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Healthy Habits for your Head

with Colin Howie

2 - 5pm and, as always, it’s Free!

With the dawning of a New Year, it’s time to lift up the bonnet and take a look at our engines - that is, to have a Pitt Stop and do some maintenance work on our mental health.

Join wellbeing activist, Colin Howie, as we explore the Five Ways to Wellbeing: five evidence-base ‘actions’ that us chaps can all take to improve our personal wellbeing. Please contact Andy Wood with your name and a contact number, if you’re interested in attending. andy.andywood@gmail.org.uk 07584 253441 www.menscraft.org.uk

The Men’s Centre

47 - 51 Pitt Street, Norwich NR3 1DE

12th February 2019 2 - 5pm


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Green Woodworking

with Graeme Malone

2pm to 5pm - FREE!

As well as all the regular Pitt Stop activities, Graeme Malone will be teaching us some green woodworking skills. Tools and materials will be provided. For more information, contact Andy Wood 07584 253441 andy.andywoo@gmail.com

The Men’s Centre

47 - 51 Pitt Street, Norwich NR3 1DE

19th February 2019 2 - 5pm




Workshop 7pm 19th February - Free

We are inviting interest in training men in the art of running men's groups.

No experience needed just a motivation to set up and be part of offering men's groups of various shapes and forms and in various locations. The sessions will explore the key principles and steps to starting and maintaining a group.

Interested? To book a place and for more details contact tim@menscraft.org.uk 07514 254200

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NR2 MI - Tim Taylor

Thursday 28th February 7 - 9pm

Why don’t boys like school?

A boy is three times more likely to be excluded from school than a girl. If the boy is poor, he is four times more likely to be excluded than his less poor classmates. Boys with a black Caribbean heritage are the most likely of all. Persistent disruptive behaviour is by far the most likely cause, both for permanent and fixed period exclusions. Some boys, although not all, find school a difficult environment, a place where they don’t fit in, a culture that doesn’t meet their needs or engage their interests. By the time they reach secondary, many boys have become disappointed, disillusioned, and disappeared. Last year as many as 19,000 students simply stopped going to school, for one reason or another, and dropped out completely from education. Children with special educational needs and disabilities were disproportionately represented among this number, boys with SEND most of all. 

Both the government and Ofsted have become alarmed by this trend and have instigated a number of recent investigations, which have shed light on the problem but offered few realistic solutions. So, what can be done? What can schools and teachers do to make school more attractive and more meaningful for their students? Carrying on doing the same, only more efficiently, or punishing schools for exclusions won’t get to the root of the problem. That needs more radical thinking, and the adoptions of approaches that threaten the status quo and challenge many of the assumptions we make about education. 

In his address, Tim Taylor a teacher for thirty years in England and abroad and now working as an international teacher-trainer and consultant, will introduce a radical approach, which has been in development since the 1980s, that aims to collaborate with students, involve their ideas, and give meaning to their studies. In short, an approach that helps boys feel more like they belong in school and that they have something of value to offer wider society.

The Wellbeing Centre, 15 Chapel Field E, Norwich NR2 1SF

Thursday 28th February 7 - 9pm Free, but a suggested donation of £5 to cover costs would be appreciated