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Returning from maternity, paternity adoption leave or shared parental leave support group

Returning from Maternity, Paternity or Adoption

Returning from Maternity, Paternity or Adoption Leave

As part of the University commitment to Equality, Diversity and Wellbeing at Work, Staff Learning & Development and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team are offering men and women returners from maternity, paternity, adoption leave and shared parental leave the opportunity to get together. This includes colleagues in same sex relationships and couples who may have used a surrogate.
These informal sessions are un-facilitated and after an introduction by a member of the Staff Learning and Development Team, colleagues are left alone to:
    Share experiences in a safe environment;
    Hear about what has worked for others;
    Offer peer support;
    Discuss issues related to the balancing of work and caring responsibilities.
We provide light refreshments and you are welcome to bring your lunch. To book a place on this session please go to  

All meetings take place 5th Floor Roscoe Building 12.30-2.00pm, unless otherwise stated.  The next sessions available are:

  • Tuesday 20th November*
  • Wednesday 6th March
  • Wednsday 24th April
  • Wednesday 12th June
  • Wednesday 24th July
*we will welcome baby sleep coach, Nicole Ratcliffe to this session.  Nicole has worked with parents groups across Greater Manchester, providing advice and support on getting your new addition to the family off to a sound sleep; importantly giving you the chance to do just the same.

Alternatively, you can contact Denise Fieldhouse in Staff Learning and Development at:

Please feel free to take part in the group, to share experiences and advice with more recent returners even if you feel you might have been back too long. 

HR have recently composed some guidance which may also be of use