Activity meaning and connection

Happier & healthier men make for better brothers, partners, fathers, sons, colleagues and friends.

MensCraft supports boys and men of all ages. We offer information, activities and programmes to meet the challenges of each different life stage. Our approach is strengths based and promotes a deeper understanding of masculinity and equalities. We support young men making the transition to adulthood; men as fathers and those experiencing difficulties for example in their family lives or with their mental health.

We provide one-to-one support and access to other specialist services. Our range of activities give boys and men purpose, the opportunity for connection with others, and opportunities for improved wellbeing.

We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for all, regardless of age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and faith. We expect those that engage with us to do the same.


We are appreciate your donations large or small and are grateful for your support & encouragement.


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Know men who are feeling the strain?

The strain is possibly increasing as we continue to live under constraints of a pandemic. And the partial ‘unlocking’ may be even more stressful!

MensCraft continues to support individuals we work with by phone and virtually. Please do get in touch if you need further information or assistance – i.e. self isolating and need support etc. Or indeed know individuals who do.

We believe we can assist men in gaining an understanding of the meaning of their lives.

What we do

The wellbeing of our those who use our service and facilities, staff, visitors and suppliers is our primary concern. We continue to support individuals we work with where possible in person or otherwise by phone and virtually.

We are increasingly back to meeting in person. All with good levels of precautions in place.

We are also continuing to offer some activities online.

There are a variety of activities and services across the region that are available to men.

Feeling in need of urgent help? Know someone at the edge of crisis?

Through our Prevention and Positive Activities Programme we have staff supporting men at the edge of crisis across Norfolk. We might know who and what might help – we have supported hundreds of men over the last 12 months.

We aim to address difficulties by understanding that it can be a big step when opening up and talking to others, and encourage noticing improvements and seeing the positive changes this can bring.

We offer:

  • Support for men who are thinking about suicide
  • Safety and support plans
  • A trusting and safe environment to talk
  • Positive activities to engage with
  • Signposting to support agencies
  • Support at meetings and appointments


Ed Roberts
07851 004322

South Norfolk

Ben Holland Smith
07864 697718

North Norfolk

Crystal Kent
07704 428872

East Norfolk & Waveney

Thom Bailey
07521 180598

West Norfolk

Sarah Hayman
07895 272237

HMP Norwich or Probation in Norfolk

Sally Guy
07549 806127

NCAN (Norfolk Community Advice Network)

For men requiring support and to make a referral via the NCAN system or directly via email at
Or please contact our central number 07514 254200

Urgent support

If you need urgent support and the Stay Alive App click here.

Try this Safety Diary Plan which can be helpful.

Talk to someone

Pick up the phone and talk to someone on one of the free confidential online support services.


National 24 hours non judgemental confidential helpline.

Website or call 116 123

The Walnut Tree Health and Wellbeing C.I.C

Provides recovery activities, crisis support, coaching and mentoring to emergency service personnel and serving members of the armed forces, military veterans and others, with complex mental health needs, including addiction brought about by out of the ordinary traumatic experiences.

Website or call 01603 516580

Campaign against living miserably (CALM)

Aims to prevent male suicide

Website or call 0800 58 58 58


24 hour telephone support – Male advice line staffed by specialist male workers 10am-12pm every Wednesday

Telephone: 0300 561 0077

Respect Men’s Advice Line

Telephone: 0808 801 0327 Email:

Advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse.
Telephone support line
9am-8pm Monday and Wednesday.
9am-5pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Online chat support available 10am-4pm Tuesday and Wednesday.
If you are unable to call, you can also receive support from the Helpline Advisors by emailing and they will aim to reply within two working days.

Mankind Initiative

Telephone: 01823 334244

Telephone support line for male victims of domestic abuse
10am-4pm Monday-Friday.
Information about reporting incidents, planning an escape and police procedures. Signposting to support for emergency housing and specialist legal help

Other national helplines

The Silver Line
helpline for older people
Website – or call 0800 4 70 80 90

help for young people considering suicide
or call 0800 068 4141 or text 07860 039967

Bereavement Helpline
0808 808 1677

0800 116 123

0808 800 5000

0800 1111

Rape Crisis
0808 802 9999

Age UK
0800 055 6112

Alcoholics Anonymous
0800 9177 650

Essential support for under 25s
0800 808 4994

call 0300 123 3393 or text 86463

Rethink Mental Illness
0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri 9:30-4pm)

Parents Helpline
0808 802 5544 (9:30-4pm except bank holidays)

Crisis Messenger
85258 (24 hours)

0300 304 7000

text 85258

No Panic
0300 7729844

0300 123 1110

Talk to Frank
0300 123 6600

National Debtline
0808 808 4000

National Domestic Abuse Helpline
0808 2000 247

Macmillan Cancer Support
0808 808 00 00

0800 050 20 20

Victim Support
0808 1689 111

Beaumont Society
A national self help body run by and for the transgender community
0300 330 5486

BEAT Helpline
For eating disorders
0808 801 0677

0808 801 0811

Youth line
0808 801 0711



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