West Belfast restaurant to host ‘Menopause Cafe’ event

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A restaurant in WEST Belfast will organize a “Menopause Cafe” event in the hope of lifting the taboo associated with the subject.

The event, which will take place at Applejacks Cafe in Caffrey Hill on Glen Road on November 11 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., was co-hosted by Sinn Féin Councilor Aine McCabe and the Upper Andersonstown Community Forum.

It is aimed at anyone who wants to meet other people who are facing similar issues related to menopause.

The evening will also be attended by nurses Anne McGale and Liz Winden-Kerr, who are particularly interested in menopause and women’s issues.

Ms McCabe said she approached the Upper Andersonstown Community Forum about the idea that she was “very supportive.”

“Applejacks were more than willing to help with this great initiative,” she said.

She said the event would not be a “briefing” but rather a chance for those who come to chat on a “very informal” basis.

“Coffee is a first introduction,” she said.

“I hope to offer an information session following this. We absolutely need to see more of the general public, not just women, to become aware of it. In general, it’s like a taboo subject.

“Some people have a harder time with it than others. It’s just something that women in general should be able to talk about with their loved ones, their family, their friends, their employers.”

She said the event, where tea, coffee, cakes and talks will be offered, is open to everyone, but participation must be reserved.

“Come and chat with other people who are going through this or who are afraid to go through this,” she said.

“Then we’ll take it from there. “

:: More information about the free event, including how to reserve a seat, is available on the Applejacks Facebook page or at www.facebook.com/aine.mccabe.73/posts/1713740722152876.


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