NORTHUMBERLAND County Council has signed up to a pledge to recognise the importance of supporting staff experiencing menopause in the workplace. 

The Wellbeing of Women’s Menopause Workplace Pledge requires organisations to make three key commitments to council staff who are impacted by the symptoms of menopause and their colleagues.

These commitments include recognising that the menopause can be an issue in the workplace and women need support, and actively supporting and informing your employees affected by the menopause.

Talking openly, positively and respectfully about the menopause is another commitment required.

Among those signing the pledge is acting deputy chief executive Rick O’Farrell, chief fire officer and senior champion of the council’s Menopause Staff Network Group, Paul Hedley, and co-chair of the Menopause Staff Network, June Kay. 

Cllr Wendy Pattison, cabinet member for adults' wellbeing, said: “The Council is extremely committed to ensuring our staff experiencing menopause are supported at work. 

“I was privileged to attend last year’s Menopause Conference during Menopause Awareness Month, and to hear from staff across the organisation sharing their lived experiences. 

“Signing the Menopause Workplace Pledge is a symbol of the council’s commitment to continue actively supporting employees affected by menopause.” 

The council is also recognised as ‘Committed to being a Menopause Friendly Employer’ by Menopause Friendly and is working towards accreditation, following an independent assessment.