It's all about a better life for men
happier men make for better brothers, colleagues, partners, fathers and sons.
That is why MensCraft works with men across Norfolk from a mix of backgrounds
Based in Norfolk,
MensCraft has a vision to enable men and boys to feel good about themselves
by improving their wellbeing. It supports both individual men through
‘activity, purpose and connection’ and organisations, services and businesses
in their work with men.
are not typically seen as being at a disadvantage. Yet 76% of suicides are
completed by men. 87% of rough sleepers are men. And isolation is often
associated with old age but also a big issue for men from the age of 35. On average, men die seven years
younger than women, are twice as likely to be referred to mental health
services and typically do not access mainstream health, community information
and advice services. At the same time, abuse and
violence is ultimately a men’s issue. And one that needs addressing.
Tim Allard, Development Manager with MensCraft, said: “MensCraft’s
distinct offer is its work with male psychology. Men tend to respond to
life events and change (bereavement, separation, under-employment, retirement
etc and / or histories of other traumatic events) by averting and avoiding /
isolating / distancing, often combined with anxiety / insomnia and leading to
depression or poor mental health, addictive behaviours (eg gambling, drugs),
unhelpful habits and problematic behaviour and negative self-limiting beliefs."
MensCraft set up
a Men’s Shed in the centre of Norwich and also provides the Pitt Stop drop-in
on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. The Pitt Stop offers board games, quizzes,
painting and several other positive activities and events.
MensCraft has two staff supporting men at risk of suicide, a preventative
Caring Dads programme for perpetrators of domestic abuse and supports a range
of men’s groups.
MensCraft is not exclusive. “Some of our most engaging activities have been on
topics such as what it means for a single mother to raise a boy / young man. Our
activities have been shaped with the input and data provided by a range of
organisations, including local women’s organisations. And we actively encourage
the engagement of women in supporting our activities,” said Tim.
Visit the website to
find out more: menscraft.org.uk.