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Weslayan Foundation supporting men’s mental health

The Men’s Group

A Leicester charity is set to launch a new service supporting men with their mental health thanks to a £2,000 donation from the Wesleyan Foundation.

The grant will help The Centre Project launch The Men’s Group, a drop-in session which will provide a safe space to support men suffering with depression and anxiety.

The Men’s Group forms part of the Centre Project’s wider efforts to reduce loneliness among vulnerable and socially isolated people in Leicester.

Eric Waweru, Chief Executive of The Centre Project, said: “Loneliness, poverty and homelessness are the main reoccurring problems facing the men that come to us for support. Now that we are able to offer a dedicated session allowing men to talk openly about their difficulties we are hoping to have a positive impact on the growing number of men who are suffering in silence in Leicester.”

Caroline Hill, Director of HR & Corporate Services at Wesleyan, said: “The Wesleyan Foundation allows us to show our support for great causes that are important to our customers. Mental health is an important issue and we’re really impressed with the work that The Centre Project is doing to support vulnerable men in the community. We are happy to be funding a new dedicated drop-in session.”

The Men’s Group will meet fortnightly on Thursday evenings, starting in December, at The Centre Project building in Leicester’s town centre.

The Centre Project provides support to socially isolated people suffering from mental health problems. The charity aims to help reduce isolation and loneliness by providing practical support and help in establishing and maintaining social support networks.

The Wesleyan Foundation was launched in June 2017 by specialist financial services mutual Wesleyan and has already provided more than £1 million in funding to over 200 charities, community groups and social enterprises around the country.

For more information about the Wesleyan Foundation and to apply for funding visit: http://www.wesleyan.co.uk/foundation/.