Meetings

Every week, we host a series of open door meetings for anyone who wants to enjoy  a cup of tea or coffee and discuss how their week has been, any troubles or frustrations that they feel they want to get off their chest. It is also an opportunity for everyone to listen to others, learn from their experiences and offer their own advice if they feel they want to.

There is no expectation for anyone to talk or open up. Sometimes listening can help too. It might take a week or two before someone feels comfortable talking and that’s ok.

We expect everyone attending to agree to the Chatham House Rules principle. That is, what is said in the room, must not be disclosed by anyone to anyone. This ensures everyone in the group feels comfortable that what they say will remain within the group.

Meetings occur at a number of locations and are entirely free.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the meetings held?

Our meetings currently take place in a small, quiet setting in Sheerness in Kent. We are looking to expand to other locations in the future.

How much is it to attend each meeting?

All meetings are free. We do not ask for anything to help improve mental health for everyone.

What can I expect at a meeting?

Our meetings are very informal. No one is expected to talk straight away. Your meeting host will begin initial discussions by explaining how their week is going which may prompt conversations with others.

Is this formal counselling?

No. None of our meetings have trained counsellors. Our meetings are about getting men to talk openly and privately which is akin to having a chat down the pub.

Our meetings cannot and do not try to replace formal counselling with trained and qualified counsellors.

Are the meetings private?

Yes. All our meetings are completely private.

We expect everyone attending to agree to the Chatham House Rules principle. That is, what is said in the room, must not be disclosed by anyone to anyone. This ensures everyone in the group feels comfortable that what they say will remain within the group.

The only exception to this is if an attendee discloses that they are a danger to themselves or others. In this case, we have a legal duty to inform the authorities.

I am nervous and don't like to meet new people.

You are not the only one. Please don’t worry. We assure you others feel the the same when they first attend our meetings.

Our host will welcome you and guide you through the meeting. If you want them to, they will introduce you to the group, or if you prefer, you can stay out of view and still listen in to get a feel for what happens.

You are not expected to talk. Listening can help too. But you are welcome to jump straight in if you want to.

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