Men’s Groups looking for volunteers

Up to 60 people needed to help run County Council funded Men's Activity Centres

Members of New Milton Men’s Shed with Cllr Grajewski (L),HCC Chair Cllr Charles Chowdary and Cllr Fran Carpenter.

Hampshire County Council is inviting up to 60 individuals who are interested in leading local men’s groups across the county to come forward to help with an initiative which aims to connect men in order to support better physical and mental health.

Hampshire charity Community First has been appointed by HCC to manage a dedicated men’s leadership project to help men set up or run groups in their local community.

Councillor Judith Grajewski, HCC Executive Member for Public Health, said:

“Whether you are a member of an existing men’s club or are interested in setting up a new one, this project is designed to give you the confidence and skills to bring together men of all ages to share interests, activities and friendship.

Community First is well placed to support local men to undertake this valuable work in their community.”

The initiative is part of the County Council funded Men’s Activity Network in Hampshire which provides resources, funding and skills-sharing to support men to connect through community groups. Research shows that men’s groups can have significant benefits to men’s overall health and wellbeing, as they provide somewhere for men to meet and participate in a skill or activity together, pop in for a chat, and find out about local services, thereby addressing issues such as loneliness and depression.

Jennie Romicheva from Community First, added,

 “It’s a great opportunity for members of the community to develop and lead new clubs across Hampshire which connect men with each other, and for us to be able to provide the support and skills needed to make that happen.”

Anyone interested in finding out about the men’s leadership project should get in touch via

The project will run until December 2020, targeting areas where men’s groups could be of particular benefit in each of Hampshire’s 11 district areas.