Published date: 18 October 2023

NHSPS launches café support sessions on World Menopause Awareness Day

This World Menopause Awareness Day, NHS Property Services (NHSPS) is set to launch a series of virtual and real life ‘menopause cafés’, designed to provide a safe space where colleagues can find support, share 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 creating an online menopause community for colleagues to reach out for support and advice.

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, will launch the conversations at the first Menopause Café on Wednesday 18 October, 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.”