Our Mission at Floresco is to help YOU to support YOUR female workforce through their menopause transition.
The workplace is changing, and the role that midlife women play in the workplace is changing with it.
With women over 50 currently shown to be the fastest growing sector of the workforce, it is inevitable that your organisation will likely have employees working through their menopause.
Why does this matter?
Because the physical and emotional changes that can affect some women as they transition through menopause can create temporary difficulties which may have an impact on performance.
Research has shown that as many as 25% of women have considered resigning as a result of a lack of support from their employer. With an estimated cost of £25-30K to recruit a vacant post, not to mention the loss of intellectual capital, it makes sense for employers to actively support their female staff through this natural life process
Owner and founder of Floresco Training and Coaching. Following a 32 year career with the Ministry of Defence, she spent the last 10 years in learning and development, as a trainer and learning advisor.
As well as holding a bachelor of arts degree in Business and Enterprise, Bev is a certified health coach, nutritionist and behaviour change coach, she set up Floresco initially as a health coach working with midlife women going through their midlife transition. Inevitably many of those women were experiencing menopausal symptoms which led Bev to delve further into the subject, especially as she had resigned her own career to start a business at the age of 52 whilst navigating her own menopause.
Bev is a member of the British Menopause Society and has worked with other menopause organisations including Henpicked – Menopause in the Workplace.
A request from Royal Air Force Air Command to deliver Menopause at Work training to their managers and female employees led to the expansion of Floresco to include Menopause at Work awareness training and a welcome return to her first love – teaching.
It very soon became apparent that this ‘hot topic’ (pun intended) needed to be understood by managers and business owners and Floresco’s mission to help organisations to support their female workforce through the menopause transition was forged.
How do we help?
We understand that just as no two women will experience menopause in the same way, no two organisations will have the same training needs. Consequently, our training packages are designed with you in mind. We will work together to ensure that the information your people receive is relevant and actionable and the training is tailored accordingly.
We deliver training to two specific audiences; Managers and Female Employees.
Our Supporting Employees through Menopause training is designed to provide line managers with the information and understanding to:
Our Coping With Menopause training is designed to educate female employees on the facts around menopause, the impact of menopause on health and wellbeing and the tools to manage their own menopause. The training emphasises the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices as well as providing information on medical and non-medical treatment options.
Our happy customers
Bev Thorogood of Floresco Training and Coaching took part in our Thrive at Bauer Week, in May this year. She presented a 45 minute live online ‘Let’s Talk Menopause’ workshop and a number of 1-2-1 sessions afterwards. All the sessions were extremely popular and we received very positive feedback from attendees. They found it really informative and appreciated us including this on our itinerary for the wellness and wellbeing week.
Bev did an excellent job, feedback from the staff was that she was very approachable and knowledgeable and made them feel comfortable and at ease. Bev very quickly understood our Boden approach and fitted in really well. She was extremely flexible with the delivery of the session and flexed to accommodate our shift pattern needs. The managers sessions were pitched just right, equipping them to talk about menopause without embarrassment and breaking some of the myths.
I was very impressed with the amount of information Bev was able to share with us – in a short time- yet in an engaging and friendly manner.
It was a great session.
Specialist Produce Training - J P Boden Ltd
Buckles’ Solicitors were lucky enough recently to have two of Bev’s Menopause in the Workplace Seminars, one for ladies going through the menopause and one for their Managers. I would say both sessions were extremely worthwhile and informative. This is a subject that is not openly spoken about generally let alone in the workplace despite the fact that a lot of ladies experience and often struggle with the symptoms for quite some time without actually knowing what’s happening. Bev made the two sessions interesting, and everyone was able to ask questions and share experiences. I comfortably recommend Bev and Floresco Training to other companies who want to raise awareness and understanding of the menopause
Head of HR and Engagement - Buckles Solicitors
So great to have you with us Bev at L’Oréal! Such an informative talk for all our colleagues! Talking about Menopause now at L’Oréal will be easier for all of my co-workers! Thanks so much Bev!
Active Cosmetics - L’Oreal UKI
I recently attended ‘Menopause Awareness Training – Coping with the Menopause Workshop’ at RAF Wittering, delivered by Bev Thorogood. The workshop was extremely well presented and covered a wide range of issues from explaining the three stages of the menopause to the potential symptoms and treatments available.
It was refreshing to be able to talk about the menopause and the impact it can have on individuals both personally and professionally. It was equally reassuring to learn that I’m ‘normal’.
As a result of the workshop I now have a better understanding of how I can deal with my own symptoms naturally but also what medical help is available if required. In addition, I also feel empowered not only to speak to my doctor about how to obtain treatment, but also to my line manager, who attended the employer session, should I have any concerns about how it may impact my work without fear of being dismissed as irrationally emotional. For far too long the menopause has been a taboo subject, particularly in the workplace. Menopause Awareness Training is a huge step towards breaking that taboo.
'Having recently attended one of Bev’s training session entitled Supporting Employees Through Menopause I would highly recommend her services to other employers. Bev’s clear information, professionalism, and own life experiences helped with giving me the knowledge needed to support and offer guidance to not only staff but also friends and family members alike. I am now more informed on the subject than I ever was and believe that other employers should take the initiative and move forward to train their staff on this emotive topic.'
Head of Estates and Facilities, New College Stamford
'During my tenure as a training validator, I had the pleasure of receiving training and carry out training quality validation for Bev Thorogood . The lesson was a safety critical human factors lesson using facilitation as a training delivery technique.
Facilitation requires; great communication skills, patience, confidence and an in depth knowledge of the subject matter, all of which Bev has in abundance.
Facilitation also requires the interaction and participation of all students, to achieve the set training objectives. I recall the superb use of an interactive game to get all student motivated and communicating well together. This led to group exercises, white board work and group discussions. I remember Bev ensured everyone was included in the lesson by changing rolls and controlling the group exercises with skill.
Bev Thorogood is an accomplished facilitator and any student on any of her courses would leave the lesson not only better informed and trained, but would of had a positive enjoyable learning experience.'
Senior Materials Engineer, Bae
'Our managers recently attended Bev’s training on Awareness of Menopause in the Workplace and had their eyes opened to the impact of menopause on women and the ways in which they can suffer at work. It has changed the way New College Stamford approaches the issues surrounding menopause in the workplace and is now factored into our approach to flexibility and making reasonable adjustments.'
Head of HR, New College Stamford
'I attended a training on menopause that Bev gave in Stamford a few months ago. At 47, I had started to experience a number of symptoms that I wasn’t sure were all related to the perimenopause so I felt that I needed to start investigating for myself!
Bev’s training was very enlightening, useful and great fun – not easy with what many consider to be a difficult subject! Not only was it jam packed with factual information but also gave some great ideas on how to mitigate some symptoms in a natural way, alongside the traditional treatments available from your medical care provider.
Bev encouraged a very interactive session and it was great to be able to interrupt and ask questions to get the most out of her impressive knowledge bank.
All in all, I came away with a much greater understanding of what was happening to me and the options available.
Would thoroughly recommend Bev for any training needs you may have.'
New College Stamford has run two 'Menopause Awareness' sessions through Floresco Training and Coaching. The sessions were very much appreciated by staff from a wide variety of roles, and feedback was hugely positive. The sessions were enjoyable, informative, interesting and delivered with warmth and, where appropriate, humour. The opportunity to ask questions and share experiences throughout was particularly appreciated, as was the information about the wealth of additional material available on this subject. I would recommend this training to everyone - it's a real eye-opener and it's certainly helped our organisation to appreciate the impact of menopause in the workplace and to think through what we can do to support colleagues.
Principal and Chief Executive, College Stamford
I had the pleasure of working with Bev during her time in her previous career. Her passion for training, coaching and mentoring was infectious and refreshing. A gifted facilitator, she captivates her audience from the outset, regardless of the size or demographic, and guides them through the session leaving no doubt that key messages have been understood by all.
Bev provided me with one-to-one fitness coaching which wielded excellent results. Her personable approach and warm demeanor ensured I felt comfortable discussing personal issues with her in order to achieve my best - an essential skill in her current industry!
Having attended many training courses I've had my fair share of exposure to different training and facilitation approaches. Bev is without doubt one of the best around and I'd highly recommend her to deliver training to any audience.
Senior Information Officer, Defence Infrastructure Organisation
I recently attended one of Bev’s Menopause in the Workplace Seminars and can honestly say it was extremely worthwhile and informative. Being a subject matter that is not openly spoken about until such time as you reach that “time of life”, a lot of ladies experience and often struggle with the symptoms for quite some time without knowing the full ins and outs of what is happening to their body. Bev made the session easy to follow, totally jargon free and a comfortable and safe environment for all to ask questions and share experiences. It was really nice to meet such a wonderful group of ladies. I can definitely recommend Bev and Floresco Training if you are looking to raise awareness and understanding of the menopause within your workplace. Fantastic seminar Bev thank you I learnt a lot.
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