Men's Matters members with the RBWM Deputy Mayor and Mayoress and Radian Community Development Officer, Madhuri Bedi
Men's Matters celebrated their launch as a registered charity at Radian's Windsor office on Wednesday 19 May. The group was formed by Radian residents in November 2015 and has been supported throughout their journey by Community Development Officer, Madhuri Bedi. They aim to reach out to men over the age of 50 who may be at risk of loneliness and social isolation.
Men's Matters trustees and members we joined at the launch by a number of stakeholders, including faith leaders, local police and charity partners, who have been influential in the group's success to date. Cllr John Lenton, the Deputy Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, and Mrs Margaret Lenton, the Deputy Mayoress were in attendance, and were impressed by how far the group had come since their initial meetings in November 2015.
Men's Matters has received financial support from RBWM, the Louis Baylis Charitable Trust and the Aviva Community Foundation. They have also been helped by a number of local businesses and organisations who have donated their time, services and equipment the group.
As well as a weekly drop-in session, Men's Matters organise a varied range of activities including drumming workshops, cooking on a budget classes and IT skills training. They have big plans for the future and look forward to working with current and future partners to organise events and activities and reach out to even more men.
Tim Walker, Chair of Men's Matters, said, "We were delighted by the response to our launch and the discussions generated many great ideas we intend taking forward. We will continue doing our best to help older men in and around Windsor to live with great purpose and enthusiasm."
Men's Matters have a weekly drop-in centre that meets every Monday 1pm to 3.30pm at All Saints Church in Dedworth.