For the first time in its history, a menopause policy has been supported by Councillors to be implemented across Ceredigion County Council.

The Council’s Menopause Policy has been developed to help those experiencing troublesome menopausal symptoms, and to support them, their colleagues and managers in tackling the occupational aspects of menopausal symptoms.

Councillor Bryan Davies, Leader of Ceredigion County Council and Cabinet Member for People and Organisation, said: “The Council is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive working environment, where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect in their working environment. It is also committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of the whole workforce.

“The menopause is not always an easy transition but with the right support it can be much better. Whilst not everyone going through the menopause suffer with symptoms, supporting those who do will improve their experience at work. We hope to organise a workshop for Elected Members on the matter and the Council will also recognise World Menopause Day in October.”

It is estimated that in the UK around 1 in 3 people are either currently going through or have reached the menopause. Ceredigion County Council data in October 2022 records the corporate workforce (excluding schools) as 66.1% (1,355) female, 34.1% (698) of whom were between 45 and 64 and could be at an age where they are likely to be experiencing the perimenopause or have reached menopause. It is therefore important that the needs of this group are considered and proactively manage an age diverse workforce.

The Council’s People and Organisation Service will also provide further support for those experiencing menopausal symptoms by providing a menopause café where employees can meet and gain mutual support and information, as well as provide menopause awareness training for managers.