The first hurdle was to get everyone talking and so the Laughology style of delivery worked perfectly, fitting the police ethos. This opened minds to creating working groups that would support change processes, helping everyone work and live better through the menopause.
After meeting with their Chief Inspector, Yvonne Bruton, Laughology put together a programme that consisted of menopause awareness workshops for all the West Midlands Police.
We delivered several workshops, which included men, and helped with a campaign to engage them further. From there, they recruited champions, who went on to set up forums and challenge working practices that were unhelpful, offering solutions.
Examples of these solutions included:
As a result of the programme, a number of changes were put in place to help support members of the police force experiencing the menopause or menopausal symptoms.
West Midlands Police has taken a positive stand around improving the well-being of all their employees. Whilst their work around menopause has allowed women to feel more confident to talk about their experience and feel more supported, it has also had a positive impact on the rest of their colleagues.
Showing understanding and consideration has enabled many women to continue to work instead of taking sick leave.
Our programme was so positive, it also started a national movement in the police to be more menopause aware - including creating their own guidance.