Funding gives local men's group a valuable boost

Friday, 14th June 2019

A social group focused on bringing men together has received a much needed funding boost to support its projects.

Delves Lane Men’s Group, based at Delves Lane Village Hall in Consett, secured a grant from Karbon Homes to help expand its work and fund a calendar of activities throughout the year.

The group was set up initially to provide men in the local area with a social network of peers, to help combat the often devastating effects that come with social isolation and loneliness.

Mark Whaley, Delves Lane Centre Manager, said: “Thanks to the funding from Karbon we are able to continue and grow the men’s group.

“Alongside the weekly activities run from the hall, such as chess, dominoes, cookery, bowling, archery, cards and quiz days, we’re also planning a calendar of speakers to come in and talk about different topics that will keep the group interesting for all, everything from mental health, to online safety and food hygiene.

“The funding has also helped us to set up a small gardening project for the summer, where members of the group can plant and look after raised beds and hanging baskets, and enjoy some time outside together.”

The group first formed in November 2017, with support from the Wellbeing from Life Service, as a way of combatting the effects of social isolation and loneliness.

Jess Wray, Community Connector at Karbon Homes said: “Social isolation and loneliness are both major issues within our communities. So it’s brilliant to see groups emerging which help to combat these issues, bringing men together to learn new skills, form new friendships and generally have a good time.

“One of Karbon’s key aims is to create places that promote health, happiness and wellbeing and I am really looking forward to catching up with the group again soon to see what positive impact it has had on the men who attend.”

As well as helping fund the running of the group, the money will also be used to fund a marketing campaign to attract new members from the local community to join in.

Mark added: “Being lonely is something people think is linked to being retired, however men of all ages are finding themselves feeling cut off from others for all kinds of reasons.

“All the members enjoy both the social and health benefits that come with attending on a weekly basis. Some really strong friendships have formed between members and it’s brilliant to see the positive change in them as time has gone on.”

The group meets every Thursday at Delves Lane Village Hall, between 1:30pm and 3:30pm. All new members are welcome.

To find out more about Delves Lane Community Association and the work of the men’s group, contact Delves Lane Village Hall on 01207 583174