"In 2021 NI Rural Women’s Network identified a need for Menopause Training and Support amongst our members so we applied to the PHA for funding to deliver the Menopause & Me Programme. As part of the funding criteria we had to employ a suitably qualified and experienced facilitator. Anne McGale came highly recommended to us so we engaged her to deliver two six week Menopause Programmes to our members via Zoom.
I found Anne to be a friendly, caring, and optimistic person. She was always well prepared and punctual for each session. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the subject of menopause and perimenopause and conveyed this to the participants effectively throughout both six week programmes, covering all aspects of the menopause, from managing symptoms, alternative therapies, HRT and practical advice and tips .
Anne has a nurturing personality and went out of her way to help the women address their individual needs. The feedback from participants was excellent and I would highly recommend Anne as a facilitator."
Paula McAliskey, Engagement Officer, NI Rural Women’s Network
Allstate NI are passionate about educating and supporting our employees during perimenopause and menopause. We have had the pleasure of working with Anne since 2018. During this time Anne has provided Menopause education and awareness through her training, talks and courses. Allstate NI have partnered with Anne in more recent years offering our employees the opportunity to attend her Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) 6-week course for dealing with symptoms of menopause. Employee feedback on the CBT course has been extremely positive with participants rating it 5/5. One employee reported the course to be “life changing” for her. Allstate NI continue to partner with Anne with plans to offer more education and CBT courses in 2023. Martina Donaghy Senior HR Consultant
During the assessment, having someone listen to me and confirm that I have in fact started my menopause journey was a relief, having this confirmed felt like a weight lifted off of me.Your caring and professional manner while guiding me through the check list was refreshing, I didn't feel spoken down to and came away from the session invigorated now I know for certain what's going on inside myself, I'm not becoming forgetful, short tempered, emotional and irrational for no reason. Your positivity about the menopause was encouraging, it wasn't all doom and gloom, you provided me with some useful information and tools to make my journey as easy as possible. I felt supported and ready to start this next chapter of my life. I downloaded the Balance app and have been browsing through it to see what looks interesting/helpful.I had a great sleep after my visit and no napping this weekend either, so that was a surprise. Also my mood was very positive and light on Thursday and Friday at work which I am putting down to the acupuncture and massage. Some of the guys at work commented that I was different on Thursday but they weren't sure what it was.
Anne, I want to thank you once again for seeing my last week, I arrived anxious and unsure, then left feeling empowered and ready to take control of this situation after our one to one session.
Even though I am a healthcare professional I found the recent Menopause seminar very informative with lots of useful information. Very well presented and an enjoyable educational experience.
The Big Pause Workshop
The workshop was very well run. It was very educational and answered all of my questions.
It is a hugely important shift in the way we think about ourselves, and how, women over fifty can be better understood.
Great informative morning! I learned a lot from it.
The course and facilitator were fantastic and have already made a difference to my life by equipping me with the knowledge and skills to face the challenges of menopausal symptoms.
Enthusiasm was great and answers to questions were excellent. Anne exuded enthusiasm for life and the subject matter. She really engaged with the group and encouraged the group members to engage.
The instructor's knowledge was excellent. Anne’s professional experience as a nurse shone thru as did her personal experience with the menopause. It’s very apparent she is passionate about helping women with menopause.
Explanations by instructor were excellent. Anne has a great way of explaining the subject matter in lay-man terms giving examples to enhance our understanding.
Even though I am a healthcare professional I found the recent Course organization was Excellent. We all received the course literature and have it to refer to in the future.
The course content was perfect for anyone going thru the Menopause.
Instructor's contribution to the course was Fantastic. Anne is a very warm, personable, empathetic woman. She built great rapport with the group despite being on Zoom and made everyone feel comfortable.
The instructor's effectiveness in teaching the subject matter was excellent, bringing the right balance of medical knowledge, practical tips and personal experience.