21 October 2022
Could you be a whizz at planning the seating arrangements for our evening celebrations? Maybe you’re a born organiser and helping with the registration on arrival would be the role for you! Or maybe you just want a sneak peek at all the planning and are happy to help in any way …
As conference draws ever closer, we are looking for some dedicated conference volunteers 🙋♀️ to help us make this the best one yet!
We’re looking for people with the right stuff to join our planning group and would love to hear from anyone who is able to offer a little time to help. If this is you, please check with your manager and get in touch on our dedicated conference email: Conference2022@p3charity.org
Don’t forget to let us know you’re coming, your dietary requirements and whether you need a room, before Monday 31 October.
Perimenopause is when you might experience symptoms before your periods have stopped and can last several years. Menopause is reached when you haven’t had a period for twelve months.
Although the journey varies from person to person, according to a 2019 survey, 60 per cent of women feel the perimenopause/menopause has negatively impacted their work life. Common symptoms experienced include hot flushes, disturbed sleep and anxiety. Combined, these symptoms can often impact a woman’s ability to be at work, her confidence while working and quality of life.
Women going through the perimenopause/menopause also face some common challenges in the workplace, for example when office temperatures can’t easily be controlled, as well as difficulties multi-tasking and learning new things. As many as 70 per cent of women said they either hadn’t, or wouldn’t, disclose how their symptoms made them feel in case it impacted their career or affected their relationship with their colleagues.
A further challenging symptom of the perimenopause/menopause described by many women is ‘brain fog’, the people who experience this describe difficulties in remembering things, such as where they have left something, forgetting or muddling the dates and times for important meetings and difficulty in concentrating. When experienced together these symptoms are often distressing and can make work life harder, adding to feelings of anxiety and a loss of confidence.
To mark World Menopause Day and this year’s theme, Cognition and Memory Difficulties in Menopause—more commonly known as brain fog (see above)—P3 is proud to share a new Menopause Policy and support the wellbeing of colleagues experiencing symptoms.
We have recently signed the Wellbeing of Women Menopause Pledge.
By signing this pledge, we have committed to:
Our new Menopause Policy can be accessed HERE via the P3 Portal, and don’t forget there is access to professional counselling support and GP advice via Paycare. Most importantly, P3 are committed to ensuring managers and colleagues are familiar with the symptoms and impacts of the perimenopause/menopause.
Regular health check-ups, talking to your doctor, making sure you can get a good night’s sleep, eating a healthy diet and exercise can all help to improve wellbeing during the perimenopause/menopause. Be sure to speak to your GP to discuss your symptoms if you feel you need extra support or if you are under 45.
If you feel you are struggling at work you should talk to your manager, or, if you prefer, you can contact HR. Sometimes it can be hard to start a conversation about something so personal, so you may want to make a few notes before the conversation about what you are experiencing and what support you need.
You might also like to take a look at some of the resources available below.
If someone tells you they are going through the menopause you can help by showing understanding for the symptoms they are experiencing and how they are affecting them, offering support—for example, checking a piece of work—asking how they are, encouraging them to talk and making sure they feel supported as best as possible.
21 October 2022
Thank you to Gavin Ashley-Cox for sending in these photos! Our lovely Cirencester team hosted an event about the cost of living crisis and the support we can offer.
Top: Talking Together in Ilkeston, visiting the Lanes Farm and Garden Centre.
Middle left: Breast Cancer Awareness ‘Wear it Pink’ fundraiser at RPT.
Middle right: Sophie High treating everyone to her delicious homemade lemon cake!
Bottom left: Sara Brighty gave Hate Crime Awareness Week talks over in Derby.
Bottom right: Our fabulous ‘Money Advice Market’ event stand in Rugby.
Top: Celebrating Black History Month at our Yiewsley Navigator in Hillingdon.
Middle left: A fantastic pop-up café event in Coventry.
Middle right: Breast Cancer Awareness ‘Wear it Pink’ fundraiser at RPT.
Bottom left: Pool games and lunch in Wolverhampton with people we work alongside.
Bottom right: Charlotte Greenley kindly donated some brand new swanky board games to everyone at Arbury Lodge.
SHOUT OUTS OF THE WEEK
Hey, you! You with the good news, or the great accomplishment, or the landmark birthday …
Congratulations Julie, for a new opportunity after all your work with Warwickshire Young People. Best of luck in all you do!
Thank you to DOT, who braved the snow and ice to find people and bring them in to warmth and safety.