It’s a while since I’ve posted … I’ve been rather busy!
I’ve been training and prepping for my new role as Associate Menopause Trainer with ‘Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace’, and I’m super excited about it!
I am delighted with all that I have achieved so far with ‘HotWomenAtMenopause’, which supports women in my locality. ‘Hot Women At Menopause’ continues to offer events, coaching, mentoring, and online support, as well as leadership, wellbeing, and menopause awareness programmes for individuals and groups.
And now, with the ‘Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace’ team, I will be able to continue to raise menopause awareness even further, supporting organisations to introduce the right employee menopause training, awareness, policies, and practices. This means I will be able to reach out and make a difference to even more women, their employers and employees, across the UK … and maybe even further beyond! It is hard to put into words how super proud I am to be part of the team!
“Henpicked has years of experience working with public and private sector organisations.”
Having recently spent a Henpicked training day with Deborah Garlick – Founder and Director, and Sharon Vibert – Director, and the other wonderful ageless goddesses who have also been recruited to the Henpicked team this month, I know that this new chapter in my life is going to be really rather special and incredibly important!
I have been fortunate to have had a wonderful and rewarding career in education, latterly as a headteacher in the primary sector. In this new phase of my career, it is of the utmost importance to me to be able to utilise my skills, share my knowledge and experiences and continue to be part of something worthwhile. It is often said that menopause, whilst often bringing challenges, is also a time of new opportunities and that women are at their wisest and most creative at this stage of their lives, so I’m grasping this opportunity with both hands and throwing myself into it wholeheartedly – mind, body, and soul!
As I sat with the team, on our Henpicked training day, in the beautiful Art Deco boardroom of Mortimer House, in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia, sharing stories and listening to Deborah and Sharon speak, with Kathy Abernethy (British Menopause Society) popping in for a short Q & A session, I had an overwhelming sense that everything was exactly as it should be.
At that moment, I took a virtual step back from the room, at risk of losing track of what was being said, as I felt the need to reflect upon this moment. I recalled an image of the two well-thumbed books on my bedside table at home – ‘Menopause: The One-Stop Guide’, and ‘Menopause: The Change for the Better’. And sitting here in this room were the authors of those two brilliant books, chatting with me now, around this table! It was truly a ‘golden moment’! These two brilliant women have supported me from the beginning of the ‘Hot Women At Menopause’ journey, and I have learned so much from them both.
As well as the warm and positive energy in the room, Deborah was keen to ensure that the newly recruited team continue to deliver the quality services she and the Henpicked community have worked so hard to create. The challenge, as well as the support, was therefore evident, and I liked that, knowing that “nothing worth having comes easy.” (Theodore Roosevelt).
I am so looking forward to working for, and with, the Henpicked clients, in the new year, helping them put the right systems in place to support, empower, and get the very best from their workforce.
Visit Henpicked here to see all that it offers women, both personally and professionally. You may be surprised to learn that whilst menopause typically happens between the ages of 47 and 53, early menopause affects approximately 5% of the population before the age of 45, and POI (Premature Ovarian Insufficiency) affects 1% of women before the age of 40, with one in 10,000 women experiencing POI under 20. (The Daisy Network) You can see then, why this subject is important for everyone to be aware of, and why it is urgent to raise menopause awareness and make a difference, in the workplace NOW!
“We are an ageing population and women are living longer and, of course, employers need these women at work as the talent pool is ever-shrinking. There are fewer school leavers than ever before and fewer vacancies; it’s competitive to find the right person for the job.” Deborah Garlick
In November alone, Henpicked engaged more than 1,000 employers, which are now undertaking a whole raft of support, training, guidance, and conversations around menopause. Read Deborah Garlick’s full article here:
For menopause at work resources and menopause training for HR, OH, Line managers and employees, please visit Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace.