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Reaching

Men in our communities

CDPs and FRCs must work harder to reach men R

esearch carried out in 2008 and 2009 by the Men’s Development Network among CDPs and FRCs shows that community groups want to reach more men, but don’t always know how. The research, published recently, found the average percentage of male users of CDP’s is 30% while for Family Resource Centres it is 20%. The research also found that: • 62% of CDP’s stated that they were developing or running programmes for men with a slightly smaller percentage of FRC’s at 57%. • Both CDP’s and FRC’s rated male gender conditioning as the top barrier to men’s participation. Other barriers included Isolation, negative educational experiences and social background.

PERCEIVED TOP HEALTH ISSUES

48% of CDPs believed that the issue of alcohol and drugs had increased since the economic downturn and 70% of those who responded

believed the recession had increased mental health issues among the men who used their CDP. The top health issues overall emerged as mental health, physical health and alcohol and drug use, with many of the problems being linked.

CAPACITY TO REACH MEN

CDPs generally rated their staffing capacity to engage in men’s health work as weak, with knowledge rated from medium to strong. Similarly staff ’s experience in carrying out men’s health work was rated as medium to strong. Funding was generally rated as very weak to weak. CDPs’ own interest in carrying out men’s health work was generally rated strong to very strong, while men’s interest in engaging in men’s health development work was variable from weak to medium to strong. CDPs expressed a clear need and desire to engage iin men’s work, with 64% saying they were very motivated and expressing a clear need for training in the area.

Mahon men shake hands on the importance of communication (from one of our earlier front covers). capacity in terms of time, space, funding, experience, staffing and knowledge. However the interest of the FRCs in engaging men in their services was rated high or very high (79%). Only 3% of FRC’s rated their interest in engaging men in their services as low. The research – which is published in more detail on our website (the document can be downloaded) – demonstrates, say the Men’s

FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRES

FRCs generally rated as low their

Development Network, that FRCs and CDPs expressed a clear need for staff training in the area of men’s development work. The Waterford-based Men’s Development Network is part of our Local and Community Development Programme. You can contact them directly as follows. T: 051-844260/1. E: men@mens-network.net W: www.mens-network.net

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