It's been an incredible year for The Latte Lounge - catch up on all that we've shared with our community in 2022.
As 2022 draws to a close, it's been a year that has brought about SO many different challenges for so many of us, be that post-covid recovery, the effects of the war in Ukraine, the cost of living crisis and the passing of The Queen.
But we do hope that you will all manage to find some time for a little bit of rest and self-care as we see out the year.
It has always been the goal of The Latte Lounge to try and ensure that anyone who is struggling with peri menopause or menopause symptoms, or indeed any other health or wellbeing concerns, can get the help, information and support they need as soon as they need it.
That’s why we're always looking for new ways to engage with our existing community whilst also reaching out to the wider community too.
Read on for more of what we've achieved and shared in 2022....
The Latte Lounge membership
After more than five years of running our Facebook group of more than 25,000 women we recognised that we needed to find a way to provide closer support and more practical education about menopause and midlife to our community.
The membership supports women to navigate menopause and midlife with confidence. It's a close-knit safe space where our women can understand in simple terms what's really going on with their body and mind during menopause. We help them to learn directly from top experts in exclusive masterclasses and Q&A sessions, and create their own personalised plan of action using our resources and how-to-guides, all whilst also feeling more motivated to get started.
Highlights from the year include giving our members the chance to try out yoga to ease their menopause symptoms, ask a menopause specialist all about HRT in a Q&A, and set their own goals for self-care using our downloadable workbook.
The Latte Lounge podcast - Midlife and Menopause Uncovered
Our podcast launched in June 2022 with six episodes exploring our fluctuating hormones, the impact of menopause on our sex life, how fitness can play an important role in midlife and lots more.
Our founder Katie Taylor shared her story in our first ever episode and we were joined by guests including Dr Philippa Kaye, Dr Annice Mukherjee and campaigner Diane Danzebrink.
We’ve now recorded over a dozen episodes and are well into our second series with more guest experts including Dr Naomi Potter on hot flushes, Professor Guy Leschziner on sleep and insomnia and many more. Plus series three is due to come out in February 2023!
We hope you’ve enjoyed listening to it and do let us know if there are any topics you’d like to see/hear from us in a future episode.
We really appreciate your support with this podcast - every follow/subscribe or positive review really makes a difference by enabling us to continue to bring you this free content.
The Midlife Festival 2022
A total of 13,000 women registered to join our second annual 'The Midlife Festival' in October where we hosted talks with 25+ medical specialists and guest experts including Professor Nick Panay, Professor Tim Spector OBE, Davina McCall, Nadia Sawalha and many more.
Topics were far-ranging and included everything from perimenopause, style & confidence, nutrition, fitness, gynaecological health, heart health and much more.
The entire event was free to watch thanks to the support of our sponsors Clarins, Holland & Barrett and Sylk Natural Lubricant. If you're a brand who'd like to get involved in 2023 we'd love to hear from you!
While the event is now over, you can still watch all of the sessions on-demand with our lifetime access VIP Pass - available here.
We can’t wait to do it all again with you in 2023!
Free events and resources
We’ve also been incredibly busy this year continuing to run many of our very popular free Facebook and Instagram lives.
As ever we have continued to raise awareness with our founder Katie Taylor sharing her own story and insights and also those of our community both with the media and through supporting the #MakeMenopauseMatter campaign work too.
Highlights from this year have been:
Speaking on a panel at Hearst Media for International Women's Day
Talking in the studio at GB news about the impact of the HRT shortage
Featuring on BBC politics discussing the HRT shortages
Sharing in The Sun about how HRT was the missing piece in the puzzle for me
Talking to iNews about the HRT shortages continuing
Taking part in the World Menopause Day rally outside Westminster
Partnering with Hello Magazine to take part in a panel discussion, alongside Gabby Logan, Nadia Sawalha and Lavina Mehta MBE
Featuring on Sky News speaking to Kay Burley about the findings of Nurofens Gender Pain Gap Index Report
Katie is the CEO and founder of The Latte Lounge which she created after suffering with undiagnosed perimenopausal symptoms for many years, which she struggled to find any relevant support for, both on and offline.
Every day Katie and the team hear from, and help, hundreds of women who come to The Latte Lounge for support, information and signposting for all their (and their families) health and wellbeing issues.
Her passion and commitment to supporting and challenging women's health inequalities stems from a desire to carry the baton of her fathers work in the field of breast cancer, and in memory of his mother (her grandmother) who tragically lost her life at a very young age to this cruel disease.
Previously Katie worked in PR, marketing, fundraising and event organising for a variety of charities, helping children and adults with learning disabilities, seriously ill children and teenagers in hospital, as well as supporting adults with mental health problems.