We will campaign to mainstream support for male victims (and their children) of domestic abuse. This has specific resonance on shifting thinking about men and boys' needs in the provision of public services. We believe a large number of statutory agencies are in breach of the Equality Act 2010 - we aim to show that and support them to comply. The ManKind Initiative is a national charity which runs a help-line and information service for male victims (and their children) of domestic abuse. To mainstream the issue of male victims in society and public service delivery it wants to replace the current discriminatory gendered based approach to DA with one based on 'equality and need'.
Read here about pledges made in support of the Charter for Contemporary Man.
I will continue, and improve, the develooment of the Cockermouth Men's Shed and other support for socially isolated men. I will continue to encorage peer support for those men with long term health conditions. I will explore and develop a service to support younger men living with dementia.
We want to reach out to Veterans, Reservists and Families who need help, before it is too late. There is no need to wait to get better. Help and recovery is possible and available NOW.
I pledge to do everything I can to raise the profile of CALM, Year of the Male and everything involved. This year I pledge to work with several organisations and organise events throughout the year to help battle depression in men and to let them know that they're not alone.
We will raise awareness through our Men's Groups, newsletters and social media. MENSPEAK run monthly open and closed Men's Groups, mainly in London, with many more due to launch nationwide in 2014. We also run training and stage performances through storytelling and Playback Theatre with many other events scheduled for 2014. Conversations on mental and emotional health, sadness and suicide will go to the top of our agenda.
We'll be working with a number of national organisations in Scotland to help them positively engage, support, and empower men to become the best fathers they can be. We'll also be supporting individuals working with children & families through peer support groups and best practice / networking workshops. Fathers Network Scotland is a small Scottish charity supported as a strategic partner by the Scottish Government. We are working to promote the physical, mental and emotional health of fathers in Scotland, by raising awareness and increasing understanding of the importance of fathers in child development and parenting.
We will continue to make the case for Europe-wide and national organisations to take action to improve the health of men and boys. In 2014, we will focus particularly on men's use of primary care services and their excess burden of cancer. We will work closely with organisations with similar objectives in the UK and other countries in Europe. EMHF is the only European NGO dedicated to the improvement of men’s health in all its aspects. Its mission is to improve men’s health across all countries in Europe by promoting collaboration between organisations and individuals on the development of health-related policies, research, education and prevention programmes.
We will stage Men's MOT Week in April 2014 - a week dedicated to encouraging men to stay aware of their health and address any concerns, whether its stress, burnout, back pain or an undiagnosed lump by visiting their doctor, having a spa treatment or simply talking to a friend. We will be running a week of blog articles talking about men's physical and mental health and promoting the week to our 320,000 customers. We are doing this to encourage men to look after themselves and will be working with the Campaign Against Living Miserably on specific content around men's mental wellbeing. Spabreaks is the UK's largest spa recommendation service, sending more than 2500 people on spa days and breaks. In a wider context, we pride ourselves on spreading a message of accessible health and wellbeing.
We will get men talking about the four Charter calls, getting involved in projects and actively campaigning to bring about change by growing conversations through groups and gatherings. MB50 is a collaborative community for men of our age, welcoming and sharing stories, resources and events, and enabling happy, aware and fulfilled lives as we grow together and bring about positive change in the world. It offers groups, gatherings and growing conversations, both face-to-face and online, in which to hear and spread the voices of older men.
The London Young Dads Council pledges to connect with at least 100 young dads. We will let them no they are not alone and create a network of young fathers supporting each other across London. The Young Dads Council is a peer advisory service made up of 20 young fathers fighting to make London more father friendly.