Environment Agency Menopause Group
The cross government menopause group, set up by EA, is providing a good network for sharing information and ideas. They have representation from both large and small departments with new members joining weekly.
The group have secured agreement from Civil Service Learning to work with them on a module to help educate colleagues about the menopause, breaking down that taboo.
The Menopause Group was established as part of the EAs Women's Network in 2015 and DWP did the same in 2016. In both Departments a small group of colleagues came together to consider how to support those impacted by the menopause at work. They wanted to get the difficult conversation started. It's a tricky subject and a conversation most of the group wanted to avoid, but having the right information available for discussions can make a big difference. They established online support groups to share ideas, information, and somewhere to confidentially talk about the menopause. They developed a Menopause discussion pack to help start a conversation. It offers information about how the menopause can affect women and how changes in the workplace can help women to continue to perform well.