It was a stimulating day of quick presentations and discussions designed to fire up thinking, build knowledge and forge new collaborations.
Stoke Blokes Talk Mens Health
There were Inspiring stories of local men taking action and raising awareness of critical health issues around the world. Delegates got to hear from the WEA team and friends on new approaches to learning and health: live research work in Stoke-on-Trent
Everyone got to contribute to plans and improve networks with the aim of making learning and good health available for everyone. The venue made use of ‘open space’ and breakout sessions where delegates could ask questions, share good work and discuss the big issues.
The conference was aimed at Health and learning practitioners, community volunteers, and anybody working with men and wider communities within Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, plus anyone else passionate about learning, health or wellbeing. Organisers were keen to stress that although the project is about men’s health, many of the issues discussed apply to everyone.
Phil Thomas (6 Towns Runner) spoke of his experience of being ill as a child and how his parents worked hard to support him, he described his mission to run 12 half marathons in 12 days to raise money for a local charity, as his way of giving back to the community.
The day was concluded by talking about using the web to spread the word & build your own personal learning network. Mike Rawlins (Talk About Local), Clare White (WEA), Carl Plant (NHS Local) & other helpful friendly techie types
The day was concluded by informal coffee at the Mitchell Arts Centre.
The Twitter Hashtag for the day was : #hmm12
The Health Maintenance for Men project has been funded by the Skills Funding Agency and is one of NIACE’s Adult & Community Learning Fund projects. Our aims are to raise awareness of important issues that affect men, develop and pilot flexible learning materials and demonstrate their impact plus showcase a wider range of work that has a positive impact on men’s health. We also want to help build up closer working links between a range of people interested in improving men’s health in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and more widely.