Age UK Norwich is collaborating with Panacea Pause to roll out an eight-week pilot programme aimed at assisting women navigate the menopause.

Commencing March 4, sessions will be held at St Elizabeth’s Crossroads on Cadge Road, from 6pm to 8pm on Mondays.

Around 13 million peri or postmenopausal women reside in the UK.

While some people remain unaffected, menopause can result in physical or psychological symptoms lasting several years, contributing to illness, mental health problems, and strains on occupation and relationships.

The programme is crafted with women in mind who are finding the symptoms of menopause or perimenopause are having a negative effect on their lives.

It provides personalised support to each person attending the course, dispensing information and advice to help manage their symptoms.

Each session comprises an information section, dealing with issues such as hormonal changes and dietary recommendations, followed by a gentle exercise session designed to build strength and reduce pain.

Michelle Rowlinson, a perimenopause coach from Panacea Pause said, "Many women have minimal knowledge about the menopause, and our goal is to provide valuable knowledge, enabling people to make informed decisions about managing their symptoms.

"It’s more than just a series of sessions; it's a supportive journey that acknowledges the uniqueness of each woman's menopausal experience."

Jamie Price, head of operations at Age UK Norwich, said:"Menopause has been under the spotlight recently as awareness is increasing around its impact.

"We wanted to offer support to those who need it so we’re really pleased to be teaming up with Michelle to launch this new course, which we hope will be the first of many.

"Sessions are free, friendly and focused.

"We hope people will leave the course with a positive plan for managing any symptoms they're dealing with and perhaps with some new friends too."

Contact Age UK Norwich on 01603 496 333 or email