MenPower

MenPower (formerly known as Mojo) is for men who are in distress and affected by employment-related issues. The men must be motivated to make changes to their lives. Many men attending MenPower are unemployed for a variety of reasons including: a lack of availability of jobs in their related fields, poor physical and or mental health and providing care to a family member. Some men are employed or self-employed and are experiencing distress.

Training Course name:

MenPower Group Training Programme

Who is it suitable for?

Men over 18 years of age, who may feel, lost, confused or lacking focus or direction. It is also suitable for men experiencing employment related issues.

What is the course content?

The group training programme combines a unique mix of mental health, adult guidance, and physical activity and provides a social space that affords men the opportunity to explore the following: how to be and stay well, barriers to achieving their goals and desires and how to plan for the future. In addition to the group work each man will have two one on one sessions with a life planner. The physical element of the programme is conducted by Offaly Sports Partnership.

Course Times  

From 10 am to 1pm on Wednesdays and 10 am to 2pm Thursdays

Location

Offaly Local Development Company Millennium House, Main Street, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Eligibility

Men over 18 years of age, there is no upper age limit. Men can refer themselves or be referred by their GP or a support worker. Men must be willing to commit to the group two mornings a week.

Course Start date:

Three, 4 week training programmes a year and three 12 week programmes a year.

When does the next course start

 22nd and 23rd September, 2021

What days will the training be on

Wednesdays and Thursdays

How will the course be delivered

The course will be delivered face to face in small groups in a large space facilitating the Covid restrictions and guidelines. There are also two one to one sessions assigned to each man.

What support do you offer to Learners

MenPower staff are available, by appointment if needed, prior to a group session commencing, during group and after group if you require a listening ear or support with regards to issues you may be experiencing. If staff are unable to support you, they will signpost you to someone that can. Many different agencies input on the programme and are also available to support you. All you have to do is make a 1:1 appointment. This can be done when the facilitator is visiting the group or if you would prefer the agency can be contacted in your own time with guidance from the MenPower Staff if needed.

Is the course certified

No, the course is not certified. Men that complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation

Is there a fee to take part

There is no fee, it is free to take part in the programme. Refreshments and lunch are provided.

What are the maximum number of participants taken on the course

 Small group setting (adhering to Covid restrictions and guidelines)

Contact:

Caroline Brickland 0876028801 or email cbrickland@offalyldc.ie

We can also be contacted through reception at Offaly Local Development Company (057) 93 22850/ info@offalyldc.ie

Testimonials:

 “Helps you to stop and think and take some time to yourself. Plenty of information and very relaxed atmosphere”.

 “A place to get information on how to change to a positive mindset.”

“ I learned that I am not alone feeling like this there are people out there that will help.”

 

 

 

 

MenPower (formerly known as Mojo) is for men who are in distress and affected by employment-related issues. The men must be motivated to make changes to their lives. Many men attending MenPower are unemployed for a variety of reasons including: a lack of availability of jobs in their related fields, poor physical and or mental health and providing care to a family member. Some men are employed or self-employed and are experiencing distress.

The training takes place over a 12 week period, Wednesday’s 10-1pm and Thursday’s 10-2pm in Offaly Local Development Company, Millennium House, Main Street, Tullamore, Co Offaly (Eircode - R35Y7P2). The training is free and lunch is provided. A man’s benefits will not be affected while participating on the course. 

The group training programme combines a unique mix of mental health, adult guidance, physical fitness and social networking methodologies that afford men the opportunity to explore the following: how to be and stay well, barriers to achieving their goals and desires and how to plan for their future. In addition to the group work each man will have two 1:1 sessions with a life planner. The physical element of the programme is conducted by Offaly Sports Partnership.

The intended outcome is that men create a more positive future for themselves and their families. Through the programme, participants are supported to reflect on past experiences and explore current options in order to develop a plan that supports them to have their mental wellbeing intact.

MenPower also deliver 3 x 4 week Mini Taster Programmes per year. The Mini MenPower Programmes are modelled on our 12 week programme. modules include Mental and Physical Fitness, Life Planning, and other topics that the men need support with e.g. managing sleep, problem solving, self-esteem and the likes. The Mini MenPower Programmes are 2 hours in duration for a period of four weeks.

MenPower is overseen by an Interagency Advisory Group comprised of a host of organizations working in County Offaly and is hosted by Offaly Local Development Company. 

Does MenPower, the project formerly known as Mojo, work?

Since 2011, Mojo (now known as MenPower) has gathered evidence through 3 external evaluations.[1]  These evaluations have demonstrated that:

  • Almost all men reported a decrease in or elimination of risk of harm to self or others.
  • 83% reduced their level of depression and anxiety.
  • Between 86% and 90% retention rates on the programme.
  • Between 70% and 76% progression onto training & education.
  • 4 out of 5 men reported an increase in self esteem.
  • Every training programme is over prescribed. All of the men leave with an individualised plan to support them in the future.

All three evaluations highlight that Mojo (now known as MenPower) is a high quality, evidence based intervention that is improving interagency work practices. The project offers significant value for money for investors. 

[1] Mojo Kildare, Mojo South Dublin and Social Return on Investment.