SUPPORTING AND ENCOURAGING
Menopause is not the enemy
It is the gateway to a new season
Positive Menopause was created to provide a community support group for women living in a small West Midlands area. It was established because Sarah found that, like so many women there was a lack of advice and open-door policies to communicate with GP’s. Women felt let down and had no idea who to turn to. So the community group was formed. This was six years ago, and it has gone from strength to strength.
Things have been a little more challenging of late with COVID, but we have ensured that the door is still open and regular Zoom get-together has occurred instead. In light of this, we are anticipating meeting again next year.
We believe that women are made up of more than Hormones, and although Menopause can create a whole host of issues for individuals, we also feel that it is essential to be able to encourage one another in all aspects of life.
This is why we plan to create more support communities within our local area and further afield. A support that can reach any woman from any walk of life.
Positive Menopause has now developed structures that will enable women to have a voice within the workplace, through education, training and support. Although we are able to assist with drawing up policies, we believe that if these policies are not supported on a day to day basis they are not worth the paper that they are written on. This is why it is imperative to ensure that communication within the workplace is treated with high importance.
Get to know the Founder and Editor Sarah Cale
For as long as I can remember I have always found joy in helping others. Yet working within the Construction Industry for the majority of my life didn’t really fulfil my potential in that area. In fact, at times it was detrimental to that part of my personality. I mean Construction isn’t exactly the most female-friendly environment to have a career in and when I began to go through the perimenopause stage of this season in my life it felt increasingly difficult. So after some time, I decided that if I was feeling this way so were many other women. And working in a male-orientated industry meant that I had no relief or, in fact, anyone to talk to about this. So Positive Menopause was created to give me and other women the opportunity to share and encourage one another.
If you would like to hear more about my story, then please get in touch, or head over to www.wellbeingofwomen.org.uk and read the piece that I recently wrote for them as part of the Menopause Awareness Month. As well as a piece for The Industry Leaders, which can be found
Wellbeing of women is currently running a campaign to encourage businesses to sign a pledge Menopause in the Workplace. Following on from a Roundtable Event with Wellbeing of Women, Sarah was interviewed by Hello! Magazine for their online platform. Here she tells her story, and how she wants to make a difference both in the workplace and out in the wider community.