New drop in sessions for older men in Langley were launched on Saturday 9 September by Tan Dhesi, the Labour Member of Parliament for Slough.
Men’s Matters is a new charity, created from a Radian initiative to tackle the issue of social isolation and loneliness amongst older men, and has been successfully running drop-in centres and activities in Windsor since early 2017. The group is now expanding into Maidenhead as well as Langley.
Around 50 people, including Radian residents, attended the launch on Saturday which had plenty of activities on offer including cupcake decorating, health checks and other taster sessions. The highlight of the launch was a game of walking football, which the MP, Mayor and local councillors couldn’t resist getting involved in.
David Isaacs, a resident of Longwood Park, went along to the event to find out what Men’s Matters was all about, and has already been back to the drop in session.
He said, “I was wondering what Men’s Matters is, so I went to the open day to find out, and it sounded good. I followed up by attending the first session of the newly formed ‘Langley Chapter’”.
“I’m very glad I did. We chatted and laughed about being men in this modern day. We’re finding a way to bring ourselves and neighbours out of the isolation and potential loneliness that today’s single living can bring.”
“Two hours went in seemingly about half an hour. We made plans for future meetings and all look forward to our next weekly meeting!”
Foxborough ward councillor, Cllr Madhuri Bedi, who supports the charity and helped to organise the launch event, said: “Radian has been instrumental in bringing Men’s Matters to Slough. This new charity has made significant steps in supporting older men by offering friendship and organising activities that contribute to their health and wellbeing.”
“Men's Matters is greatly needed in Slough, my hope is it will provide our residents with the same support and positive outcomes that Windsor residents are already benefiting from.”
Radian’s Community Development Officer Shabana Farooq worked with the members of the group to ensure their launch event went smoothly. She said: “Men’s Matters is a brilliant initiative which brings older men together to tackle loneliness and isolation.”
“The launch was a great example of partnership working with Slough Borough Council and Cllr Bedi, and is evidence of how joint up working can make a project stronger and bring the community and partners together as one.”
“I am looking forward to the drop-ins as I know there is a need in the area. This group will support many Radian residents to become more independent and flourish.”
Radian is delighted to continue to support the work of Men’s Matters and we look forward to seeing how the charity progresses and expands in the coming months and years.
Sessions will run at Longwood Park Resource Centre in Common Road, Langley on Tuesdays between 2 and 4pm. If you would like to find out more, please contact Men’s Matters by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 07827642504. You can find out more about the group on their website, www.mensmatters.org.uk.