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Database: UK12

Created On Wednesday, 08 January 2014 17:24 By José Jesús Delgado


ID Code (e. g. HU1):
UK12
1 – MIND/MENTAL FITNESS/MENTAL WELLBEING/MEMORY/COGNITIVE TRAINING PROGRAM / SERVICE /
ACTIVITIY NAME (IN NATIONAL LANGUAGE):
The Older Men’s Project
ENGLISH TRANSLATION: N/A
URL
http://oldermenswellbeing.co.uk
LANGUAGE English
AUTHOR
N/A

2 - CONTACT DATA AND TYPE OF ORGANIZATION
ORGANIZATION (NAME):
The Older Men’s Project
ORGANIZATION (URL):
http://oldermenswellbeing.co.uk
COUNTRY:
UK
TYPE (SME, Company, Community Centre, Health Centre, Educational Centre, Foundation,
Municipality, governmental institution, etc):
web based network
ADDRESS:
N/A
TELEPHONE: N/A
E-MAIL: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  Public  
  In this case, please indicate the territorial
scope of the organization:
National

3 - TARGET POPULATION
Age range:
From: N/A to N/A years N/A
Older than: 50 years  
Gender: Males
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:
N/A

4 - CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MIND FITNESS PROGRAM / SERVICE / ACTIVITY (NB: Should the program, service or activity be included into more than one category, please select the most representative category for that PSA. But, REMEMBER: THE PSA MUST BE SELECTED ONLY IN CASE THAT MENTAL FITNESS / MENTAL WELLBEING IS INCLUDED IN ITS GENERAL AIMS OR GOALS. IF NOT, YOU SHOULD NOT SELECT IT. The characteristics below are the means, not the goal)
Promoting a healthy lifestyle, Strengthening positive relationships, Enhancing community participation
Other: N/A
COST FOR PARTICIPATION, FEES (in Euros):N/A N/A N/A
(EXPECTED) DURATION OF THE Programme/Service/Activity: Not defined
Begin (Month/Year, e. g. 02/2012):N/A
End (Month/Year, e. g. 02/2012):N/A or Number of weeks:N/A
Number of units:N/A
Hours per unit:N/A

5 - PROGRAM / SERVICE / ACTIVITY PURPOSES
The Older Men’s project is part of the Fit as a Fiddle programme. ( see UK10) designed to help older people to live more healthy‚ active and fulfilling lives. One strand of the programme is working with men over the age of 50.

Over the last 5 years the Older Men’s Project has worked with National Partners in encouraging men and organisations to address the 3 main themes
• Physical
Activity
• Healthy
Eating
• Mental
WellBeing

The project identified good Mental Well-Being as feeling positive, satisfied, realising abilities, being productive, managing health issues, able to cope with daily stresses and survive difficult situations.

Mental well-being is affected by many things. Positive influences include physical health and a stable home life; negative influences include unemployment, illness and poor housing.

The work has involved not only highlighting health messages and information to older men but creating activities and groups across the UK that the Over 50’s man can attend.

HELPING MEN http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/, is a leading resource for anyone who is in the business of helping men get help. They provide news, resources and information designed to support any professional who is interested in improving men and boys' access to and outcomes from services delivered by the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. They also offer training, research and consultancy services to anyone who shares their commitment to help more men get help.

Contact is Glen Poole
email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
phone 07981 334222.

They have identified several recurring themes that are consistently highlighted across different service areas and research dealing with older men

1. Female dominated services
2. The social conditioning of men and boys
3. Negative attitudes about men
4. A failure to focus on men’s need
5. Lack of positive gender discourse about men
6. Stigma
7. Social isolation
8. Lack of opportunities for men to ‘do it themselves’
9. Strategic barriers
10. Difficulty identifying men as ‘victims’ or needing help

All are explained further through

http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/top-ten-barriers-that-prevent-men.html

The Older Men’s Project sought to respond to these barriers.

6 - RESOURCES
a.- Which materials were used?
Varied, meeting rooms, care home , meeting venues
b.- Who conducted the program / service activity? (What role, what qualifications, etc.)
Initially professionals , but following training a buddy volunteer facilitation process was put into place.

7 - METHODOLOGY USED (presentations, pair work, group work, peers, mentors, blended
learning, e-learning, etc.)
Older Men’s Network for Better Health & Wellbeing

Key to the success and long term future of the programme is the role of older men who volunteer to be a Buddy. Involving men as volunteers is a key element of many successful projects targeting men effectively which fits the view that men will take help if they also have a chance to give help. Volunteering is also beneficial for the men involved and 65% of Fit as a Fiddle volunteers surveyed reported learning new skills and an increase in their confidence and self-esteem according to the 2011 evaluation report. Buddies engage with and then support other older men to have more healthy‚ active and fulfilling lives.

A program is to designed to cascade skills into the sector by training Men (50+) as Volunteer Health Mentors (Buddies) within various organisations who will then engage with their peers in those organisations one or more of the 3 levels: physical activity; healthy eating/healthy lifestyles and mental well being.

The men attend the Fit as a Fiddle Wellbeing Buddy training course which can be delivered locally or in the workplace.

Also important were the partnerships developed to deliver the activities and to manage the volunteer Buddies. Each partner organisation had its own skills and expertise to compliment the programme. From Premiership Football Clubs to Independent Men’s groups, from Older Peoples Housing Providers to Care Homes they all contributed to engaging the older men with the help of the trained volunteers and the advice of the Older Men’s National Co-ordinator.

‘Men to Mentor’ is an example project designed to increase the Health and well-being of older men (aged over 50) in St Helens.

A project designed to increase the Health and well-being of older men (aged over 50) in St Helens. Older men aged over 50 are difficult to reach in terms of health and mental well-being‚ and men in this age bracket are known be to at a higher risk of heart attacks‚ strokes and diabetes. 
 
'Men to Mentor' takes an innovative approach to tackling this issue‚ working with older men and training them to support their male peers. The project offers a wide range of healthy activities:
• physical exercise and sport
• mental stimulation and learning new skills
• work to boost morale and self-esteem
• education around diet and nutrition

The programme includes a range of groups and activities including:

Naughty but sporty: an activity group offering an exercise programme and motivational teaching which involve older men in a warm and friendly group environment.

Slimmin'wi'no women: a project that provides gentle exercises and dietary information for older men who need to lose weight and adopt a healthier lifestyle‚ in relaxed and non-threatening "men only" sessions.

8 - PROGRAM / SERVICE / ACTIVITY SUMMARY DESCRIPTION
The majority of partners worked with are continuing work with older men in some form or other. The project has endeavored to instil the importance of working with older men into the culture of the partner organisations and the continuation of projects supports this as a success.

The older men’s project has now been extended to October 2013. The sustainability of the Older Men’s initiative will be a priority.

During the year 2013 the following will happen
• Creation of a National Older Men’s Network – to include all partner organisations from the project and any other organisations or individuals with an interest in Older Men’s Well Being.
• Creation of a dedicated Website to support the network
• Creation of National Older Men’s Champion Training Scheme available to all organisations who are members of the Network.

The Older Man’s Network is a network designed to give as much information and support to individuals and organisations that want to make a difference to older men’s health and wellbeing. The Network will share the good practice developed over the last 5 years and also invite new partners to share their experiences in working with older men.

There will be the opportunity as a member of the network to promote activities and events on the website and also to work alongside the present partners involved in the network.

The Older Men’s network asked its members what good health meant to them?

Their responses were:

- Feeling glad to be alive
- Enjoying being with my family and friends
- Living to a ripe old age
- Feeling good in myself most of the time
- Being able to make my own decisions
- Hardly ever taking any tablets or medicines
- Being a good weight for my height
- Taking part in lots of activities
- Not smoking
- Getting on with other people most of the time
- Having all the parts of my body in good working condition
- Eating the ‘right’ foods
- Feeling I can cope well with life
- Hardly ever going to see the doctor only for an MOT
- Never suffering from anything more serious than a mild cold or stomach upset
- Enjoying some sort of relaxation/recreation

In some respects this ‘feel good’ agenda can for m the basis for all our learners in the MENTA project as we seek to enhance their own well being.

This project too is of interest and gives insight to us in MENTA in the parameters and guidelines it presents us with in relation to working with and offering development opportunities for older men, clearly a key part of our target group.

9 - ADDITIONAL COMMENTS / CONCLUSIONS / RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OUR
MATERIAL/COURSE
N/A

10 - RELATED REFERENCES (BIBLIOGRAPHY AND/OR INTERNET LINKS)

http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/five-ways-4-to-work-with-older-men.html
http://www.gohealthlive.com/files/images/AgeConcernoldermenservices.pdf
Arber, S., Davidson, K. (2003) ‘Older Men: Their Social Worlds and Healthy Lifestyles’,
University of Surrey, ESRC Growing Older Programme)

How to look after your mental health in later life
–http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-to-in-later-life/
Grouchy Old Men? – a brief guide to help develop services that engage isolated older men and promote good mental health and well being: http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/grouchy-old-men/
Older People Mental Health Today: A handbook – an overview of older people’s mental health written by experts in the field: http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/older-people-mental-health-today/
Promoting mental health and well-being in later life – a research report about the important factors in older people’s mental health: http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/promoting-mental-health-and-well-being-in-later-life/

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