February national round up of men’s stuff

We’ve got a bumper crop of interesting news items for people committed to improving services for men and boys in the UK in areas like fatherhood, men’s health issues, men’s safety and men’s personal development this month.

We hope you all find something of interest to click on in this newsletter and as always if you have any news and success stories and upcoming events you want to share with us, do please let us know. We love hearing from inspiring people like you who are working in the UK’s men and boys sector and it’s been really great to speak with so many of you in the past month.

Thank you all for the difference you are making in the world, we hope you enjoy the news:

DADS’ SURVEY

There’s still a chance for dads-to-be and dads with kids under five to win £100 by taking part in a 10 minute online survey to help the NHS improve the information it provides to dads. If you are a dad, if you work with dads or if you know some dads who’d love to take part please CLICK HERE NOW and forward this link to dads you know or do the survey today……….

MALE VICTIMS

There’s been lots happening in the world of male victims with several established men’s charities missing out on a £250,000 Home Office’s fund. If you know of any projects that have been awarded funding from the Home Office’s male victims fund, do please let us know.

A big well done to Esteem in Cornwall who have won more than £250,000 from the Big Lottery to help male victims of domestic violence  – click here for the story. Esteem will be represented at this week’s National Conference on male victims of domestic abuse hosted by The ManKind Initiative – click here for details.

Finally, congratulations to Survivors Manchester who marked three years helping male victims of rape and sexual abuse this month – click here for details.

HOME OFFICE COMMITS TO TACKLE MEN’S INEQUALITY 

The Coalition Government has outlined its commitment to tackle the inequalities men experience following a campaign led by The Men’s Network. Nearly 100 individuals and organisations working with men and boys backed a joint letter to parliament on International Men’s Day 2011. To read the Home Office’s response click here now. To find out the Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone failed to respond to the letter click here.

CONFERENCE FOR MEN AND BOYS

The date for this year’s Second National Conference for Men and Boys will be Friday 2nd November. Please make a note in your diary an do get in touch if you want to be involved or have feedback on how we can improve last year’s successful event – click here now.

HAS THE WORLD GONE DAD?

We’ve heard of several new dads’ groups setting up in 2012 so we’ve put together a great list of some of our favourite UK dad projects. CLICK HERE NOW to read the list and if you know of a project you think we should add, please drop us a line and let us know.

WORKING WITH MEN OVER 50

There’s a great new project for men over 50 offering events, listings and a range of resources for men in their 50s, 60s and beyond. It’s called Men Beyond 50 project, which is It is being set up by Alan Heeks, who has been leading men’s groups since 1997 and Max Mackay-James, a retired GP with a special interest in older men’s health issues. Click here now to read more

SEXISM AGAINST MEN

Have you heard the one about the student who is taking the LSE to court for sexosm against men in its gender studies department? If you haven’t heard about Tom Martin’s Sexism Busters campaign yet then why not click here and find out more

EUROPEAN GENDER CONFERENCE

Nick Duffel at the UK’s Centre for Gender Psychology is hosting an International Symposium for Men near Frankfurt in Germany. Called “Men and the Future: Sex, Authenticity And Power. Click here now if you want to read more.

SUPPORT MEN WITH EATING DISORDERS

Our friends at Men Get Eating Disorders Too has launched an online petition that aims to address inequalities around service provision and in particular the barriers men face getting help. Click here to read more

ARE JOB CUTS HITTING MEN OR WOMEN?

Women’s job losses were in the media last week with headlines claiming the women are bearing the brunt of public sector cuts. However, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has said these stories are misleading and that in fact there are now more women in work and less men in work. Click here to read the full story

MEN’S GROUPS  

We’re looking at putting together an online list of all men’s groups operating in the UK so if you know of any, please let us know. It the meantime to read about two examples of groups run by Kenny D’Cruz and Nick Clements click here now

HIGHLIGHTING MEN’S HEALTH

A quick reminder that Men’s Health Week is coming in June – click here to find out how you can get involved. Improving Men and Boys’ Health is also the theme of International Men’s Day in November 2012 and we’d like you all to consider getting involved with the day this year – click here to find out more.

WORKING WITH NEW DADS – EXPERTS NEEDED

Are you an expert at preparing dads for birth and their transition into parenthood? The organizers of a one day conference for midwifery and allied services would like to hear from speakers who are experts in this field. If this is you click now for more info.

THE MEN’S NETWOR AT TEDx

The work of The Men’s Network is to be featured in a day of inspiring talks at The London School of Economic (LSE) to promote the development of tomorrow’s thinkers and leaders. The aim of the TEDx (LSE) event is to support a generation of innovation, critical thinking and leadership in order to promote meaningful change in this world. To read more about this now click here

That’s all the news we have this month, as always we’ve put you on this list because we think you share our commitment to improve the lives of men and boys in the UK. If you don’t want to stay in touch with us and keep receiving information like this in future then please just let us know.

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.

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