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Hey Girls Win

14 December 2022 | Kate Ballantyne

Last week our accounts manager Zoë attended the UK Social Enterprise Awards 2022 along with our clients from the Hey Girls team, who ended up winning the Tech for Good Award. Hey Girls and Pogo Studio collaborated to create the PickupMyPeriod app, which has now been downloaded 12,000 times and can be used across Scotland.

Read what Zoë said about the night:

Can you tell me what Hey Girls does?

Hey Girls is a social enterprise that fights to end period poverty in the UK and increase education about period health. They operate a buy-one donate-one scheme that enables vulnerable groups to access free period products. Their products are also plant-based and plastic-free, so they are helping the planet too.

The Pogo Studio team collaborated with Hey Girls to create a free app called PickupMyPeriod, which enables people to find free period products from different public locations. We hope that we will be able to keep working with the team going forward and contribute to the amazing progress they are currently making.

Can you tell me about the awards night?

The event was at the London’s iconic Roundhouse and celebrated different social enterprises from across the country. There was a huge variety of different social enterprises as well as corporations who have been involved with them; it was a really lovely mix of people.

There was a lot of discussion about the challenges that have been faced recently as a result of covid, the cost of living crisis and ongoing sustainability and environmental concerns. It really illuminated the need to grow social enterprises and the value of a circular economy.

What has been the best part of working with Hey Girls?

The whole team is so passionate about what they do, which is brilliant. We work with a lot of charities here at Pogo Studio, so our goals align really well. They really do care about making life better for women and highlighting the needs of women, and the work they do is a very practical way of achieving that. They’re also a lot of fun!

 What do you think the next steps for Hey Girls will be?

I am looking forward to watching them continue to grow – they have already expanded across the UK and Australia so it would be great to see them go further into new markets. I think they could really make a difference to a lot of women out there, especially in developing countries. Hey Girls are definitely on the road to ending period poverty, and I would like to see Pogo Studio continue to support them through technology.

What was the best part of the night?

Winning! It’s always nice to win. It was also a great opportunity to spend time with the Hey Girls team. They all come from really interesting backgrounds so it was great to chat to them more.

 To read more about Hey Girls or the PickupMyPeriod app, please visit their website here.