Including Men and Boys in Brighton & Hove

The people who run our city have a strategy to improve the quality of life of everyone who lives here by tackling inequality and disadvantage and giving everyone the opportunity to help make Brighton & Hove a success.

During 2010 The Men’s Network set about meeting and talking with a wide range of people who work in the city – council workers, NHS staff, the emergency services, charity workers, volunteers, business people and people who live and work in Brighton & Hove –  to get a better understanding of what the city is already doing to:

  • Improve the quality of life of men and boys in Brighton & Hove
  • Tackle the inequality and disadvantage that men and boys experience
  • Give men and boys the opportunity to make Brighton & Hove a success

What this process has confirmed for us is a proud belief that Brighton & Hove is probably the most diverse, creative and forward-thinking city in the world and is home to some truly wonderful people who are doing amazing work to improve the lives of men and boys in our city.

What we’ve also uncovered is a systematic failure to recognise that men and boys are a distinct group with specific needs that is starkly demonstrated by the fact that while a boy born in the poorest area of our city will die THIRTEEN YEARS sooner than a wealthy girl, women’s projects still receive nearly THIRTEEN HUNDRED TIMES more funding than men’s projects.

As the city’s leaders are committed to giving everyone the opportunity to contribute to our city’s success – and as the Big Society Agenda now demands that public sector organisations open up and embrace innovative ways of working with the public to deliver better public services – we are inviting everyone who cares about improving the lives of men and boys in Brighton & Hove to join us in delivering the world’s first citywide strategy for men and boys. We believe that our city can only fulfil on its promise to improve the quality of life of EVERYONE in Brighton & Hove if we are prepared to focus on the specific needs of men and boys by:

  • Developing a culture of public service that is both pro-male and pro-female
  • Building local groups, communities and networks that involve and support men and boys
  • Helping men and boys to access whatever support and help they need in life
  • Helping men and boys lives longer, happier, healthier lives
  • Helping boys do better at school
  • Keeping men and boys safe by reducing crime, violence and anti-social behaviour
  • Supporting dads to be involved in their children’s lives

If we work together do this, to not only will it improve the way our city works for men and boys it will also make Brighton & Hove a healthier, happier and safer city for women and girls too. That’s why we are confident that our strategy for men and boys has the potential to improve the quality of life of EVERYONE who lives in our city.

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 A brief history to the strategy, OUR STRATEGY 2011-2014

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