BIG LOTTERY FUND GRANTS - Boost for familes in the Northwest
Men’s Action Network is one of three projects working with families in the north west that have been awarded grants totalling £2,091,251 from the programme. Other projects are working with families with children who have children with sight loss, autism and physical disabilities. (a full list of grants awarded can be found here). Men’s Action Network has been awarded £698,767 to work with Fermanagh Women’s Aid on the five-year Fathering Families project. It is supporting families who may have experienced issues including poverty, separation, divorce, addiction and domestic violence in the Derry/Londonderry, Enniskillen, Dungiven, Magherafelt and Omagh areas to be healthier, happier and stronger. The project is working with a range of other agencies and activities include parenting and communication skills, peer support, play and art therapy and signposting to other services.
For media enquiries, please contact Lucy Gollogly at the Big Lottery Fund Press Office.
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Men's Health Week
launch of the Men's Helth Week from the 13th to the 19th June. In partnership with the Western Health and Social Care Trust and the Public Health Agency. See schedule below.
Is ‘Euro 2016 Fever’ a Medical Condition?
Michael O'Neill and Martin O'Neill Launch Men's Health Week 2016 in Ireland This is a critical time for many men on the island of Ireland. There’s a date that all men need to know about - as it could make a huge impact upon their health. This date is Monday 13th - Sunday 19th June 2016, also known as International Men’s Health Week (or, to some, the first week of the long awaited Euro 2016 Championship). To help local men etch this date into their minds, National Soccer Squad Managers, Michael O’Neill and Martin O’Neill, are featuring in an island-wide poster campaign to launch Men’s Health Week and raise awareness of men’s health needs. This has certainly worked because, just like the matches in France, all the Men’s Health Week resources are already sold out!
‘Euro 2016 Fever’ is in the air. Men across the country are planning their viewing schedules (possibly even their working hours), stockpiling enough refreshments to see them through a nuclear winter, and making arrangements with their friends for the common sharing of this unique experience - as soccer teams from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have qualified for the Championship
Many men are knowledgeable about what lies ahead. They know which teams have got through to this stage; who is in each group; what days and times countries will be playing; what the bookies’ odds are for each team to win; and which players are likely to be the stars of the competition.
Euro 2016 has created a common bond among many men. They have a reason to be in each other’s company. They are well informed by the media about what lies ahead. They are prepared to give their opinions and stand out from the crowd. They are motivated and excited. They are passionate, enthusiastic and want to be involved. They are likely to show more emotion than usual ... They’ve obviously caught a bug. Maybe ‘Euro 2016 Fever’ is a medical condition after all.
Colin Fowler, Director of Operations for the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland, comments:
“These are traits that we don't often associate with males on the island of Ireland, and we need to harness this energy. Like a common cold, Euro 2016 will come and go in a matter of weeks, but men‟s health issues will remain long into the future. Men on the island of Ireland experience a disproportionate burden of ill-health and die too young, but this is not a lost cause. Men's Health Week seeks to do something positive and practical to challenge this situation”.
So, why should we focus upon men’s health? Well, the reasons are both stark and clear ...
- Men in Ireland die, on average, almost four and a half years younger than women do.
- Males have higher death rates than women for all of the leading causes of death and at all ages.
- Poor lifestyles are responsible for a high proportion of chronic diseases.
- Late presentation to health services leads to a large number of problems becoming untreatable
To support Men’s Health Week 2016, the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland has produced a new, free, 32 page Man Manual. This booklet - titled ‘Challenges and Choices’ - opens with the statement: "Warning ... Reading this manual can seriously improve your health", and goes on to issue a series of ten simple, practical challenges to local men:
- 1. Order a soft drink the next time you’re in the pub.
- 2. Try some fruit or vegetables you’ve never tasted before or think you don’t like.
- 3. Make at least one journey by foot or bicycle instead of going by car.
- 4. If you’re under 25 and sexually active, get yourself checked for chlamydia.
- 5. Stressed out? ... Walk away from tense situations before you blow up.
- 6. Find out about the opening hours at your local GP’s surgery.
- 7. Get your blood pressure checked within the next two weeks.
- 8. Get a mate to quit smoking with you - and get advice on how to stop.
- 9. Show a doctor that lump, strange-shaped mole, or rash that’s bothering you.
- 10. If you get backache, don’t let it become a pain in the ass. Get it sorted.
Helping to launch Men's Health Week, Minister for Health, Michelle O'Neill, stated ... “Evidence clearly shows that there are many challenges to be faced when seeking to improve men‟s health. However, it also highlights that men‟s health can be improved in many significant ways - if men make the right choices, and are given the support, encouragement and opportunities to succeed. This Man Manual provides the information and the tools, and Men's Health Week offers men across Ireland the opportunity to make a positive change. I am delighted that the Public Health Agency was able to support the production of this much-requested booklet"
Pictures of Launch