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The Men’s Network has been told it must change its name and objectives if it is to gain charity status.
In a letter from the UK Charity Board, The Network has been informed that in line with new equalities legislation governing charities, it can only be granted full charitable status if it changes its name.
According to the Board’s Senior Case Manager, Ms Avril Firth: “The Charity Board has considered your application and has come to the conclusion that restricting your services in favour of just men and boys cannot be justified under The Equality Act 2010.
“We recommend amending your charitable objectives to include women and girls and adopting a new name in line with equalities legislation.
“Options you may want to consider could include renaming your organisationThe Women’s, Girls’, Boys’ and Men’s Network, The Person’s Network or The Men’s, Women’s And People Of Non-Specific Gender Identities Network”.
The Board has also recommended that The Network consider changing some of its objectives to embrace a diverse range of people irrespective of their gender or gender identity.
The Network must now consider if it is prepared to change four of its key objectives – improving male health, helping boys at school, supporting fathers and getting more men mentoring – to improving all health, helping everyone at school, supporting parents, guardians, carers and step parents and getting more persons personing (or people peopling).
In a strongly worded response, Glen Poole, Strategic Director of The Men’s Network said:
“Only a fool could come up with such an idea. If it wasn’t so serious we’d consider offering the UK Charity Board a spot at our forthcoming comedy gig which you can read about by clicking this link now