What is a Menopause Café?
The first Menopause Cafe in Perth, Scotland and since then has grown exponentially with cafés springing up across the UK and also overseas.
A Menopause Café is an agenda-free discussion about menopause, with the topics chosen by the people who attend. It is run on a not-for-profit basis, aside from an investment in a cup of tea or coffee. The Florentine also serve some tasty snacks or breakfast.
The cafe is open to men and women of all ages and backgrounds where you can come and talk about the menopause, and share and learn from each other. It’s open to all because we believe if affects us all at some point in our lives: either those experiencing it, our friends, our colleagues and our families. Hopefully you will leave feeling better equipped to manage this third stage of life and meet some great people along the way.
A previous attendee said: «I certainly headed homewards feeling more positive and buoyed by the entire experience»
What happens at a Menopause Café?
Someone will be there to greet you, introduce the principles, and keep the conversation flowing (although we usually find the conversation flows without any help).
There is no speaker or expert, no agenda, no product being sold: just a safe space to have a conversation about the menopause.
The only thing we encourage is talking about the menopause – this might be how it has impacted you or others; how you have coped, what worked for you or just to be better informed before it occurs. We leave participants to draw their own conclusions about any course of action they may choose to take afterwards.
Our overall goal is to reduce the stigma and taboo around menopause, so that it becomes an ordinary topic of conversation at work and at home.
The Sheffield Menopause Café will run every 4-6 weeks so if you can’t make this one, hopefully we’ll see you another time.
Pre-Menopause Cafe Presentation. 'Supportive Supplementation'.
During the last Menopause Cafe held in March, many questions and queries were raised about herbs and supplements that could help support symptoms, hormones and health during the menopause years. As the Menopause Cafe has no agenda, we are introducing a short presentation, with Q&A PRIOR to starting the Cafe format. This will be given by Nutritional Therapist and Menopause Health Coach Clare Shepherd.
Start: 9.30 am… 9.50am.
Should this format be successful we can then invite others to share their experience and knowledge too. Anything to help us transition through these years as effortlessly as possible!
Introducing your hosts:
«Experiencing an early menopause in my 30's and a full hysterectomy before age 40 I had absolutely no idea what was happening to both my body and mind. There was no-one to talk to who understood, and the doctors didn't consider symptoms could be hormonal due to my age. I felt lost and afraid. Breaking the taboo of menopause, getting men and women of all ages talking about this completely natural time of life, will hopefully break down barriers, providing that essential understanding and support».
Jayne has written extensively about menopause, is a member of Henpicked.Net and is a qualified Coach, often supporting women's careers which have impacted due to menopause and/or peri-menopause. She recently spoke at the Manchester Institute of Directors Enterprising Women Conference on why it should be an important consideration for businesses and employers. She is a passionate advocate of providing a free, safe and confidential space for women and men of all ages to talk about this — and hopefully smash the taboo!
Tel: 07775 532942
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