A MENOPAUSE cafe is being launched at Silsden.

The initiative, at The Hive, is open to people of any gender or age.

Organisers say the discussion group aims to break down the stigma around menopause and raise awareness of its impact on those experiencing it, and their family, friends and colleagues.

Rachel Weiss, founder of the umbrella Menopause Cafe charity, says: "The cafes are for everyone who wants to talk about the menopause, to share their stories, experiences and questions – all made that bit easier with tea and cake!

"Unfortunately many people feel they should just ‘get on with’ the menopause, with some never talking to their friends or family about it. People can come along to the cafe and simply listen, or join in the discussions."

Jill Cook, centre manager at The Hive, is organising the cafe.

She says: "As I'm currently perimenopausal and know lots of friends and some colleagues who're experiencing symptoms, or are at some stage of menopause too, I've become aware of how much is not spoken about or is unknown.

"I want to help people talk about the menopause."

Booking for the cafe is recommended. Visit buytickets.at/thehivesilsden/1286489 or the events page at menopausecafe.net