Man Club Building its Membership

Henley Man Club, a community created for men to share, listen and support each other has 16 members after 4 weeks of meeting every Monday at The Bull on Bell Street,

The Club hosted by co-founders Luke Dorn and Gary Boys, officially launched Monday 11 March and is being held weekly at The Bull on Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames, every Monday from 8.00-9.30pm in the ‘Garden Room’.

Gary Boys said, “We, as a collective, would like to send our warmest regards to Brakspear for allowing us to use their facility and ‘Garden Room’ to create a welcoming space for our meetings. A WhatsApp group, with agreed rules of engagement, has also been created as a place for members to support each other and discuss ideas between meetings. Our members come from a cross section of industries and we have covered topics such as ageism at work, redundancy, job hunting, dealing with grief, cost of living crisis, imposter syndrome, toxic workplace environments and micro-management, work/life balance, exit strategy from work, mental health, suicidal thoughts and well-being.

Simon Trower from the mental health charity Bravemind came to talk at the Club and gave some helpful input around creating values.

The Club have already looked at ways in which they can volunteer in the community including become a volunteer driver for Henley Volunteer Bureau, help at events including Hlth is Wlth Festival and Trad Boat Festival as well as entering a Tough Mudder team on 18 May to raise funds for charity.

Gary added, “We would like to thank all the new members of the group for joining. Furthermore, we would like to thank Jody Dorn, Laurie Smith, Samantha and all the staff at The Bull on Bell Street.”

Two members of the club said why they had joined and liked the club. A said, “Diversity of people and understanding the issues other men are dealing with” and B added, “Needed a group,  needed help and wanted to be part of a team and support network. It can feel isolating when you have a challenge. Being part of a team has helped me improve my identity.”

If you would like to join and have any questions, please email hello@henleymanclub.com

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