The Pit Stop Blog

This blog aims to offer you a taste of what a Pit Stop is and what it does. A Pit Stop brings men together through informal activities and conservation to build social connection, friendship and a sense of belonging. MensCraft run Pit Stops in locations across the county. If you wish to contact us directly, please click here

Fire Circles – Explorations Within Nature

MensCraft’s Colin Howey shares some reflections about a recent gathering slowing down within a beautiful natural space and invites men (aged 18+) to join us for more ‘Fire Circles’ on three Saturdays over this summer – it is free, but donations are welcome

MensCraft ‘Walk & Talk’

MensCraft trustee, Tim Arnold, shares some reflections having joined our ‘Walk & Talk’ group, walking shoulder-to-shoulder with the members and getting the MensCraft ‘experience’…

Checking-in during the Pit Stop Social

As part of his placement with MensCraft Makani Zulu (UEA Social Work student) hosted some ‘check-ins’ as part of our Norwich Pit Stop Social gatherings. The ‘check-in’ is where all members of the group have the opportunity to say how they are doing whilst being listened to respectfully. Here are some of his reflections having been part of this…

Pit Stop Breckland at Grime’s Graves

Pit Stop Breckland at Grime’s Graves

Pit Stop Breckland members recently had the opportunity to visit the 5,000 year old Neolithic flint mines Grime's Graves set in the Norfolk countryside.   The late February weather was horrific - wet, windy and cold, but that didn't stop the guys turning up. We...

An Inspirational Man

Here is a piece written by Katie Mottram, MensCraft’s Prevention and Positive Activities Coordinator, HMP Norwich. It describes the remarkable recovery journey of her inspirational friend, Dave…

Norwich Pit Stop Anglers

On Sunday 30th April, Norwich Pit Stop members gathered at Shallowbrook Lakes, Costessey, for a day's fishing. This was our first such event in Norwich and it was ably facilitated by MensCraft's Nick Buck, who is our 'lead' on fishing (thanks also to the Angling Trust...

Manifest Men’s Camp – Reflections

Last September I attended the Manifest men's camp in south Cambridgeshire, organised by MensCraft founder (and colleague), Andy Wood. Now, I'll be honest, I was not at all sure that this would be an experience that would be right for me - but, with hindsight, I was...

Men, music, meaning, connection…

New Pit Stop Sound Connections host, Richard Ayers, provides an update for the first session of 2023, which was held at our new venue within The Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich. Listening to music is a way of expressing our thoughts and feelings. It’s also possible to enhance or alter the way we are feeling. Sharing these moments together can connect us, strengthening social bonds and our links to empathy.