Let’s Talk Menopause
We are an organisation based in Scotland, but working throughout the United Kingdom. Let’s Talk Menopause was set up by Ruth Devlin and Jan Gordon (both with nursing backgrounds), to provide women with accurate, evidence based information and support regarding the menopause, enabling them to make more informed choices about the management of their menopause and provide a better post menopausal quality of life.
We work with individuals, within the community and the workplace. We provide informal, information workshops, which consist of one session approximately 2 – 3 hours, depending on the amount of discussion generated – with a break in the middle for refreshments. Average sized groups would ideally be between six and twelve women. Alternatively we can organise one to one sessions or can customise a workshop to suit your requirements.
The workshop consists of a presentation, followed by informal discussion where delegates have the opportunity to explore specific situations in depth. A handout with notes and information is provided for every one attending. To put your mind at rest, you do not have to speak in front of others if you don’t want to, or participate in discussion/question time – just turn up and hopefully you will go away better informed and feel more able to make informed choices on how to manage your own menopause, so in the long run have a better quality of life.
Each workshop is accompanied by refreshments – tea, coffee and baking and on occasion prosecco!!
If you would be interested, or know of a group of women who would be interested in a workshop please get in touch, contact details below.
Phone 07709 799718
Ruth presents the workshops and writes the blog on the home page. She is a qualified nurse, gaining her registration and working at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
After moving to the Scottish Borders she retired from nursing to follow her creative interests, setting up a business and working as a traditional upholsterer for over 20 years, latterly incorporating a family members firebellows business, which is still running today. She taught upholstery at evening classes for many years.
After experiencing an array of perimenopausal symptoms herself and realising the lack of consistent information available at the time, in 2014, Ruth and a team of like minded women with healthcare backgrounds set up Let’s Talk Menopause. Their principal objectives being to raise awareness about the menopause, demystify it and most importantly provide easy access to information and support.
Ruth’s medical background as a nurse means she is perfectly placed to bridge the gap between the medical profession and women in general, She has extensively researched the menopause in addition to attending the RCN accredited menopause courses. She is a member of the British Menopause Society and has liaised with menopause specialists to establish what women really want, and need, to know about the menopause.
She is passionate about providing women and employers with evidence-based information and support, helping women to make informed decisions about how to manage their menopause and so improve their quality of life.
She has been asked to contribute on several occasions on various media platforms including, Radio 4s Woman’s hour, BBC Radio Scotland, Radio Borders and the BBC Insiders Guide to the Menopause documentary with Kirsty Wark.
Ruth works within the community, the workplace and with individuals. Within the community providing workshops where needed and holding community drop in sessions. Within the workplace she tailors workshops to suit employers needs and has worked with many clients including the Royal College of Midwives and local councils. She also provides one to one sessions.
Ruth is married with three children, two dogs and a cat, loves cycling, playing netball and tennis, spending time with family and friends and has a great sense of humour.
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