Units 1-5

Connecting with Men

Aim of Workshop

A programme dedicated to building the capacity of service provider to engage men in relation to their health and wellbeing.


  1. Reflect upon how to create a ‘safe space’ for working with men.
  2. Gain a common understanding of what men’s health is and why it is important.
  3. Explore how gender influences the values and attitudes that men develop in relation to their health, and how this influences their health behaviours.
  4. Identify some of the determinants that shape health outcomes for men.
  5. Reflect on participants’ own value base, experience, skills, attitudes, towards and expectations of men.
  6. Explore what a ‘male friendly’ health programme or service looks like in practice.
  7. Signpost participants to further sources of help, advice, guidance and support.

One Day Workshop Programme Outline

Time Session Focus

Arrival / settling in

  • Registration
  • Tea / coffee

Welcome, scene setting, and creating a safe space

  •  Welcome and thanks for coming
  • Housekeeping announcements
  • Background to ‘Engage: Connecting with Men’
  • What this training is / is not and the model of working together
  • Introductions: ‘Magic Circle’ and ‘Name Graffiti’
  • Developing a group contract / ground rules

Men’s health

  • Why focus upon men’s health?
  • Different approaches to defining ‘men’s health’

Tea / coffee break


Gender and men’s health

  • Gender or sex?
  • The way I was brought up…
  • How gender impacts upon men’s health

Determinants of men’s health

  • Health disparities between different groups
  • Jack’s Story – a case study
  •  How gender interacts with other determinants of health



Me, myself and I

  • Personal strengths / areas for improvement in relation to
    working with men on health issues

Tea / coffee break


I wouldn’t start from here

  • Building upon solid foundations
  • Bob the Builder – the core building blocks of male
    health, coping and resilience
  • What does a ‘male-friendly’ environment look like
    to men?
  • Top tips for do’s and don’ts when engaging with men
  • Best practice advice

Pulling it all together

  • Synopsis of the issues covered
  • Feedback forms
  • Signposting to sources of information, help and support
  • Final round of feedback
  • Acknowledgements and thanks


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