10.30am –1.00 pm: The Best Practice Showcase


10.30am –1.00 pm: The Best Practice Showcase

A great showcase of 15 of the UK’s leading frontline experts working with men and boys today in areas like fatherhood. mental health, community safety, personal development and mentoring/rites of passage.

10.30 – 10.50 session: working with men of all backgrounds 

10.30: Ben Dew, Chair of The Men’s Network, shares his experience of working effectively with men and boys from diverse backgrounds including separated excluded boys, male carers, fathers in contact with social services and gay, bisexual and transgender young men.

10.40: Berkeley Wilde of The Diversity Trust has been commissioned to map the experiences of LGBT people in rural communities in the South West of England. His talk will focus on working with Gay, Bisexual and Trans men and in particular the the findings from two reports; one into health and one into social care services.The programme was jointly commissioned by NHS Somerset and Somerset LINk, a patient involvement group.

10.50 – 11.10 session: men who need help 

10.50: Sam Thomas founder of the award-winning charity, Men Get Eating Disorders Too, which provides advocacy and support to patients and training to health professionals. Sam will talk about the need to eradicating the barriers that prevent male sufferers from receiving equal treated to their female counterparts.

11.00 Simon Howes is Development Co-ordinator at CALM, the UK’s leading male suicide prevention charity. Simon talks about CALM’s groundbreaking work to tackle male suicide and challenges delegates to consider is men being three times more likely to commit suicide is an indicator of men somehow being deficient or an indicator of a system and society that fails them.

11.10 – 11.30: session: men in later life

11.10: Mike Jenn is a champion of the emerging Men’s Sheds movement in the UK, a unique approach to providing support and services to older men that was pioneer in Australia. As co-founder of the Camden Town Shed and editor of www.menssheds.org.uk, Mike is committed to making the benefits of Men’s Sheds available to more men across the UK.

11.20: Alan Heeks is co-director of Men Beyond 50 and will speak about the needs of older men, and their potential roles in the men’s sector.  According to Alan, one third of UK men are over 50 and many of them are not active or articulate in meeting their own needs. His experience is that these men have great potential to help meet the needs of our time, if we can reach them and engage them.

11.30 – 11.50 session: men in development 

11.30: Chris Sharpe of the Springboard Consultancy shares his experience of delivering the Navigator development programme for men, a powerful and pioneering development course that enables men to identify the clear, practical and realistic steps that they want to take in their lives and then develop the skills and determination to do something about them.

11.40: Paul Howell is director of Journeyman UK, has a unique approach to developing boys and men through its trainings for men, its men’s group, a rite of passage and mentoring progamme. Paul says you can’t make a boy attend their events, but the boys keep coming back for more – and so do the men who support them.

11.50 – 12.20 session: men and criminal justice 

11.50: abandofbrothers supports young men in making a healthy transition to adult manhood and creates powerful mentoring networks that they can call upon in times of need. Here volunteers and service users share their experience of abandofbrothers’ programme which is delivered with public sector partners such as probation services and youth offender services.

12.00: Safeground manages two innovative family relationships programmes, Family Man and Fathers Inside, across a network of twenty male prisons nationwide. The programmes use techniques such as drama and storytelling and include a ‘What Next’ session that aim to connect the men to support agencies that can help them move on with their lives. Alison Waugh is Secretary for the charity, AMIS (Abused Men In Scotland), which has been running a helpline for men on the receiving end of domestic abuse for two years as well as raising the issue in various ways.

12.10 – 12.2o AMIS has just appointed Scotland’s first salaried worker dedicated to supporting men experiencing domestic abuse. Here Alison shares the journey so far and outline’s AMIS’s ongoing and forthcoming projects.

12.20 – 12.50 session: men who are dads 

12.20: Ed Hart is a Boys and Young Men Worker with Brook Cornwall who pioneers work with young fathers. He runs a six session programme aimed that celebrates the role of a father and helps new young fathers to develop the skills and confidence to fulfil their potential. He also delivers training and awareness-raising on the issues young fathers face to groups of young people and professionals.

12.30: Alistair Mayor is an experienced men’s counsellor and father worker who runs ‘SuperDads’ groups in schools. He is also a project co-ordinator for The Men’s Network’s Dads Connect project, which aims to make Brighton & Hove the world’s most Father Friendly City. Here he shares his extensive experience of making a difference for men, fathers and their families.

12.40: Mike White specializes in working with disadvantaged young fathers-to-be through the Dads Matter Too project. Here he outlines the benefits of taking work with young fathers-to-be as seriously as we take work with young fathers-to-be. He believes early intervention is the key because young men are most likely to accept support when their partners are pregnant.

12.50 – 13.00 session: men as leaders

12.50 Toby Buckle is a coach and trainer who helps develop great leaders through his social enterprise Leading The Change. Here he talks about the Community Leaders Programme he developed in partnership with The Men’s Network to help people who want to set up and run social projects for men and boys to identify and overcome the barriers that are stopping them from taking action.


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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One comment on “10.30am –1.00 pm: The Best Practice Showcase
  1. […] A great showcase of 15 of the UK’s leading frontline experts working with men and boys today in areas like fatherhood. mental health, community safety, personal development and mentoring/rites of passage – click here for full details of all the speakers. […]

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