Maureen Anderson

Strengthening relationships by empowering people, women & their families through all stages of their lives

I am a parenting consultant, working with parents, families and supporting early years professionals in their practice. I am also a speaker and facilitator (if I believe it, I can deliver it).

I studied Anthropology at Goldsmiths College University of London – giving me the knowledge and skills to ask the questions that satisfied my curiosity in people, but more so it reinforced my genuine appreciation of enjoying the stories shared by people and how we relate to each other, our environment and how we navigate - against the odds to find that which brings us joy, hope, faith, charity and clarity.

I have worked in the voluntary and public sector prior to establishing Parent Lab. My passion is 100% on the well-being of each individual within the family and within society. Therefore it's important that clients feel respected, seen, heard and valued in the spaces they occupy and that they are left more confident in the roles they then choose to play in their lives.

I have three project areas (and more continue to grow):
MAMM - 'Maureen Anderson's' menopause moments - we focus on the 3 Ms of MAMM - Mouthfuls, Movement and Moments;
The Black Menopause Collective - collaboration of conversations;
MAMA - Men and menopause awareness - menopause is not just a 'woman's' issue. Our menopause support is inclusive and we offer a safe spaces;
MA - Menopause Awareness for all - if you are LGBTQ+ (we may not have all the answers but we have the heart to hear and support so we extend the hand of inclusion) 'the long and unpredictable road travelled together teaches much' - we guide you to this website for further information: QMChttps://www.queermenopause.com/qmc).

All projects are offered with the Deaf Community in mind and with the support of BSL interpreters and Project Talawah this is made possible.
The Kitchen Table – a space for people that have experienced loss: and 
Parent Lab - a safe space for parents to access support through all the stages of their parenting journey.

info@maureen-anderson.co.uk 
Book Launch 19.9.2024
In 2020 my parents died within four weeks of each other.  That's my contribution to this anthology.  During the pandemic my life and the lives of my siblings (and our children) changed forever - we became adult orphans. Our family were not unique during this time and our thoughts are with all those who lost loved ones during Covid.

People from all walks of life and varied backgrounds courageously share their experiences of grief and healing.

Heartfelt and powerful, writen with courage and vulnerability so that you, the reader will know that you are not alone and that our voices and experiences matter.

Why Black Grief and Healing?  Because often our experiences are written or 'captured' by others, here we use our own words, in our own styles about our grief.  

I have no doubt that this book will form part of a tool kit for health practitioners, for academics, for employers - we need to talk about death and dying, we also need to talk about healing within the community.

Thank you to Dr Yansie Rolston and Patrick Vernon for imagining this anthology and having the time and determination to reach out to their network and encourage the writing of their grief story. Another thank you is to Jessica Kingsley publishers for bringing this to print and finally a massive thank you to Stuart Lawrence for writing the foreword to this book.

The Kitchen Table

A safe space to talk about loss.

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MAMM - Menopause Moments

A safe space to embrace your menopause journey your way. We share information so that you can make an informed decision on what is best for you. It's your menopause, do it your way.

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MAMA - Men and Menopause Awareness

A safe space for men to learn more about the menopause.

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Parent Lab

A safe space to get support with parenting at all stages of the journey. Conversations support evidenced based strategies to engage family members in working as a team for the benefit of creating and sustaining harmony. Often misunderstandings occur within families - let me assure you that this is usual, take time to listen then the other person will do the same. We cannot ignore that our children will model behaviour that they have seen or heard - let's consciously show and tell them what we want to see reflected.

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PURCHASE PAY FUND DONATE

If it's about money, this is the page that you're looking for.

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PLEASE BUY THE BOOK 
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Available from the publisher Jessica Kingsley here: 
https://uk.jkp.com/products/black-grief-and-healing

Available from Amazon here:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Grief-Healing-Health-Inequality/dp/1839973277

Available from WHSmiths here: 
https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/we-cant-grieve-talking-about-black-grief-trauma-and-health-inequality/yansie-rolston/patrick-vernon/paperback/9781839973277.html?utm_campaign=eq_whs_639029&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=awin&awc=3017_1721242614_8252f2afba1ce49bd78dcb263266ae16

Independent book store 
https://www.pagesofhackney.co.uk/webshop/product/black-grief-and-healing-why-we-need-to-talk-about-health-inequality-trauma-and-loss/

Independent book store 
https://www.thisisbooklove.com/product-page/black-grief-and-healing-why-we-need-to-talk-about-health-inequality-trauma

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About the book

"When Black people mourn, it is not only for the passing of loved ones. As a community, Black people will also be mourning the systemic inequalities, racial prejudices and oppressions we experience daily." 

The stories and poems in this anthology illuminate the unique ways loss affects the Black community, and the effects of the widespread lack of understanding of traditional rituals and beliefs. They show us how experiences of collective loss during the pandemic, the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire and ongoing systemic health inequalities are experienced not just as individuals but also as part of a global community. 

Contributors from a range of backgrounds, professions, and identities discuss the challenges of grieving under the shadow of continuing adversity, including threats of deportation. Sources of strength and healing are also explored, from personal and spiritual responses to community initiatives and activism.

Poignant and inspiring, these are stories we all need to read, and provide us with insights into lives and losses which are all too often misunderstood and side-lined.

Published: Sep 19 2024 Pages: 256 ISBN: 9781839973277

If you would like a contributor to visit your organisation please contact me at:
 info@maureen-anderson.co.uk 


FUNDING

We do not receive any statutory funding and yet 13 million women in the UK cannot wait for the Government to decide when women get MENOPAUSE support. This is why I am hopeful for further donations to come through on the Go Fund Me fundraiser.  This  number of 13 million may not include those who were born female but who now identify as male or indeed those who have had a re-assigned gender and hormone therapy.  

WHO IS MAUREEN ANDERSON

I am a sister, aunty, mother, grandmother and a parenting consultant, I am the founder of MAMM (all about menopause) and I am the host of The Kitchen Table, launched on Saturday 10th July 2021 thanks to The Ubele Initiative - The Kitchen Table is a place for those who have experienced loss to come together to be heard or to listen as we each navigate our way through the complexities of grief. I also founded MAMA - a safe space for men to talk about and gain some understanding of the menopause journey. If you haven't realised yet - menopause is not a destination. Change is coming and those changes affect men too.

WOMEN of the UK

Are you one of 13 million women struggling, suffering with the uncertainty or distress of menopausal symptoms? We have been working hard to establish a Personal Menopause Plan - tools to support you with your health provider and in the work place. Email for an update and to register for yours.

Your menopausal journey isn't waiting for Government support- so why should you?

If you would like to donate please see
 GoFundMe- Maureen Anderson or contact me directly.

In 2023 I'm taking the menopause conversation to your city, starting in Manchester. Then I'll be visiting Huddersfield/Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham and London. Watch out, look out or make contact. If you would like a visit please contact me at: info@maureen-anderson.co.uk 


For: Maureen Anderson - 2 questions: what would you like (consultation, speaker, presentation, workshop) and what your budget is (Services start from £250 minimum)

  • London, England, United Kingdom

Maureen Anderson She/Her Mb: 07740 856 177


Plan it, Live it, Love it - do you want to partner in our menopause mission 'Inclusive For All'?

  • London, England, United Kingdom

Maureen Anderson She/Her Mb: 07740 856 177


  •  22/06/2023 09:00 AM
  • Location: To Be Announced

Launch day of the book Black and Menopausal - Edited by Dr Yansie Rolston and Yvonne Christie. A long awaited anthology of black people's experiences of menopause. One of the contributors is Pamela Windle - woman's health coach of Smarterchange.co.uk - she shares her very powerful story. Available from JK Publishers, Amazon and WH Smiths.

  •  29/05/2023 06:30 PM - 29/05/2023 08:30 PM
  •   Institute of Contemporary Arts

Our Menopause Stories - the premiere takes place at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Pall Mall London UK. A film by Nicola Cross showcasing some of the experiences of Black women in the UK on their menopause journeys. Breaking down barriers and proudly showing up and sharing. It's a first for the UK.

  •  14/04/2023 06:30 PM
  •   Austin Burke Memorial Hall

The MAMM Roadshow continues in Leeds - invite a friend or work colleagues, family too - this is a safe space for all to come and share experiences and consider solutions to the menopause journey. A call to action, let's come together to support each other and to be supported. Maureen and local lass Paula Stuart of 'Thrive with menopause' will be hosting the evening.

  •  20/05/2023 10:00 AM
  •   London, UK

It's our 3rd Year of MAMM and we are pleased to welcome you to a celebration of siStars, coming together to break bread, reconnect and share stories. Let's walk, talk and eat together with Simba the menopause Cavapoo.

  •  20/04/2023 07:30 PM
  • Online Event

The Black Menopause Collective - in Conversation with returns in Spring 2023 #MeNopausalToo hosted by Maureen Anderson, the Founder of MAMM. Please donate what you can from as little as £2.00 your contribution will support us in reaching out to those who are not on social media. We will continue to spotlight a phenomenal person who will share their menopausal journey as well as the incredible work or projects they are part of.

  •  30/03/2023 07:30 PM
  • Online Event

The Black Menopause Collective - in Conversation with returns in Spring 2023 #MeNopausalToo hosted by Maureen Anderson, the Founder of MAMM. Please donate what you can from as little as £2.00 your contribution will support us in reaching out to those who are not on social media. We will continue to spotlight a phenomenal person who will share their menopausal journey as well as the incredible work or projects they are part of.

  •  16/03/2023 07:30 PM
  • Online Event

Spring 2023 The Black Menopause Collective - in Conversation with ... returns #MeNopausalToo hosted by Maureen Anderson, the founder of MAMM. Please donate what you can from as little as £2.00 your contribution will support us in reaching out to those who are not on social media. We will once again be Spotlighting a phenomenal person who will share their menopause experience as well as highlight that they are indeed, more than the menopause.

  •  18/10/2022 07:30 PM
  • Online Event

The Black Menopause Collective is set up to Spotlight marginalised groups in the menopause space here in the UK. Once a month a guest will be interviewed and they will share their menopause journey and other aspects of their lives. International Menopause Day 2022 we are honoured to be interviewing two guests: Prof Marai Larasi and Angie Le Mar - two phenomenal people who tirelessly work to make society a better place. We will be joined by two BSL interpreters as we are committed to inclusivity and are aware that our sisters within the deaf community are often unable to access support.

  •  14/07/2022 07:30 PM
  • Online Event

The Black Menopause Collective is set up to Spotlight marginalised groups in the menopause space here in the UK. Once a month a guest will be interviewed and they will share their menopause journey and other aspects of their lives. Our first guest is Pamela Windle - women's health coach. Based in Nottingham, Pamela hosts courses for women via her Flourish and Thrive course. Contact Pamela via Smarterchange.co.uk

  •  20/05/2022 09:00 AM - 20/05/2022 09:00 PM
  • Location: To Be Announced

20th May is MAMM Founders Day - watch this space for our Online event celebrating our 2nd year. This day represents Unity - a Rite of Passage for every woman. We are a Sisterhood a Womanhood and we support and elevate all women on her journey of growth.

  •  18/10/2021 08:00 PM
  •   John Lewis Oxford Street, London, UK

World Menopause Day 2021. Lets Talk About Menopause. Today Maureen is with 'I am Enough Productions' in John Lewis Oxford Street London.

  •  10/03/2023 07:00 PM
  • Online Event

Menopause is not a woman's issue. If you want to have some awareness and understanding then this workshop is for you and your friends. Ask your curious questions in a safe space set up with you in mind. You will not be the expert in another's journey but you will leave with a greater sense of empathy and suggestions of how to support the person whether partner, colleague, sister, daughter or other.

  •  15/06/2022 07:00 PM
  • Online Event

Menopause is not a woman's issue. If you want to have some awareness and understanding then this workshop is for you and your friends. Ask your curious questions in a safe space set up with you in mind. You will not be the expert in another's journey but you will leave with a greater sense of empathy and suggestions of how to support the person whether partner, colleague, sister, daughter or other.

  •  06/06/2022 06:30 PM
  • Online Event

First Aid for Menopause is an 8 hour course run over four weeks. All are welcome to attend to give you the confidence to speak with your health provider or holistic therapist. Moreso, the course will show you that you are not alone and that others are willing to sit with you and allow your voice, experiences and feelings to be heard.

  •  03/05/2022 06:30 PM - 23/05/2022 08:30 PM
  • Online Event

First Aid for Menopause - this is an 8 hour course for you. Are you wondering if your menopause has started? Are you feeling alone with no one to share your experiences with - well look no further - the MAMM sister circle is for you. We share, listen, educate and empower you to choose the best options for your personal menopause journey.

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We realise that menopause does not just affect women, but men, colleagues and family members too.  

Please contact me via the form if you wish to have a workshop for your group - we support men in the workspace, within the community and within faith groups.

The men's workshop is three hours duration and can be delivered at times to suit your organisation. 
  •  19/09/2024 10:00 AM
  • Location: To Be Announced

Publication Day and Launch announcement of Black Grief and Healing - published by Jessica Kingsley Publishing; Edited by Dr Yansie Rolston and Patrick Vernon

  •  18/08/2030 08:00 PM
  •   3557 Pretty View Lane, Alderpoint CA

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  •  30/11/2030 08:00 PM
  •   2816 Cinamon Lane, San Antonio, TX

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  •  25/12/2030 09:00 PM
  •   1684 Wildrose Lane, Detroit, MI

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