This year is the 10th anniversary of our charity (Working With Men) . Our mission is to reduce significantly the number of boys and men, particularly from socially excluded or disadvantaged backgrounds, who are unable to achieve their full potential and to support them in finding an active and productive place in society. Being male is different for everyone and as such, there are many ways to express masculinity. With a new strategy in place in line with our anniversary we have decided to focus on these key areas over the coming year with a view to supporting better physical and mental health for young men. Service delivery: we work with young fathers, boys/young men in schools and colleges as well as other community setting. Much of our work involves ensuring that young men have the tools and skills they require to express themselves positively as well as helping with the more practical stuff like finding employment and training. Influencing policy: we are currently the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on fatherhood and will look to increase our work with parliamentarians this year by highlighting best practice and solutions to social issues related to boys and men. We also train others in working effectively with boys and men and produce appropriate resources.
Read here about pledges made in support of the Charter for Contemporary Man.
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.
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.
This year is our 5th anniversary and we are calling on our supporters to 'Stand Up To Eating Disorders' to challenge the stereotypes and misconceptions. We will continue to provide male sufferers and carers a platform for which they can get their voices heard. Breaking down the barriers at the point access and within treatment services is key so that male sufferers can seek support early, opposed to crisis. We are seeking to address this is by increasing public awareness campaigns and training sessions for professionals to attend from across the UK. Ultimately, we want male sufferers to be able to receive the care they need irrespective of the gender. 'Men Get Eating Disorders Too' is a charity that seeks to raise awareness of male eating disorders. We provide information through our website, plus links to support and online peer support services.
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.
To continue raising the issues surrounding male genital cutting with special emphasis on the psychological consequences.
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.
AMIS (Abused Men in Scotland) will continue to support mainstream agencies in Scotland to improve domestic abuse services and develop partnerships with progressive organisations who recognise the vital importance of responding effectively to male victimisation. We will continue to have our voice heard in mainstream media representing men and their children in Scotland.Abused Men in Scotland (AMIS) is a national organisation dedicated to supporting men who are experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse. We welcome calls from men in need of support or advice, and from men and women seeking help for male friends or relatives.
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.
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.