Our projects

It’s not about fixing men – it’s about engaging.

We have measurable successes. Our most significant  to date was to set up a Men’s Shed in the centre of Norwich. Successfully run by a volunteer committee; this experience, along with running Journey into Manhood – a mentoring programme for boys moving into adulthood, and Caring Dads – a change programme for men at risk of perpetrating domestic abuse, has positively shaped our thinking.

From our experience, the research and what our network have told us, we have identified a significant need for a wider programme of activities and support to help local men with identity, purpose and meaning. In response we have identified the need and potential to build an expanded range of services, activities and opportunities.

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Pit Stop

Pitt Stop is a space for any man to find friendship and social connection via various informal activities. There is no need to book, just drop in and it’s free. We also welcome new ideas for development. Activities include games, crafts, art, model-making, with access to courses in subjects like cookery or getting fit. Pitt stop is a good opportunity to have a go at something, and no previous experience needed. we also offer 1-to1 advice on topic like health, money and computing.

 

Sessions are held in Norwich, Kings Lynn, Cromer, Great Yarmouth, Dereham and North Walsham.

To find out more and for a full list of activities plus  when and where sessions are held please go to the main Pit Stop page

You can also contact Andy Wood on 07584 253441 or email andy@menscraft.org.uk

Note: Sessions are currently under review due to Covid 19, please keep an eye on the website or get in touch to check on opening.

Pit stop

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The nurturing power of nature.

MensCraft runs several different types of activities and events out in nature at various beautiful and remote locations.

A Vision Quest experience enables participants to seek guidance and insight from the natural world, always our mirror if we choose to open ourselves to it.

A Men’s Lodge offers the opportunity to share and explore common issues and concerns around an open fire; to participate in Council and a sweat lodge. Hearing and exploring the meaning of ancient myths and legends is another method we use to help us make sense of our personal and collective journeys through life as men.

Manifest provides a longer retreat into nature: camping for several days these events combine the methods of personal and group exploration described above.

Contact us for more information.

Men’s Sheds

We offer support and look to align our work with other Men’s Sheds in Norfolk. We can offer support with for example governance, funding and operational policies.

We set up Norwich Men’s Shed. And still share a building and work closely with together. For contacts and more information go to the website here.

 

Creative Arts

A monthly event for men to come together and practise the art of oral storytelling in a supportive and alcohol-free environment. Come and tell a tale or two, whether it be a traditional story from around the world, a true story from your life or something you’ve made up. Or just come to listen and be entertained – no pressure to perform!

Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits in the interval.
Free – Suggested donation £5.

Seminars & Talks

Seminars to date have included ‘Men’s experiences of Child Welfare services’ and  ‘Engaging Men in their Well being’

Future topics planned include:

  • Male Psychology & trauma
  • ‘What are men’s responses to #MeToo’ and ‘What are Men’s responses to the Climate Emergency’?
  • Raising Boys

More details to follow

Muck in

We need someone with the vision, the energy, the time and the know-how to develop and expand the Men’s Institute or MI. We are also interested in expanding the MI beyond NR2 into market towns in Norfolk.

If you wish to be part of this please let us know. We also currently need Pitt Crew volunteers, Associates and Directors Contact us if you’re interested in getting involved.

Other resources

Podcasts

The Masculinity Conversations in association with Mantor

There are a variety of podcasts compiled by Sam Ruddock and James McDermott.

‘There isn’t one form of masculinity or being a man. There cannot be one mask that we put on. So we have to embrace the notion that masculinity can be many different things expressed by many different people.’ – Sam Ruddock

You can also listen to the podcasts on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify. Also please take a look at James’ books