A CAFE gathering aimed at breaking down the stigma around the menopause is being held in Wimborne this month.
A Menopause Café will be held at Hyacinth House, in Wimborne Road West, from 6.30pm to 8pm on Tuesday, November 28.
The event aims to discuss the menopause and increase awareness of the impact on those experiencing it, their family, friends and colleagues.
The gathering will be a discussion group, open to all ages and genders: no talks, no experts, no judgment; topics are chosen by participants, organisers said. The last event was held in September at Little Pickle at the Mill saw more than 20 participants get involved.
Rachel Weiss, founder of the Menopause Café charity, said: “The Menopause Café is for everyone who wants to talk about the menopause, to share their stories, experiences and questions – all made that little bit easier with tea and cake.
“Unfortunately, many people feel that they should just ‘get on with’ the menopause, with some never talking to their friends or family about it.
“People can come along and just listen, or join in the discussions, hopefully leaving with a clearer sense of the impact of the menopause on those who are experiencing it, alongside their families, friends and colleagues.”
Kirsty Wark, patron of the Menopause Café Charity, added: “I am delighted to be a patron of this charity which is dedicated to get everyone talking about the menopause. This is the way to a healthier, happier future.”
The event in Wimborne is being organised by Rona Jones and Nicki Curtis.
Rona said: “For many people, menopause is a long road and one that still isn’t talked about very much, although there has been more media coverage recently.
“I believe that we benefit hugely from sharing our experiences. We have had great support for our first two cafés and the feedback has been really lovely.
“People who came along have said that they have found it really supportive to connect with others in a non-judgmental space.
“Some women brought along books they have found helpful and shared details of local yoga classes and other services as well as online resources.”
For more information on the free event, log on to https://www.facebook.com/MenopauseCafeWimborne and to register to attend, see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/740244821187?aff=oddtdtcreator.