With the end of the year approaching fast we thought it would be a great idea to take a quick look back at our favourite Top Ten achievements of 2011 (with BIG apologies to everyone who’s made a big contribution this year and doesn’t get acknowledged in this list):
TEN: We loved creating the city’s first Men’s Mental Health Week in March with hundreds of people taking part in over a dozen events.
NINE: We inspired a hundred people to volunteer through our Action Men project funded by the Sussex Community Foundation. Action Men was designed to close the volunteering gender gap by making it easier for more men to give time to helping a good cause.
EIGHT: We were surprised to be asked by the NHS to be a gender expert on their Equality Impact Assessment panel and delighted to help overturn a decision to deny a man (and his female partner) fertility treatment.
SEVEN: Our Dads Connect project (in partnership with SuperDads) has brought hundreds of dads and kids together in fun weekend activities with help from funders like Novas Scarman and the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership and continues to thrive.
SIX: We were delighted to become the city’s first ever Community and Voluntary Sector Forum Representative for Men and Boys – thanks to the votes of the Forum’s membership.
FOUR: 15 would be leaders bravely took part in our first Community Leaders Programme that motivated more than 100 people to volunteer and led to the creation of 9 new projects. We will be running the programme again in 2012.
THREE: This year we became the national co-ordinator for International Men’s Day (IMD) and helped create the biggest ever celebration of the day ever see in the UK. Next year we will expand our role in IMD by becoming co-ordinator of the online community worldwide
TWO: We were delighted to welcome autistic testicular cancer survivor Ryan Walshe into our team and help him create the Talking Testicles project that has seen him give cancer awareness talks to over a 1,000 teenagers in Brighton & Hove.
ONE: The highlight of our year has to be hosting the First National Conference for Men and Boys in Brighton & Hove and attracting 150 delegates and a host of great speakers.