Welcome to Melbourne Period Project

The hope of the Melbourne Period Project is to provide care, support and sanitary products for homeless women.

Imagine the humiliation, pain and fear that women experience when they’re sleeping rough and their period arrives. They often have nothing. Imagine having to ask a stranger for sanitary products, even if that stranger is there to help

Our aim is to find people to sponsor homeless woman though their period. Our idea is that each time you get your period it's your reminder to donate one pack of sanitary products to the Melbourne Period Project, or $5 and we will purchase them on your behalf. You can sponsor as a one off only, or as many times as you like. We will not send reminders or ask you where your pack is. The idea is that your own period is your reminder that it's time to send a pack in.

Sponsors will simply send one box of tampons or packet of sanitary pads each month of whatever product they use and we will make the individual packs up, pop them in the bags, and deliver them to Anonymous X, and Homeless of Melbourne for distribution, plus a couple of other agencies we feel could help.

The Melbourne Period Project would like to acknowledge Transgender males who are also in need of sanitary products. Our use of feminine pronouns and terminology is in no way meant to exclude these individuals.

Why Not Menstrual Cups: We have been asked a few times why don't provide menstrual cups. Although we love using the cups ourselves, they are not compatible with homeless living especially where there are little or no access to showers, public toilets or safe areas to change. Public toilets can be dangerous at night and many homeless women report not using them for fear of their own safety being compromised. They often do not have access to showers to take care of spillage that may occur, or boiling water necessary to sterilise the cup which increases the risk of infection. There are also many women who do not use products that require insertion for a variety of reasons. We feel that disposable products would be better suited the their situation and have listened to the feedback from the women we have contacted.