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.
We will be working intensively in North London and Birmingham doing "anger management", more appropriately called emotional regulation, at weekends with men and women who are or who have been violent and or aggressive and or abusive to a partner or former partner - Early intervention and with a concentrated effort on parents of young children.We deliver intensive, therapeutic courses in closed groups for men and women. Many men (and some women) get separated from their children and their families, most often because they have not developed enough skills to manage their side of an intimate relationship. We teach and train many of the skills and address the problem areas and emotions.
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 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.
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.
Survivors Manchester pledges to support the Year of The Male, in what is our 5th Anniversary of supporting boys and men to become the individuals they choose to be. We make a commitment to continuing to speak out to ensure that the needs of men and boys' are being met in the provision of public services, specifically with regards to those males dealing with the impact of sexual violation, and to stand up for those that have not yet found their voice. And finally, we make a guarantee that the whole team at Survivors Manchester will challenge the myths and stereotypes that keep boys and men suffering in silence and educate society to #breakthesilence
To continue raising the issues surrounding male genital cutting with special emphasis on the psychological consequences.
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.
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.
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.