We're not about fixing - But about engaging men
We have had measurable success. Probably our most significant achievement to date was to set up a Men’s Shed in the centre of Norwich. The Shed is very successfully run by a volunteer committee. However, the experience of developing The Shed along with running a mentoring programme for boys moving into adulthood (Journey into Manhood) and a Caring Dads programme (a change programme for men at risk of perpetrating domestic abuse) have positively shaped our thinking.
From our direct experience, from the research and from the what our network have told us, we have identified a significant need for a wider programme of activities and support to assist local men with identity, purpose and meaning. In response we have identified the need and potential to build an expanded range of services, activities and opportunities.
The Pitt Stop encourages men from different backgrounds to come together around the things that interest them, whether that is music, films, comedy, sport, games, quizzes or anything else that they decide to use the space for together.
Just turn up. Participate. Make it what you want it to be. We also need a few more men to help us with these activities at the Pitt Street building but also in other venues in Norwich and beyond.
Currently the Pitt Stop runs on Tuesday afternoons at 2pm. Contact Andy Wood on 07584 253441
Seminars & Talks
Seminars to date have included Men’s experiences of Child Welfare services and in June 2019 ‘Engaging Men in their Well being’
Future topics planned include:
‘What are men’s responses to #MeToo’ and ‘What are Men’s responses to the Climate Emergency’?
Male Psychology & trauma
More details to follow
We share a building and work closely with the Norwich MensShed. We also offer support and information to other Sheds in the area.
Come when you can, make what you want, mend stuff, chat, share experiences. We cater for all men with different levels of experience and skill. On your first visit one of the members will show you around the Shed and all it’s facilities. For more information go to here
Nurture by the power of nature connection!
Nurture by the power of nature connection!
MensCraft runs several different types of activities and events out in nature at various beautiful and remote locations.
A Vision Quest experience enables participants to seek guidance and insight from the natural world, always our mirror if we choose to open ourselves to it.
A Men’s Lodge offers the opportunity to share and explore common issues and concerns around an open fire; to participate in Council and a sweat lodge. Hearing and exploring the meaning of ancient myths and legends is another method we use to help us make sense of our personal and collective journeys through life as men.
Manifest provides a longer retreat into nature: camping for several days these events combine the methods of personal and group exploration described above.
A monthly event for men to come together and practise the art of oral storytelling in a supportive and alcohol-free environment. Come and tell a tale or two, whether it be a traditional story from around the world, a true story from your life or something you've made up. Or just come to listen and be entertained - no pressure to perform!
Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits in the interval.
Suggested donation £5
Contact us for more information here
NR2 Men’s Institute
Our pilot season of meetings provided a monthly forum and meeting space for all men to come together. The forum was structured to achieve four goals:
- To offer a relaxed social space for attendees to interact and connect with other like-minded men, and form social bonds and structures to take the project forward
- A group activity or discussion to develop an understanding of topics that are of mutual interest and benefit
- Make collective steps towards tangible improvement in the lives of men and our communities through positive action
- To build on our achievements pro-actively together as a group
We are planning a new programme so watch this space for more details.
We are also interested in expanding the MI beyond NR2 into market towns in Norfolk. If you wish to be part of this please let us know.