Men At Work trains professionals who work with boys and young men to facilitate constructive dialogues with them about safety, empathy and respect – for themselves, for their male peers and for women and girls.

Our mission is to empower – through knowledge, skills and confidence – a widening range of professionals to help boys and young men achieve their potential as positive assets to their peer-groups, their places of education, their communities and, in time, their own partners and families. We are focused on the goal of fostering violence-free relationships, families and communities and on helping to remove obstacles to safe, empathetic and respectful lives – all through constructive, reflective dialogue.

Please read on to find out more!

WHY IS THIS WORK NEEDED?

Despite some progress in recent decades, sex-based stereotyping (i.e. ‘gender’) and the spectrum of negative outcomes it feeds into – persist. This comes at tangible costs to women and girls – and to boys and men in different, but related ways. This is not inevitable. We can imagine – and work to realise – a society that is much safer, fairer and more human. To do this we must name the problems, in order to address them. This means spelling out the range of issues manifesting in our schools, colleges, universities, online and in person, in our communities

Whatever your role – teacher, social worker, counsellor, youth worker, law, family support etc – the issues below will be all too familiar, to varying degrees:

  • Sexual Harassment of (mostly) girls and young women in schools, public spaces and online by (mostly) boys, young and adult men
  • Coercive Control (mostly male to female) starting to manifest itself in early adolescent relationships
  • Porn is ubiquitous and consumed by ever-younger children with inadequate societal intervention, protection and challenge
  • Domestic Abuse of all kinds is a daily reality for huge numbers of women, some men and – of course – many children, for whom it may seem like a ‘norm’
  • Image-based abuse of (mostly) girls and young women by (mostly) boys and young men – and, of course, adult men
  • Boys and young men being at risk themselves from aggressive behaviours of other males
  • Boys and young men being at risk of grooming and radicalisation into criminal or extremist behaviours and beliefs (e.g. #gangs #incels #religiousfundamentalism #countylines)
  • Boys and young men having elevated vulnerabilities to some mental and physical illnesses and conditions – often linked to a fear of seeking help, the constraints of gender stereotypes or lack of expressive vocabulary
  • Boys and young men having elevated incidences of risk-taking behaviours, often part of seeking the approval of others or being unable / unwilling to resist negative peer-pressures

The list, sadly, could go on. We look at all of this, in the media, in our schools, our charities, our organisations, our public services and our own families and social networks and think ‘what can we do about it?’

YOUR NEEDS & GOALS AS PROFESSIONALS WORKING WITH BOYS AND YOUNG MEN
  • You want to proactively support the safe, healthy and empathetic development of boys and young men
  • You want to optimise your organisation’s work around #Safeguarding #Equality #MentalHealth
  • You see that #sexism #misogyny and #maleviolence are powerful social influences negatively affecting the lives of girls and women, primarily, but also, in different ways, those of boys and men
  • You want better for everyone, whether they are in your care, school, college, university, sport club, youth service, workplace or community
  • You feel that offering boys and young men an innovative space and structure in which to reflect on social and cultural messages about ‘being a man’ is a concrete step forward
  • You want to develop your / your colleagues’ skills and abilities in facilitating vital, constructive dialogues with boys and young men
  • You know your organisation needs to ‘do something‘ and you know that the time is now
HOW WE CAN HELP MEET YOUR NEEDS AND ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

We want the same as you and we work with you to build your confidence in realising your aims. Our unique training gives you the tools and confidence to facilitate the #10Dialogues for Boys & Young Men (and Those Working With Them) resource, aimed at both developing the resilience of boys and young men in the face of negative values and behaviours and promoting safe and respectful choices

Trainees receive:

  • A highly-rated one-day ‘essentials’ training day covering a range of core themes
  • Post-training support, peer-support and networking opportunities (free)
  • Access to an ever-expanding bank of additional resources (free)
  • Discounted access to relevant ad hoc events

Our work is informed by:

  • Many years of school-based and youth-setting-based work
  • Training and supervision by experts in Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control
  • Extensive Child Safeguarding Training
  • Extensive Youth Mental Health Training
  • Specialist Suicide Prevention Training
  • Proactive engagement in a wide range of events, campaigns and networks (national and global) which deepen our sector knowledge and hone our efficacy.
FEEDBACK ON OUR WORK

Trainees, partners and audiences to date have included professionals in Schools, Colleges, Unis, Youth Justice Service, Early Help, CSE / CSA teams, Fire & Rescue Service, Local Authorities, Trade Unions, Women’s Aid, Edge of Care teams…

Sample feedback:

“Thanks again for a fantastic training session. I found it engaging, practical and concrete. I now feel confident enough to run the sessions on the ten dialogues with a group of boys and to share what I have learnt. The #10dialogues resource is super-clear and extremely useful.” VA, Head of Yr10, Bexley

“Thank you for today, your insight, knowledge base and enthusiasm were genuinely inspiring. I ended the day full of ideas to take forward with our current service user groups and possibilities to explore for future provision and expansion of our Children and Young People team. I’ll be in touch again to schedule another session for new staff.” CW, Operations Manager, Manchester Women’s Aid

The session was incredibly insightful, with close links to our goals and mission to create a generation of empowered young people.” The Anti-Bullying Pro / Diana Award

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