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.
Read here about pledges made in support of the Charter for Contemporary Man.
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'.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
We will be challenging for better services for male victims of sexual violence and publishing a self- help guide for male CSA/CSE/Rape survivors in West Yorkshire in January 2014.Survivors West Yorkshire are a voluntary group committed to the support and empowerment of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. We deliver information and emotional support using virtual technology. We also deliver training and awareness projects to enable improved service provision.
We pledge to work with other organisations supporting the ‘Year of the Male’ in partnership and mutual learning, and continue to include the themes of the charter throughout our work