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Body Wisdom - A Dance Project for the Over 50's PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sinead Devine   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 14:17

BodyWisdomFlyerBody Wisdom is a dance project for the over 50's and is run by Workers' Educational Association in partnership with Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company since 2009.

Forget about needing to be young and athletic. In this project the wisdom and experience written into the bones, muscles and sinews as we grow older is a positive advantage and offers a great opportunity to explore dance even if you have never danced before.

So if you are aged 50+ and interested in dance and movement or maybe you just loved to dance when you were younger and are looking for a new opportunity to dance once again or maybe you have never had the opportunity to dance before, then this is the project for you. There is no cost to participate.

There are places available for new participants and former experience in dance is not necessary. You will be introduced to a wonderful creative movement process that relies on "the wisdom of your body" rather than on any form of athleticism.

For more information or to book contact:

Sinead Devine @ WEA on: 028 7136 9947

Men Learning through Life PDF Print E-mail
Written by Siobhan Harding   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 12:28


Following the All Right Lads? Conference last week Professor Barry Golding, President of the Australian Men’s Sheds Association and Dr Rob Mark, University of Strathclyde launched a book ‘Men Learning through Life’.

Concerns about men’s attitudes to and involvement in lifelong and life-wide learning have recently emerged in many countries.  There is a growing interest in finding ways to increase men’s participation and promote practices that will contribute to men’s learning and wellbeing particularly in contexts and life stages for men beyond paid work. 

‘Men Learning through Life’ is a definitive text on this subject and showcases international contributions presenting and examining evidence from theory, research, policy and practice, illustrated with case studies.

Packed conference to discuss men's development and the men's sector PDF Print E-mail
Written by Siobhan Harding   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 11:46


Man Matters held its ‘All Right Lads?’ Conference in Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast on Thursday 27th February 2014.  The purpose of the Conference was to influence policy relevant to men’s work and strengthen the practice of men’s work.

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A packed audience at the All Right Lads? Conference The banner in support of men's work
Man Matters hosts international conference on men's issues PDF Print E-mail
Written by Siobhan Harding   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:00

Today (Thursday 27th February) sees Man Matters host Northern Ireland’s biggest ever conference on men’s issues. The ‘All Right Lads?’

international conference on the development of men’s work and the men’s sector in Northern Ireland will take place in Crumlin Road Gaol,


"Keeping Healthy in Winter" Play PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sinead Devine   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 18:47
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The Workers' Educational Association were invited by the Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum and the OLT Health for Life Project to develop a drama project for older people on Keeping Healthy in Winter and it was presented in Pilot's Row Community Centre on February 11th to approximately 70 older people on a day full of snow and ice. It certainly proved to be a topical subject for the weather that day.

Improving Equality for Men and Boys in Northern Ireland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Siobhan Harding   
Thursday, 06 February 2014 13:44

Improving Equality for Men and Boys in Northern Ireland?  What does this mean?

Man Matters brings Health and Safety to Armagh Men’s Shed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Siobhan Harding   
Thursday, 06 February 2014 08:35

Throughout the winter Man Matters has been delivering a series of courses to members of the Armagh Men’s Shed.

Among the courses run in the Shed were using IT, digital photography and First Aid for the appointed person.

The Armagh shed is a constant hive of activity and is a fantastic resource for local men who come to work in the workshop, attend classes or just have a chat with other men in the group.

Well done lads and here’s looking forward to continued co-operation and growth of this very valuable resource for men.

Training new tutors for the community PDF Print E-mail
Written by Siobhan Harding   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 10:19

This winter a third batch of students attained the Level 3 award in Community Tutor Training with Man Matters and were awarded their certificates at two Men’s Sheds venues in Belfast and Armagh.

This Level 3 award has provided the skills and knowledge for almost all our students to become working community tutors and as a gateway for two students to progress on to the Level 4 certificate with one of those enrolling for the BSc in Community Development at the University of Ulster.

We talk Man Matters with AONTAS STAR Award Judges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Siobhan Harding   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 16:07

Today Man Matters met three of the judges who shortlisted the project for an AONTAS STAR Award.

Man Matters - All Right Lads Conference 27/02/2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Glover   
Friday, 31 January 2014 00:00



Man Matters is a men's project aimed at providing training and learning opportunities for men across Northern Ireland. It is a project led by the Workers' Educational Association in partnership with Home-Start NI, the Men's Health Forum in Ireland and Parenting NI.

The project started in September 2009 and runs for five years thanks to support from the Big Lottery Fund. The aim of the project is to encourage men to engage in learning in the areas of health, family, learning and community/volunteering.

Over the five years of the project Man Matters will have worked with well in excess of 2,000 men who have faced significant barriers to engagement often due to poor educational attainment, poor health, low self esteem, unemployment or isolation.

Man Matters Champions Separated Dads PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Glover   
Monday, 27 January 2014 17:51


Man Matters successfully launched its third briefing paper on Separated Fathers at Stormont yesterday (23rd January 2014). Demand to attend the event was high with over 100 people coming to the Long Gallery showing the strength of feeling on this issue and the need that exists to provide support to men experiencing family separation.

Man Matters Shortlisted for AONTAS Star Award PDF Print E-mail
Written by Siobhan Harding   
Monday, 20 January 2014 13:59


We’re very excited! Man Matters has been shortlisted for an AONTAS Star Award. The Star Awards are about recognising and celebrating the invaluable collaborative work undertaken by adult learning initiatives in communities.

Five awards in total will be granted to adult learning projects based within the island of Ireland – four regional awards (Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught) and one nationwide award.  Man Matters is one of six projects shortlisted in Ulster.

Demand for Parenting Support Services reaches 35 Year High PDF Print E-mail
Written by Siobhan Harding   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 14:07

Parenting NI, one of Man Matter's partners, has reported a staggering growth in demand for its services seeing a massive increase in parents seeking help from them.

The austere climate of recent years has resulted in an increased demand for the parenting support services offered by Parenting NI. Statistics published from the organisation show a dramatic 32% increase in calls to their helpline over the past 3 years.

Launch of Fathers, Separation and Co-Parenting Briefing Paper 23/01/14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Glover   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 18:16

Although the issue of separated fathers often comes up in the news very little seems to be known about the true position of fathers when families break up. Man Matters is holding a seminar to launch a briefing paper on this issue entitled Fathers, Separation and Co-Parenting.

Happy Christmas from Man Matters! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Siobhan Harding   
Friday, 20 December 2013 11:04

Man Matters wishes you all a very happy and healthy Christmas.  We look forward to working with you in 2014!

Christmas jumpers are EVERYWHERE this year, have fun in yours.................

Man vs Christmas Dinner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Siobhan Harding   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 12:39

'Twas the week before Christmas and Man Matters visited a group of men in the Shaftesbury Community and Recreation Centre off the Ormeau Road in Belfast who were making a Christmas dinner.


                                         Relaxed preparations in the kitchen!

It's International Men's Day PDF Print E-mail
Written by Siobhan Harding   
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 13:06

Today (19th November) is International Men's Day! To celebrate the Belfast Men's Health Group, of which Man Matters is a member, met for breakfast in the City Hall, Belfast. Belfast's Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir even popped in to lend his support!



Scott McLean, Shankill SureStart, Colin Fowler, Men's Health Forum in Ireland, the Lord Mayor of Belfast Máirtín Ó Muilleoir and Paul O'Kane from the Belfast Trust celebrate International Men's Day in the City Hall, Belfast

Men's Health makes the news! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Siobhan Harding   
Thursday, 14 November 2013 11:59
Male reluctance to go to the doctor was tackled on BBC Newsline last night (13 November). The piece showed the story of Mickey McCusker who despite his symptoms refused to go to the doctor for 18 months. When he eventually did go he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and in his own words if he hadn't went when he did "I wouldn't be here today."

Mickey went to see his GP about something else rather than his symptoms. His GP said to him "you're a stranger" to which Mickey replied "I'm alright there's nothing wrong with me." Mickey's doctor ran a series of tests and it was discovered that he had prostate cancer. Mickey's message to other men is "if you're worried about your health, get it checked out. If the tests are clear you'll have peace of mind and if not you'll get sorted out."

Local GP Dr George O'Neill said the attitude of men towards visiting their doctor has improved although there are still some men who are hard to reach and this is mainly due to fear and to inconvenience for those who are working. Dr O'Neill's message to men is that "prevention is much better than cure, you are responsible for your own health."

Watch Mickey's story on BBC Newsline by clicking here. (17.45mins into the programme)

Man Matters hits the headlines! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Siobhan Harding   
Thursday, 14 November 2013 11:58



Man Matters featured on BBC Newsline this week (12th November). Our newly trained Health Champions were carrying out men's health checks in the Tonagh area of Lisburn during the week and were filmed by the BBC while they worked!!

The piece featured an interview with local man Chris who talked about why he hated going to the doctors. Mervyn Allen, who recently completed Health Champion training through Man Matters talked about the tests that are carried out on the men and what advice they are given.

The piece also featured the "ManVan" run by Cancer Focus NI which provides mobile health checks for men.

Congratulations to all the Health Champions involved and to BBC newsline for covering the important issue of men's health.

Watch the clip from BBC Newsline by clicking here.

Health Champions in Movember PDF Print E-mail
Written by Siobhan Harding   
Thursday, 14 November 2013 11:46


On Monday 28th October, ten Man Matters Health Champions received the final part of their champion training in the use of blood cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure and body fat measuring equipment.


Pictured above we can see the guys receiving instruction by representatives of ROCHE, in the safe and proper use of blood cholesterol and blood glucose monitors.

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