In recognition of World Menopause Day 2023, we hosted a Menopause Café with a difference. More than 30 staff were treated to refreshments and pastries, received valuable information on how people can look after their health during the menopause, took part in a short meditation and yoga session and had the opportunity to chat with others and share their experiences of the menopause.
For the past two years, colleagues across LJMU have been working to better understand and recognise support needed by those experiencing the menopause and perimenopause, and to increase awareness across the organisation.
At LJMU we hope to create an environment where menopause is discussed openly, and where staff are fully supported on their journey. It has been 12 months since the launch of our Staff Menopause Policy which advises line managers on the support available, and signposts places to seek additional support, both for those experiencing symptoms and those wishing to support someone going through the menopause.
One year on, we have achieved quite a lot. Signing up to the Menopause Workplace Pledge has strengthened our commitment to making LJMU a supportive and understanding place for all our staff. We have a Menopause Matters Teams Group which has over 100 members, run weekly menopause yoga sessions at the LJMU Sports Building, hold quarterly Menopause Cafés and provide information and support on understanding the menopause which is available on the Staff Wellbeing Hub.
Looking forward, we will continue to hold Menopause Cafés across campus, which are available to book via the Staff Wellbeing Events page, as well as scheduling a series of information and advice sessions on a range of key topics.
We aim to shape and develop the provision of support and events. If you have any ideas, suggestions or feedback, please email the Menopause Matters inbox.