Building The Taskforce

To help us create A City That Works For Everyone – Men And Boys Included – will facilitate the development of four key Taskforces with a broad partnership of individuals and organisations from across the city under the following themes:

  • Improving Male Health
  • Helping Boys Do Better
  • Keeping Men And Boys Safe
  • Supporting Dads

We will also support national and international partners who wish to engage with our strategy online or offline.

Our aim will be to appoint lead for each Taskforce to steer the group and help identify ways that each Taskforce can move the strategy to create a City That Works For Everyone – Men And Boys Included – forward:

Our key challenges to each taskforce will be:

  • Identify 10 key objectives that your team will aim to deliver upon over a 12 month period
  • Find ways to support members of your Taskforce and build capacity
  • Help run a year round public-facing campaign to help deliver on your objectives
  • Help run a symbolic event or week that helps deliver on your objectives
  • Share innovation and learning with other Taskforce members and across Taskforces
  • Evaluate progress and help improve our strategic approach in years 2 and 3 of the strategy

Our Taskforce themes reflect the four key areas of interest we have focussed on since we launched in March 2010.

On International Men’s Day in November 2010 we hosted a local conference – Improving Services for Men and Boys – where we formed 4 break-out groups focussed on these themes.

Not only did these teams generate some excellent ideas for improving our collective work in these areas in the future, there was a strong commitment from the delegates to make an ongoing contribution to work in these areas and thus the idea of our four Taskforces was born out of that demand.

The forming of these Taskforces is a recognition that we cannot do everything ourselves – far from it – and if we are serious about creating a City That Works For Everyone – Men And Boys Included – we will need to make maximum use of all the expertise and innovation within our city.

People who have attended our themed gatherings over the past year have found them to be beneficial and inspiring spaces and our intention is that the Taskforces will build on the quality of these gatherings and become dynamic and inspiring networks that take on their life on their own.

In time we expect the Taskforces will find the most effective and innovative ways to fulfil on the objectives of the overarching strategy but as a starting point we are proposing ten objectives that we recommend the Taskforces focus on.

As many of these objectives overlap across themes and work towards the bigger picture we are committed to retaining as many of these objectives as possible and we will be guided by the Taskforces on any areas they think we should and shouldn’t be focussed on in Year One of our strategy.

Work on building the Taskforces will start in the first quarter of 2011.


Glen Poole is Director of the Helping Men consultancy, UK co-ordinator for International Men's Day, host of the National Conference for Men and Boys and editor of the Good Men Project's International Men's Movement section. Follow him on twitter @HelpingMen or find out more about his work at

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One comment on “Building The Taskforce
  1. […] of our key objectives for the first year of our Citywide Strategy For Men And Boys (2011-2014) is to facilitate the development of four (plus one) key Taskforces with a broad partnership of individuals and organisations from across the city under the following […]

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