Caroline Johnson recently met with the lead for the BCC menopause support group – who shared the Birmingham City Council ‘Women’s Wellbeing Wednesdays’ which we thought would be of interest to our members:
Together with the Active Wellbeing Society and the This Girl Can campaign we bring ’Women’s Wellbeing Wednesdays’, with a focus on menopause and healthy ageing. Suitable for all ages, help us grow the conversation to be better prepared for menopause and share ways to help manage some common symptoms of menopause.
Sessions will happen over Zoom – which is accessible from a BCC device if NetMotion is not connected. Here are the links to book:
- 15 September, 1pm-1.45 pm
Hormone changes – how these may impact during menopause
- 29 September, 1pm-1.45 pm
Optimal nutrition – discussing foods that may help in a holistic way and those that may cause irritation
- 13 October, 1pm-1.45 pm
Why sleep can be an issue – tips to help yourself
- 27 October, 1pm-1.45 pm
Optimal exercise in menopause – bone, joint and heart health
- 10 November, 1pm-1.45 pm
Anxiety and mood – holistic ways to help yourself and those around you
- 24 November, 1pm-1.45pm
Pelvic health – discussing pelvic health and changes that can happen with hormone changes
Link to Eventbrite booking page
- Lunch and chat’s back!
Several colleagues have suggested re-starting the popular ‘lunch and chat’ sessions, which before the pandemic took place at Woodcock Street. Going forward these will take place using Microsoft Teams. As well as the closed Yammer platform, they offer a safe space for female staff to talk about menopause and wider women’s health and wellbeing – or just connect to likeminded people!
Session work best with your input, so do please get in touch with topics to feature; attend to ask questions of peers; to offer tips on what’s working for you, or if you can recommend guest speakers that’d be most appreciated.
The first chats on Teams will be on: 6 October, 3 November and 1 December – all at 1pm-2pm
Calendar links to all the activities mentioned are here: full series of women’s wellbeing sessions and lunch and chat invites will come direct to everyone on the forum’s mailing list (200+)
Where possible events are at lunchtime, but it’s good to remember the council’s commitment to employee health and wellbeing, that staff can engage with wellbeing sessions held during works time – provided this doesn’t impact on essential duties, and a line manager agrees attendance.
- World Menopause Day 2021
The above information is shared directly from Birmingham City Council information.