Helping Men and Boys Get Help and Give Help

When we help men and boys to get help and give help, we transform the way the world works for everyone.  This can only happen if we support people to involve men and boys in creating opportunities for every man and boy in our city to give help and get help whenever they need it.

To help us deliver this objective in 2011-2012 The Men’s Network will appoint a Services Director. The role of the Services Director will be to connect and develop services for men and boys in the city and deliver cultural change at community level to promote help-seeking and help-giving behaviours relating to men and boys. Specific objectives could include:

  • Develop Boys’ Talk and Men’s Talk initiatives to promote help-seeking and help-giving behaviours relating to men and boys
  • Working with schools to ensure boys have access to appropriate 1-2-1 emotional support
  • Working with partners across the city to ensure that men have access to appropriate 1-2-1 emotional support in a variety of settings
  • Overseeing and developing the provision of men’s and boys’ groups in the city
  • Supporting the development of male volunteering particularly in services that support men and boys (eg mentoring, health trainers, sports volunteers etc)
  • Developing the provision of male-focussed services across the city
  • Building the capacity of a broad range of partners to offer services specifically designed to meet the needs of men and boys

RECOMMENDED READING: Read Mind’s online guide to Men’s Mental Health

About

Glen Poole is UK co-ordinator for International Men's Day, Director at the consultancy Helping Men and news editor of insideMAN magazine. Follow him on twitter @HelpingMen or find out more about his work at www.helpingmen.co.uk.

Posted in ACTION, Helping Men and Boys

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