Last month, Men’s Matters, a charity set up to improve men’s mental health and reduce social isolation and loneliness, was delighted to be awarded a £2,500 grant from The Saints and Sinners Trust after Sir Michael Parkinson chose the group as his charity of choice, placing their name into a lottery for the chance to be awarded the grant.
The Saints and Sinners charity distributes grants primarily to charitable institutions, trusts and undertakings which have been established for charitable purposes, and thus seeks to enable other charitable organisations to achieve their objectives.
Radian started working on the Men’s Matters concept in November 2015. Since then, the group have committed themselves to making a difference to the health and wellbeing of older men’s lives in the local community; providing drop-ins first in Windsor and then expanding to Langley and Maidenhead, providing opportunities for socialising, quizzes, day trips, awareness sessions and more.
Sir Michael Parkinson became the charities patron in 2017 and has been supporting their cause ever since. Sir Michael is patron for a number of charities, many of which are much larger than Men’s Matters; making his choice to put the charity into the lottery particularly special. Without Sir Michaels support and enthusiasm, Men’s Matters would not have received this grant.
Sir Michael has been described as the greatest British talk show host of all time and is also a strong supporter of men’s issues having helped raise awareness of prostate cancer after battling the disease first-hand. He is a fantastic patron for the charity and Men’s Matters is sincerely grateful for his continuous support.
The Men’s Matters group recently celebrated three years since its inception at the annual get together last month and the grant provided an extra reason to celebrate. Lunch was served up by catering students working at the local college’s Zest restaurant in Langley, with more than 70 Men’s Matters members from Windsor, Maidenhead and Langley branches tucking in to enjoy a variety of delicious canapés and a dinner. The Mayor of Slough and the Mayor and Mayoress of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead also joined in with the festivities.
Speaking after the lunch event, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor, Councillor Paul Lion said: “I am delighted to support the Men’s Matters Charity. Loneliness is an issue that should concern us all and this group, has made a powerful contribution to the quality of life of its members.”
Men’s Matters Trustee, Paul Samuels said: “It was wonderful bringing together our members from our three centres in Windsor, Maidenhead and Langley and our partners who have supported us so well.”
The Mayor of Slough said: ‘Due to commitment, dedication and a genuine desire to create an opportunity for men to lead more fulfilling lives, Men’s Matters is now a well-established and respected charity in the town.’