Welcome to Pause Not Full Stop
The silence surrounding the menopause has led to generations of women being under informed about what to expect and how to cope with the symptoms they may experience when transitioning to menopause. Menstruation binds women together with common experiences breaking down barriers, this doesn’t yet seem to be the case with the menopause. It remains a taboo subject which many women do not feel comfortable talking about.
Society currently views the menopause negatively, with hushed conversations taking place between trusted friends. We want to start frank conversations where, with the help of a researcher, we encourage people to challenge their own and society’s view of the menopause, and question why it is still not readily acceptable to talk about it. No longer shying away but embracing it as a step to a new liberating stage of life. Discussing something still regarded as taboo and not readily talked about needs to be handled sensitively. Using drama, comedy and a variety of creative activities we will create safe, supported spaces and settings to kickstart and encourage what may be currently seen as difficult conversations for individuals, friends and family to start to explore the journey through the menopause with a smile instead of fear.
Find out more about Menopause at Let's Talk Menopause Ruth Devlin from Let's Talk Menopause will be at both our Janey Godley event and our Baking and Banter - Rolls workshop. Come along and meet her there.
We are delighted to be working with Dr Vanessa Beck from Bristol University to break down to taboos surrounding the menopause. Vanessa has carried out research into why starting conversations about menopause can be difficult and why we need to start these conversations. You can find out more about Vanessa's research here and more information about menopause resources here.
Join in with our Pause Not Full Stop events
Baking and Banter - Wholemeal Rolls Workshop
Join us at the first of our online baking workshops where, from the comfort of your own home, you’ll learn how to bake delicious wholemeal rolls and share your thoughts or experiences about menopause. This series of workshops is part of our Engaging Libraries, Pause Not Full Stop menopause project, trying to start more open discussions about the Menopause Our baking guru, Colin Lindsay from Bread in Fife will guide us through the baking part of the workshop before we take some time out to have a cuppa and some chat with Ruth Devlin who set up ‘Let’s Talk Menopause’. Ruth is keen to help raise awareness and provide accurate information about the menopause and how to make it as smooth a transition as possible. If you are a baking expert or have never baked before, everyone is welcome, just come along prepared to bake and to join in the banter!
Everyone who books will receive a recipe, equipment list and a pack of dry ingredients in advance of the workshop. Workshop duration is around 3 hours. We positively welcome partners, friends and family members to join in the conversation, so let’s get together and start breaking down those menopause taboos!
Baking and Banter - Oatcakes Workshop
Join in with our second online baking workshop where, from the comfort of your own home, you’ll learn how to bake delicious oatcakes and share your thoughts or experiences about menopause. This series of workshops is part of our Engaging Libraries, Pause Not Full Stop menopause project, trying to start more open discussions about the Menopause. Our baking guru, Colin Lindsay from Bread in Fife will guide us through the baking part of the workshop before we take some time out to have a cuppa and some chat with our research partner, Dr Vanessa Beck from Bristol University. Dr Beck has carried out lots of research into the way menopause is talked about, or not talked about, and is now hoping to carry out more work around the best way to hold those conversations.
If you are a baking expert or have never baked before, everyone is welcome, just come along prepared to bake and to join in the banter!
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We are very grateful for the support of Colin Lindsay from Bread in Fife and Mungoswells Malt and Milling in delivering our baking workshops.
If you've taken part in any of our Pause Not Full Stop activities or events and haven't yet shared your experiences, then please take a few moments to give us some feedback with this short Engaging Libraries survey. Find the survey here
This project is supported by the Carnegie Trust Engaging Libraries project. Engaging Libraries supports public libraries to run public engagement activities on research within the themes of health, society, and culture. It helps to facilitate partnerships between public libraries and researchers, and spark people's curiosity around topics that are relevant or interesting to them. The programme is a partnership between the Carnegie UK Trust, Wellcome and the Wolfson Foundation.