WEA West Midlands is holding an event to round off the NIACE project on 21st March and they are keen to get as many people involved as possible.
What they're doing:
The project is an intensive programme of community research and pilot courses developed in response to the needs of the men and wider communities we are working with. As well as this community-based work taking place largely in Shelton and Stoke-on-Trent, we are developing tailored progression routes and helping to weave a network of individuals, organisations and projects in order to strengthen work to improve health. We find that while there is no shortage of resources and opportunities for health maintenance, a number of barriers make them less accessible including time, money, knowledge and skills. Our project seeks to address these barriers in practical ways so that more people can alleviate everyday issues such as stress and prevent health problems from becoming serious and life-threatening.
The project textbook we are using is the Haynes Manual 'Man', which is easily available new and second-hand. It is a practical guide to men's health written in the familiar style of the Haynes workshop manuals.
Blog posts: research and reflections about the project work
Links: websites and articles on a wide range of men's health topics, included a curated 'stack' of links that we recommend as starting points for people interested in finding out more online
The North Staffordshire Open Learning Map is under constant development to improve knowledge of local learning and physical activity opportunities and can be accessed via a mobile phone with Google Maps as well as on a computer. We always welcome more information about local opportunities for men and anyone else.