The Menopause Charity & Learning Disability Wales

The Menopause Charity has teamed up with Learning Disability Wales to launch a series of free easy read booklets about menopause.

These four free booklets are available in English and Welsh, and ensure menopause health information is accessible.

The guides have been produced thanks to Easy Read Wales’ promise to make free easy read resources every year about subjects that lack good quality accessible information.  Earlier this year Easy Read Wales asked people with a learning disability, carers and professionals what easy read information they needed. Menopause was one of the most popular responses.

We worked closely with Easy Read Wales to make sure the resources are accurate and relevant. Members of Cwm Taf People First quality checked the booklets to make sure the information was easy to read and useful.

“The booklets help people understand”

Jenny Haskey, CEO of The Menopause Charity said: “Over half of the population will experience menopause in their lifetime. Despite this, many still struggle to recognise the signs and symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, leading to delayed support and treatment.

“We want to help everyone understand the changes perimenopause and menopause bring, and are therefore delighted to be working on this important initiative with Learning Disability Wales.  These easy read menopause booklets ensure people with learning disabilities are able to access our trusted information, so they can thrive into their second half of life.”

Dee Montague-Coast, Engagement Officer of Fair Treatment for the Women of Wales said: “As the only patient-led charity and disabled people’s organisation in Wales dedicated solely to women’s health equality, FTWW is delighted to support the publication of these Easy Read Wales booklets on Menopause.  

Improving care for menopause is one of FTWW’s core campaigns. One of the biggest issues can be lack of information in a format that works for everyone who needs it. Having these booklets in English and Welsh means that more people who want to know about peri-menopause, menopause, treatment, and how to access services in Wales can benefit.  A big thank you and well done to everyone involved in creating such an important resource.” 

Members of Cwm Taf People First said:

“The pictures are really good, it really helps.” Rachel

“The booklets help people with a learning disability understand and it is important to have the information.” Lynne

“It has helped me understand what women go through so I can be sympathetic at certain times.” Lloyd

“I learnt from the booklet and it helped me talk to my mam about it.” Claire

“It helped me understand [perimenopause and menopause] and helped me understand what is happening to me.” Rachel

We know that people with a learning disability are at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and experience a significant amount of health inequality. It is important that people are aware of the risk and understand what they can do to keep themselves healthy.

We hope these new easy read resources, available in Welsh and English, will support and empower people to advocate for themselves. Our aim is to help people understand more about perimenopause and menopause, so they can take steps to get the support and treatment they need.

Click on the booklets below to download your free copy of our easy read menopause booklets.

Thank you to Learning Disability Wales, Fair Treatment for the Women of Wales and Cwm Taf People First for their support developing these booklets.

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