Supporting Men And Boys

If we are to be more effective at helping Men and Boys to get both the access to and the outcomes from services they deserve then we need to recognize that Men and Boys are a distinct group with specific needs.

The systematic resistance to identifying men as a hard-to-reach group with a distinct set of gendered barriers not only fails men, but is a missed opportunity that broad range of services could reap significant benefits from.

Is it coincidence that:

If we are to create a City That Works For Everyone – Men And Boys Included then addressing the very practical barriers that men face to such as opening hours and locations that are compatible with their working patterns would be a good place to start.

Furthermore, taking supportive action to help Men and Boys overcome the barriers of male socialization that make it more difficult for men in general to seek help would have a radical impact on men’s health and wellbeing.


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

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2 comments on “Supporting Men And Boys
  1. […] SUPPORTING MEN AND BOYS: The standard approach to supporting hard-to-reach groups is to identify the barriers that these groups face and offer specific support to help overcome the barriers. As the public sector locally does not recognise Men and Boys as a distinct group with specific need it rarely considers the barriers that Men and Boys face and therefore cannot provide specific support for Men and Boys to overcome these barriers. Read more about Supporting Men and Boys to overcome barriers here…. […]

  2. […] SUPPORTING MEN AND BOYS by identifying the barriers they face to accessing public services and helping them to overcome these barriers […]

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