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Me and Menopause

Me and Menopause

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Me and Menopause is a district wide project empowering the women of Wakefield.

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!

10 amazing local voluntary and community organisations have been delivering science-backed menopause support sessions to local women around the district.

How can Me and Menopause help you?

This project has been set up to help you to get important information about the changes your body is going through and the symptoms you might experience.

The sessions are also chance to meet other women going through similar experiences. There is power in knowing you are not alone. The sessions are also chance to share your experiences and things you have found helpful so others might benefit from that knowledge.

Our 10 delivery partner organisations have been trained by a leading UK based menopause organisation, MenoHealth.

Each of our delivery team are women, and many are currently experiencing menopause / perimenopause symptoms or are through the other side. They understand the impact menopause can have and want to help other women in their communities navigate this stage of life.

The partners have all achieved their Menopause First Aider qualification and can discuss the top 10 menopause subjects listed below:

  • Understanding menopause
  • HRT – busting the myths
  • Brain fog
  • Weight gain
  • Anxiety
  • Hot flushes / night sweats
  • Osteoporosis and bone health
  • Mental health and menopause
  • Alternative treatments and complementary therapies
  • Genitourinary symptoms of menopause  

Alongside information on each of these subjects, the staff will show you a range of exercises, meditations and stretches that can help with menopause symptoms.

Each delivery partner has different session options, some are face to face, some might be online. Most are free or the partners are asking a nominal fee (usually £5 for the course).

Our aim with this project is to give the women of Wakefield opportunities to get important information around menopause and perimenopause. To empower you to take control of your health and feel more confident to have conversations with GP’s, managers, or family. 

Finding friendly, local menopause support

Take a look at the calendars for January 2024 to find a session for you!

The project partner information is also included so you can get in touch with our superb team of women and book your course place.

You can also find this information on the project information document.

More details about Me and Menopause

The project is a partnership between: Nova Wakefield District, the Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise (VCSE) infrastructure organisation for Wakefield District; and MenoHealth, a national and international menopause organisation providing information, practical help and support to empower everyone to take control of their menopause and improve their health and mental wellbeing.

This exciting project recognises the importance of using organisations already embedded in their communities to deliver information and support to residents.

The project has been funded for its first year by SWYT Community Mental Health and funding is being distributed through the Third Sector Framework. Ongoing funding will be based on a full evaluation report completed by Leeds Beckett University at the end of the project.

Read more about the project and it's aims in project information document below and please share with anyone you feel would benefit from attending.

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

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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
Callum Buck
Social Prescribing Link Worker - Trinity Health Group
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
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
Berni O'Brien from St George's Lupset
Early Help 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
Helen Oades from Rosalie Ryrie
Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Workforce Development Group
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
Angie Callaghan from Alzheimer’s Society
Wakefield Carers Strategy Implementation Group
Duncan Smith from Trinity Church
Wakefield Carers Strategy Implementation Group
Angie Callaghan from Alzheimer’s Society
Jane Walton from Yorkshire Mentoring CIC
The Employment and Skills Strategy Group
Julius Olutokun from Dominion Training
The Employment and Skills Steering Group
Lucy Herrick from Turning Point
Wakefield Combatting Drugs Partnership

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