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‘Menopause and the workplace’ programme praised by University of Liverpool staff

Sefton Council has been leading the way in raising awareness on the menopause and its effects on the workplace.

The Local Authority’s dedicated, Active Workforce team works with local organisations across Sefton to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees.

Following the launch of Sefton’s new Menopause policy in 2020, Active Workforce set to help foster a more open and positive approach to the condition within workplaces across the Liverpool City Region.

Active Workforce have received praise from the University of Liverpool following the delivery of interactive and informative workshops around the menopause and its symptoms.

Joy Vogt, Executive Officer at University of Liverpool said, “I lead the University’s Menopause Support Network but believe it’s important that colleagues and managers from across the organisation are educated on this subject. The sessions delivered by Active Workforce have been informative and well received by all attendees.

“The sessions explain what menopause is, its symptoms, how it affects women and those around them, and importantly how to support colleagues in the workplace.

“There was a fantastic case study shared that really helped provide context and bring the information we’d learnt into reality. I was quite well informed about menopause due to my role in the support network, however this case study surprised me, and it was interesting to see how other colleagues responded.

“I feel the training has helped raise awareness of this topic within the organisation and I would love to see more sessions run over the course of the year, allowing more people to have the opportunity to attend. The sessions have given those who attended the tools and confidence to have conversations with colleagues, friends and relatives, which is a fantastic step forward.”

Active Workforce is Sefton Council’s award-winning health and wellbeing programme for businesses to help their staff to be active and healthy during working hours and reduce their absence through sickness and poor health.

The menopause workshops are delivered online and are available to employees of all organisations across Merseyside. The half-hour sessions focus on educating men, supporting managers, and preparing younger employees to recognise the symptoms. In addition, there is a monthly, hour-long menopause group, offering employees the chance to discuss their experiences with others in the same situation, and listen to topical speakers from the local area.

Orgainisations can find out more about the seminars and how Active Workforce can help them by contacting the Active Workforce team at active.workforce@sefton.gov.uk