Peri/menopause support in the workplace

BVSC (Birmingham Voluntary Service Council), DRC (Disability Resource Centre), and Salus Fatigue Foundation have formed a Partnership to develop a new service to support working people women with menopausal hormonal health issues to stay in the workplace, and to support unemployed people with menopausal hormonal health issues to re-join the workforce.

Our aspiration is that every person of working age who needs support with their hormonal health receives it in a timely and accessible way that is personal to them. The Project will explore how to directly assist women, trans men and non-binary people from diverse communities, as well as people who are affected by their health issues.

Through the project we want to ensure everyone of working age who needs support will be empowered through better understanding of their sexual, reproductive and post-reproductive health needs. Individuals will be enabled to speak and be heard, to inform and influence policy to create future change in hormonal health support in the workplace.

A key aspect of our approach will be to encourage SME workplaces to develop a culture which is more accepting and supportive for people who experience menopause. By developing an Employer Pledge, we hope to support employers in making people feel confident in applying for employment where their health and well-being will be prioritised. We are developing a toolkit for SME employers to use in their workplaces, and we will be providing ‘lunch and learn’ bite size sessions for SME employers and employees.

If you would like to find out more about the project or get involved, please contact Sharon Clarke on sclarke@disability.co.uk or 03030
402040.

Funded through the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund, part of a partnership programme between Department of Health & Social Care, NHS England and UK Health Security Agency.