trains will be setting up a food donations collection point at Hull Paragon Station from next Tuesday to Friday. Items such as tinned vegetables, tinned rice pudding, tinned fruit, and tinned meat are among the items needed.