Mindstep: Mindstep partner with Andys Man Club in Abergavenny

Thank you to the Mindstep Foundation for sharing the following article:

The Mindstep Foundation has been working closely with Andy’s Man Club to set up a new talking group for men in Abergavenny, which opened its doors on Monday 4th April.

Andy’s Man Club was founded by the family of Andy Roberts, who died by suicide aged 23. The clubs, which take place nationwide every Monday 7-9pm, are a place for men to come together in a safe environment to talk about issues and problems they have faced or are currently facing.

Tracey Davies, co-founder of the Mindstep Foundation said “We are so pleased to have worked with Andy’s Man Club to set up a new talking group in Abergavenny. Our local area has been hugely affected by suicide in the past few years, and we wanted to help create a safe space for men to talk openly and free of judgement. These clubs have been hugely successful in supporting men throughout the UK and it was pleasure to work with Andy’s Man Club charity to see this come to fruition.”

James Smith, from the Mindstep Foundation, facilitates the Andys Man Club in Abergavenny. He said: “In the first month, we have already seen a strong turnout at the club each week, which shows the demand in the local and wider community. It is a warm, welcoming environment where everyone feels free to speak openly and support others in need. I now look forward to attending every Monday evening. Please do come along and have a chat with us if you feel you need to.”

Andy Greenway, ANDYSMANCLUB project development champion, commented “we are thrilled to have another club open in the South Wales area to work alongside the clubs already operating in Porthcawl and the Rhondda Valley. The turnout we have seen in Abergavenny and the support from local organisations has been great to see. To know that men now have a place to go to share their issues if massive and we are very proud to have another AMC running and helping those men”

The club runs every Monday 7-9pm, except bank holidays, at the Tithe Barn, Monk Street, Abergavenny, NP7 5ND. Follow the club Facebook Page here for updates.

Andy’s Man Clubs take place every week across the UK. If you are not local to Abergavenny, you can find your nearest club here.

April 11, 2022