Virtual menopause cafè created to support women during COVID-19
A virtual Menopause Café, part of Active Cheshire’s #ActiveChats series, aimed at breaking down the stigma around menopause, increasing awareness of the impact of the menopause on those experiencing it, their family, friends and their colleagues, and reflecting on the ‘third stage of life’, will be held virtually, on Zoom on Wednesday 6th May 2020 at 11.30.
Following the World’s first Menopause Café, held in Perth, Scotland in 2017, a number of Menopause Cafes have been organised throughout the UK, including in some workplaces.
Rachel Weiss of Rowan Consultancy, who founded Menopause Café commented, “The Menopause Café is aimed at women and men of all ages who would like to come along and talk about the menopause, to share their stories, experiences and questions, all made that little bit easier with a hot drink and some cake.
“Unfortunately, many women feel that they should just ‘get on with’ the Menopause, with some never talking to their friends of family about it, but the reality is that it affects all women eventually, not forgetting those who live and work with them. People can come along and just listen, or join in on the discussions, hopefully leaving with a clearer sense of the impact of the menopause on those who are experiencing it, alongside their families, friends and colleagues.”
Kirsty Wark, patron of the Menopause Café Charity, says “ I am delighted to have been asked to be a patron of this new charity which is dedicated to get everyone talking about the menopause. This is the way to a healthier happier future”.
The event is being organised by Active Cheshire’s Active Minds to support the local communities. Why Active Cheshire?
Physical activity can help women manage and cope better with their symptoms and yet, even if the desire to be active is high, just under a third of women drop off from physical activity during menopause.
Menopausal symptoms, low exercise self-efficacy and physical activity knowledge, social stigma and lack of social support are significant barriers to participation. Menopause is a significant opportunity to re-introduce and support physical activity behaviours.
But don’t worry, you won’t make anyone wear Lycra ® for this virtual Menopause café, we just want to create a space for both male and female participants of all ages, particularly those based in Cheshire and Warrington, to come together to simply open up and share their experience.
“…first Menopause Cafe. Genius! In a world that is full of disconnection, this was a perfect tonic. Loving the conversations and the sense of community” Sam Bunch SamBunch1967 on Twitter