Three Telford mothers tackled the stigma surrounding the male and female menopause in a presentation as part of their higher education studies.
Kate Petford from Dawley Bank, Lucy Morris from Red Lake, and Deborah Collins from Donnington are on a Health and Social Care foundation degree course at Telford College of Arts and Technology.
As part of the course, they were asked to research and present an educational talk on a topic of their choice to the general public – and chose to look at the menopause.
The presentation was delivered in the college’s Orange Tree restaurant to a gathering of more than 20 people.
Kate, 48, a former pupil of William Brookes School in Much Wenlock, said: “We chose to talk about menopause and andropause (the male menopause) due to the potentially negative effect they can have on an individual’s daily life.
“We decided to do an event, instead of a promotional stall, to make sure we reached out to both genders.”
Mother-of-two Deborah, 32, said: “We wanted to give an educational presentation that provided people with relevant information, in order to distract from the stigma attached to the topic, and to raise awareness.”
Lucy, 31, who also has two children, has been combining her course with a part-time job looking after children with learning disabilities.
She described the TCAT course as ‘a great pathway which opens lots of doors to great and rewarding careers’ and said it had helped her to see her own career path more clearly.
Deborah completed work experience at the Oakwood extra care centre in Wellington as part of her studies, and said: “TCAT has fantastic courses which provide a balance of both taught lessons and self-research.
“The foundation degree in Health and Social Care is great for anyone wanting to push themselves, and has great staff support.”
Kate, who has a 14-year-old son but has previously lost two daughters to illnesses, said the course was ideal for anyone wanting to further their knowledge in the health care sector, and open up a diverse range of job opportunities.
After completing their TCAT studies, Kate and Deborah hope to go on to complete her honours degree Wolverhampton University, and Lucy wants to work with the early intervention team at a local authority.
TCAT tutor Sue Pugh said: “Their presentation was a great success; the students were professional, confident and very well informed on their subject. They should be very proud of their achievements.”
You can find out more about all of TCAT’s courses at a Specialist Open Event on April 26, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. For more details, see http://www.tcat.ac.uk