Men to Men is a men’s support group committed to working in co-operation with similar groups, and with other relevant voluntary, commercial and statutory bodies, to provide greater support to men in need and to raise awareness of those needs.
Finding a place for all men
Men to Men developed from an original group of heterosexual men who had experienced a broken relationship usually with a partner although there were those where the breakdown was with a parent. In some cases members had been victims of domestic violence by female partners or other family members, had been refused access to children even in cases where a court ruling was in place. Some had lost their homes. In other cases, men had reached some particular crisis and found that society is not very accepting of men in difficulty. Many felt that the place of the father is demeaned in the development of children. Other men wished to change some behaviour that was causing them and others difficulty.
Men versus Men
As the group developed, those involved came to realise that many problems affecting men are caused by men. As many women argue – our society is still largely patriarchal. It was the need for a greater understanding between men, as well as between men and women that suggested the group’s name – Men to Men.
From this diverse group evolved an organisation working to bring about societal change; in the legal system particularly Family Law; the nature of Domestic Violence; health care; social services; education; and Human Rights.
As the Group has grown, we have moved beyond dwelling on crises to emphasising the positive aspects of men’s experience and bringing this to bear on difficulties that may arise.
Men to Men has no particular gender model for men or women. We work with people as they are.
Men to Men is committed to working with other groups to the benefit of children, women and men. Our emphasis on men does not imply a lack of concern for the good of all society. We would contend that the treatment of men from infancy to old age, quite often by other men, is a force for damage for all of us and our society
Men to Men will co-operate with other bodies in the best interests of men but will remain independent of all statutory, voluntary, commercial and political bodies.
Men to Men conducts counselling according to the Code of Practice and Ethics of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and provides proper supervision for counsellors, helpline staff and group workers.
Men to Men is a member of a number of bodies in this country and Britain actively working to change the legal system, health care, education and social services as they affect males of all ages.