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

1st February 2023

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)

For further information please contact:

Aoife Kelly

Menpower Programme Coordinator

Offaly Local Development Company

Millennium House,

Main St,

Tullamore,

Co. Offaly

Tel: 087-7385989

Email: akelly@offalyldc.ie 

We can also be contactd 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.”

"I have just finished a 12-week course called MenPower. I am speaking from the bottom of my heart, Aoife and Des have saved my life. 12/13 weeks ago, all I could do was go from the bed to the chair and back again punctuated by a single visit to Tesco self-service on a Wednesday and back to bed. I didn't know what time of day or night it was, it didn't matter.

Now I've been showering every Tuesday night for the last 12 weeks in anticipation of the next two days with the MenPower group. I'm back to some decent sleep for a change and a completely different person than the one that came in.

But it was the meeting, laughing, crying sharing and the listening to each other that has me hopeful for the future, I can now safely say I have my brothers and friends and no man will be left behind.

I am at a total loss as to how this programme hasn't been rolled out countrywide, it’s a damn shame. Men like us in MenPower are in dire straits. I see them everywhere, turning to anything that will take away the darkness just for a few hours.

A pal, a friend, a buddy, that is what is needed in my humble opinion for men who are lost, plus tea, sandwiches and a good laugh go a long long way!

MenPower simply needs to expand and get this initiative right across the country especially in the rural areas of this land.

Every man out there needs to hear and learn about MenPower, it saved my life.

Kind regards,

Mick (MenPower graduate!)"