This World Menopause Awareness Day, NHS Property Services (NHSPS) launched a series of virtual and real-life ‘menopause cafés’ designed to provide a space where colleagues can find support and talk about their experiences.
The move follows the successful delivery of a range of menopause-related resources by the government-owned property business, including the training of 12 menopause champions and the creation of an online menopause community for colleagues to reach out for support.
It also builds on the recognition received by NHSPS at last year’s Inside Out Awards for Best Women’s Health Initiative in recognition of its work connected to menopause awareness.
Trish Stephenson, Chief Operating Officer for NHSPS, launched the conversations at the first Menopause Café in Canary Wharf, London.
She said: “Menopause is a key issue that all women face. We want to create a safe space for any colleagues affected to talk through their experiences and support each other.
“We’re proud to have started this initiative and hope the Menopause Café will offer everyone involved a supportive environment through shared conversations surrounding health and wellbeing.”
Georgia Shaw, Culture and Inclusion Co-ordinator for NHSPS, added: “Going through perimenopause and menopause can be a difficult journey for some women and their families.
“Symptoms can be severe and have an impact on daily life, including work, relationships, social and family life. Alongside access to workplace adjustments, talking about it can really help, so we want to keep the conversation going.”