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Case Study: Me and Menopause

Case Study: Me and Menopause

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Me and Menopause is a partnership project from Nova and MenoHealth that trained 10 local VCSE organisations to bring vital menopause support into communities across the district.

One of our main areas of work at Nova is to secure resources for the VCSE sector. This includes administering grant funds to financially support the work of local VCSE organisations. Here's a great example of this...

Why was Me and Menopause needed?

Menopause will affect or has already affected 178,724 women in our district during their lifetime, and the majority of those who have experienced menopause said they had been negatively affected by it.

However, Wakefield had no widespread, regular access to menopause specific information for our residents.

Me and Menopause changed that!

We recognise the importance of using organisations already embedded in their communities to deliver information and support to residents. So we worked with MenoHealth, a leading menopause organisation, who trained 10 local voluntary and community organisations as Menopause First Aiders.

These organisations were funded to deliver science-backed menopause support sessions to help more people make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing:

  • Red Roof Centre
  • Evergreen Active
  • Bring Me To Life - Women's Wellness CIC
  • St Mary's Community Centre
  • Portobello Community Forum
  • Castleford Heritage Trust
  • Havercroft and Ryhill Community Learning Project
  • CoActive Arts
  • Dream Time Creative
  • The Well Project
Flyer for the Me and Menopause project

What did this support look like?

The support sessions aimed to empower participants to take control of their health and feel more confident to have conversations about menopause with their GP, manager and family.

Our delivery partner organisations provided important information about menopause and perimenopause to work towards this key goal.

"Great to speak with other ladies in the same position and experiencing the same issues. What a lovely group with a supportive instructor."

There is power in knowing you are not alone. So Me and Menopause sessions also offered valuable peer support, as many of our delivery team are currently experiencing menopause/perimenopause symptoms or are through the other side. They understand the impact menopause can have and want to help others in their communities navigate this stage of life. So the sessions were a great space to meet others going through similar experiences.

The sessions covered topics including:

  • Brain fog
  • Hot flushes / night sweats
  • Osteoporosis and bone health
  • Mental health and menopause
  • HRT – busting the myths
  • Alternative treatments and complementary therapies

Alongside this, the delivery team went through a range of exercises, meditations and stretches that can help with menopause symptoms.

Sessions were delivered face to face, and some were online, to fit with different preferences. Most were free or had a nominal fee.

"I suffer from a disability, and it was great to have an online session that was easy to attend. [Session leader] was approachable and helpful – she understands and has lots of knowledge about menopause."

Organisation

Framework Tier

Phone Number

Email Address

Ackworth Community Library

3

01977 625617

info@ackworthcommunitylibrary.org.uk

Age UK Wakefield District

1

01977 552114

admin@ageukwd.org.uk

Aphasia Support

1

01924 562443

info@aphasiasupport.org

Bless Community Support

3

07747 561575

info@bless community support.org

Bring Me To Life Women's Wellness CIC

3

N/A

catherine@bringmetolife.co.uk

Calder and Colne Rivers Trust

1

N/A

talk@calderandcolneriverstrust.org

Care to Talk (Wakefield) CIC

3

07826 657682

info@caretotalk.org

Carers Wakefield & District

1

01924 305544

info@carerswakefield.org.uk

Castleford Heritage Trust

2

01977 556741

info@castlefordheritagetrust.org.uk

Christ Church South Ossett

3

01924 263311

christchurchsouthossett@gmail.com

Citizens Advice Wakefield District

1

01924 234001

districtoffice@wakefielddistrictcab.co.uk

CoActive Arts

2

N/A

info@coactive.org.uk

Conexus Healthcare CIC

1

01924 677987

contact@conexus-healthcare.org

Crafting4Good CIC

3

07860 371975

creativehub@crafting4good.org

DIAL Wakefield

2

01977 723933

advice@dialwakefield.co.uk

DSY at Denhale CIC

3

01924 372382

N/A

Dominion Employment Training Services Ltd

1

01924 210195

enquiries@dominiontraining.org.uk

Dream Time Creative CIC

2

07733 180416

hello@dreamtimecreative.org

Eastmoor Community Project Ltd

1

01924 361212

info@eastmoorcommunity.co.uk

Empath Action CIC

3

01924 682665

hi@empathaction.org

Enable Unity CIC (t/a Sensory Planet)

2

01709 919036

info@sensoryplanet.co.uk

Enabling Youth And Motorcross CIC

2

07482 106237

info@enablingyouth.co.uk

Evergreen Active CIC

3

01924 677123

hello@evergreenactive.co.uk

Featherstone Rovers Foundation

1

01977 702386

foundation.admin@featherstonerovers.co.uk

Friends of Featherstone Community Centre

3

07824 394163

friendsoffeatherstonecc@gmail.com

GASPED

1

01924 787501

resourcecentre@gasped.co.uk

Glasshoughton Bowling Club

3

N/A

lee.a8@sky.com

Groundwork Yorkshire

1

0300 303 3292

leeds@groundwork.org.uk

Grow Wakefield

1

07971 098510

andy@grow-wakefield.co.uk

Havercroft and Ryhill Community Learning Project

1

01226 727824

faith@rycroftcommunity.co.uk

Hemsworth Miners Welfare FC CIC

2

N/A

HMWFC-1981@hotmail.com

Home Start Wakefield & District

1

01924 251205

admin@homestartwakefield.org.uk

Horbury Churches Together

2

01924 275859

horburybreakthrough@gmail.com

Horbury Civic Society

3

01924 374293

info@horburycivicsociety.org.uk

IAspire2 CIC

2

07747 168024

iaspire2@mail.com

ISpace 5

1

07469 249162

contact@ispace.org.uk

Inspire North

1

N/A

development@inspirenorth.co.uk

Inspiring Community

2

01924 676852

amyadams@inspiringcommunity.co.uk

Just Transition Wakefield

3

N/A

info@justtransitionwakefield.org.uk

Learnest CIC

1

N/A

info@learnest.co.uk

Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange

1

0113 240 2444

contact@leedsgate.co.uk

MHA Communities Wakefield and District

2

01977 695006

wakefield@mha.org.uk

Memory Action Group

3

07963 568892

memoryactiongroup@gmail.com

Mindful Movers

3

07742 428216

runwalktalkmm@gmail.com

Muziki Community Music

3

07468 699843

muzikiroadsafety@gmail.com

One Ummah Community CIC

3

074496 86844

oneummahcommunity@outlook.com

Open Country

2

07426 716677

wakefield@opencountry.org.uk

Penderels Trust

1

01924 898136

wakefield@penderelstrust.org.uk

Portobello Community Forum

3

07388 356008

infopcfwakefield@gmail.com

Portobello Craft and Camera

3

N/A

Contact at drop-in or Facebook and Instagram

Progressive Talent CIC

3

N/A

progressivetalentcic@gmail.com

Red Roof Centre CIC

2

01977 610931

rlucas@kinsley-fitzwilliam.org.uk

Reflections Yorkshire CIC

2

01977 804484

info@reflectionscic.com

Refugee Council

1

N/A

info@refugeecouncil.org.uk

Rycroft Leisure

1

01226 723659

youth@rycroftleisure.com

SACK (Springfield Allotment Community Klub)

3

07517 676379

sackhemsworth@gmail.com

Second Chance Headway Centre

1

01924 366735

rehab@schc.co.uk

Solace

2

0113 824 6796

info@solace-uk.org.uk

Sparkle (Community Media CIC)

3

07828 613061

blogupnorth@gmail.com

Spectrum Community Health CIC

1

01924 311400

business.development@spectrum-cic.nhs.uk

Spectrum People

1

07720 899781

spectrumpeople@spectrum-cic.nhs.uk

St Catherine's Church Centre

2

01924 211130

enquiries@stcatherines-wakefield.org.uk

St Georges Lupset

1

01924 369631

info@stgeorgeslupset.org.uk

St Giles Church Pontefract

2

01977 790448

stgileschurchpontefract@gmail.com

St Giles Trust

1

0113 819 5919

info@stgilestrust.org.uk

St Mary's Chequerfield Community Project

1

01977 705341

stmarys@stmaryscommunity.co.uk

St Peter's Church, Stanley

3

01924 835746

churchoffice@stpeters-stanley.org.uk

Star Bereavement

2

N/A

info@starwakefield.org.uk

Sustainable Communities Alliance

3

0113 368 1798

info@suscom.org.uk

Teacher Assist Training CIC

3

0113 2254952

info@teacherassisttraining.org

The Art House

1

01924 312000

info@the-arthouse.org

The Exodus Project

1

01226 718899

theexodusproject@msn.com

The Prince of Wales Hospice

1

01977 708868

contact@pwh.org.uk

The S.M.a.S.H Society CIC

2

07867 514031

smashsociety@outlook.com

The Urban Commune

3

07909 857574

info@theurbancommune.co.uk

The Well Project

3

01924 895634

michelle@thewellproject.org.uk

The Youth Association

1

01924 333400

info@youth-association.org

Theatre Royal Wakefield

1

01924 211311

development@theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk

Think Cre8tive Group CIC (Wakefield)

3

N/A

wakefield@thinkcre8tivegroup.com

Touchstone

1

0113 2718277

sharonb@touchstonesupport.org.uk

Turning Lives Around

1

0113 276 0616

info@turninglivesaround.co.uk

Turning Minds Around

3

07419 202312

info@turningmindsaround.com

UNEF (Upton & North Elmsall Community Forum)

3

01977 649317

unef21703@gmail.com

Umbrella-Family Centre CIC

1

01924 965540

info@umbrellafc.org.uk

Wakefield Civic Society

3

07967 516841

info@wakefieldcivicsociety.org.uk

Wakefield District City of Sanctuary

3

07800 605397

info@wdcos.org.uk

Wakefield District Sight Aid

2

01924 215555

admin@wdsa.org.uk

Wakefield Hospice

1

01924 331400

enquiries@wakefieldhospice.co.uk

Wakefield Trinity Boxing Club CIC

3

07891 161407

info@trinityboxingclub.co.uk

Wakefield and District Housing Ltd

1

0345 8507507

onecall@wdh.co.uk

Wakefield and District Society for Deaf People

1

01924 375958

enquiries@wakefielddeaf.org.uk

Warwick Community Group

3

01977 675202

warwickcomgroup1@gmail.com

West Yorkshire ADHD Support Group

3

0113 8563459

support@wyadhd.org.uk

Words For Wellbeing

3

07790 391886

juliewalkerbiblio@outlook.com

Working Carers Champions CIC

3

07785 560251

info@workingcarerschampions.co.uk

Wrenthorpe & Kirkhamgate Assist

3

07396 619825

assistwrenthorpe@gmail.com

Wrenthorpe Community Association Ltd

3

07507 625047

jonr1.wca@gmail.com

Yorkshire Cancer Community

2

07715 217845

info@yorkshirecancercommunity.co.uk

Adult Social Care Grant - £80,000

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Open Access Youth Provision - £240,000 each round

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Community Grants for Climate Activity - £233,312

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Prosper and Nova Core Grants - £230,000

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Community Mental Health Provision Fund - £69,500

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Live Well Small Grants (Round 14) - £133,591.98

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Me and Menopause - £3,188 per organisation

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West Yorkshire Core20PLUS5 Community Connectors: Supporting Pregnant Asylum Seekers & Refugees - £58,500

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Live Well Small Grants (Round 13) - £88,326

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Thinking Differently Development Fund - £225,000

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Future Selph Wakefield (16-25 Mental Health Project) - £774,798

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Connecting Communities (Hospital Discharge Model) - £660,000

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Rebecca Dunford
Social Prescribing Services Manager
Shannon Simpson
Service Coordinator
Caroline Sylvester
Service Coordinator
Adele Spaven
Social Prescribing Advisor
Gemma Naylor
Social Prescribing Advisor
Fareeda Mir
Social Prescribing Advisor
Dave Harrison
Social Prescribing Advisor
Gemma Newman
Social Prescribing Advisor
Helen Hackney
Social Prescribing Advisor
Janet Watson
Self Management Advisor
Paul Boyd
Self Management Service Administrator
Dawn Gzella
Senior Social Prescribing Advisor - Wakefield Health Alliance North
Justyna Banks
Social Prescribing Link Worker - Wakefield Health Alliance Central
Andrea Vickers
Social Prescribing Link Worker - Five Towns
Mirban Hussain
Social Prescribing Link Worker - Brigantes PCN
Jazz Johal
Social Prescribing Link Worker - West Wakefield PCN
Sharon Kennedy
Social Prescribing Link Worker - Wakefield Health Alliance South
Ellen Harrison
Core20PLUS5 Social Prescribing Project Lead
Joanne Bratby
Core20PLUS5 Social Prescriber
Sarah Black
Service Support Officer
Katty Keyhani from Alzheimer’s Society
The Health and Wellbeing Board
Sharlene Featherstone from Second Chance Headway
The Health and Care Partnership
Amaina Elzoubir from One Ummah Community
Health Inequalities Steering Group
Ross Grant from Wakefield & District Society for Deaf People
The People’s Panel
Jenn Bravo from Turning Lives Around
Housing Health and Social Care Partnership
Steven Busfield from Empath Action
The Children and Young People’s Partnership
Anna Blight from Pontefract Reads
The Early Years Strategic Partnership Board
Chris Bingham from Pontefract Reads
The Early Years Strategic Partnership Board
Sanel Ncube from Young People’s Empowerment Project
The Wakefield Local Area SEND & Alternative Provision Strategic Partnership Board
Eleanor Bradbury from Rycroft Youth Centre
Wakefield Safeguarding Children Executive
Madeleine France from Blossom Training & Development
The Safer Together Partnership
Louie Stafford from Learnest CIC
Hate Crime Strategic Group
Lisa Kaye from Well Women Centre
The Safeguarding Adults Board and The Domestic Abuse Management Board
Tamsin Lim from Well Women Centre
The Domestic Abuse Management Board
Dick Davies from Wakefield District City of Sanctuary
Wakefield Multi-Agency Asylum Meeting
Ali Robinson-Rowe from CoActive Arts
Learning Disability and Autism Partnership Board
Duncan Smith from Trinity Church
Wakefield Carers Strategy Implementation Group
Jane Walton from Yorkshire Mentoring CIC
The Employment and Skills Strategy Group
Julius Olutokun from Dominion Training
The Employment and Skills Steering Group
Mick Harrison from Enabling Youth and Motocross
Not in Education, Employment, or Training Strategic Board
Niraj Mistry from Gasped
Combatting Drugs Strategic Partnership
Paula Appleton from Evergreen Active
CYP Healthy Weight and Nutrition Group
News article about the project.

What was the impact?

We're so proud of this project and the amazing delivery organisations! As a result of attending the support sessions, participants reported:

  • feeling more informed about menopause
  • feeling more confident in discussing menopause with others
  • increased knowledge about where to go for help and support
  • feeling more able to manage their physical and mental health in relation to menopause

This can make a huge difference, as one participant shared:

"I can’t thank you enough for delivering this course! You threw me a lifeline when I was drowning. You delivered information with so much understanding and empathy and made it easy for me to engage and talk about things I would not have shared with anyone.

I thank you and the wonderful group of ladies for allowing me to be part of this. I’ve had a lonely journey and struggled for a long time with menopause and its symptoms, you changed this! I no longer stand alone”

The feedback given my many different participants shows just how essential menopause support is.

The project was described by the delivery team as filling a gap in provision in the district because women attending often discussed not feeling fully supported by GP provision, or not being able to access any similar educational provision.

“None of my attendees have felt supported by their GP on their Menopause journey… GPs are quite rightly there for medical conditions which is not fulfilling what women going through Menopause always need.”

Nova staff ran regular online peer network meetings for all delivery partners, as a space for peers to share learning about the sessions, and to discuss challenges, as well as potential solutions. Where challenges were mentioned, for example, in relation to recruitment, partners shared their own approaches and resources, as well as discussing what had worked for them.

Where are we at now?

The project was funded for its first year by SWYT Community Mental Health and funding was distributed through the Third Sector Framework. The one year funding has come to an end and we are working with MenoHealth on a continuation plan so that the project partners can continue to deliver this much-needed support.

If you'd like more information about the project, please get in touch at info@nova-wd.org.uk

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