North Leitrim Men's Group offers opportunites
To contact the North Leitrim Men's Group, call (from the Republic of Ireland) 071 98 55347
Our group believes that the quality of life of isolated rural men can be improved by offering them opportunities to increase personal, social and technical skills, and by offering them an opportunity to come together in a working team which can contribute to meeting the needs of the local community and voluntary groups.
The group believes that these men deserve to be treated with dignity
and respect, and that by involving them in their own development and in
that of their communities, they can be better equipped to live a fuller,
healthier and more rewarding life.
1) Creativity workshops;
The North Leitrim Men's Group (NLMG) was formed in 1996. The makeup of
this group consisted of Community Employment scheme supervisors, past
Community Employment scheme participants who had progressed to work, participants
who had expressed an interest in the concept of the group, and concerned
males from sponsoring or business backgrounds. These people were concerned
that the needs of socially and geographically isolated men were not being
In view of this deficit, the NLMG decided that the structure and support offered by the FÁS Community Employment programme would be an ideal vehicle within which to launch an innovative and challenging approach to tackling these issues. In August 1997 a project proposal was developed which adopted an approach aimed at meeting the needs of single, isolated men within the North Leitrim Area. From the start the NLMG placed particular emphasis on the importance of Community Employment as a social contact. The project proposal was accepted by FÁS and the scheme began in September 1997.
With the continued support of FÁS we have run a scheme for men
in the target group every year since then. Other significant developments
for the NLMG since 1997 have been the publication in 2001 of the results
of a comprehensive survey into the lives and needs of single men in North
Leitrim and the launch in 2002, with the support of the North Western
Health Board of an innovative Health Project for participants on the Community
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