Who are we, and what are we doing here? Here is a list of questions we are frequently asked along with some answers…
Is Mens Wellbeing related to any church or other group?
Mens Wellbeing has no religious affiliation or bias. All men are welcome regardless of religious belief, nationality or sexual orientation. Our core values are honesty, respect and authenticity. There is no getting it right or wrong in our programs.
Will I be judged?
The inner judge is the worst kind! This is the judge you will have your biggest wrestle with as Mens Wellbeing understands the need for honesty and respect and these values are woven through everything we do. Our programs are not a test you must pass, they are an opportunity to look at yourself and your life, as you choose to, and make your own decisions about what your next step is.
Is this for gay men?
Our community has many valuable members including some men who are same-sex oriented. They are no more or less in number than in general life and many of our members don’t actually know or even ask these questions because it simply doesn’t matter. Just like your job, you will find our community more interested in ‘who you are’ more than what you do or who you share your bed with.
Will anyone try and "fix" me?
You do not need fixing. You are the captain of your ship and it is you who will navigate your own course. We are here to encourage and support whatever your choices are. Our programs offer you opportunities to learn new skills and enjoy experiences that can change the way you look at your life and relationships.
Is "men's work" only about serious stuff?
Not at all. Many men come along to our gatherings simply to relax, network with other men and enjoy a light-hearted “men‘s space” of camaraderie and like minds. Men can either attend workshops they feel drawn to, or not. Our Common Ground Men’s Groups are a space of supported growth for going deeper into life’s issues, in a place of respect and without pressure.
Mens Wellbeing and our programs Open Ground and Common Ground welcome males of diversity and those identifying as gay, bisexual, heterosexual, intersex, queer and transmen. All people identifying as males should feel that Mens Wellbeing events are safe, welcoming and inclusive, where everyone has the opportunity to feel comfortable to be themselves. For our GBTI+ people, that means a respectful environment where everyone is treated equally, feels included and valued. We expect all participants to automatically include GBTI+ diversity in their language in public space to account for those identifying as male. We also ask that participants avoid assumptions regarding a person's anatomy, gender or sexual preferences. We see these events as a time to share heartfelt connections with a diverse range of males and to gain insight and understanding into all realms of masculinity. We believe all males have something to offer and we'd like to feel that we are creating a space for all to express and share freely. We hope to create a celebration of masculinity.