2015 -2016 Annual Report Men's Resource Centre (Inc.)
WHAT WE DELIVER
MEN’S RESOURCE CENTRE (INC.) CBD OFFICE
A safe, secure, easy accessible venue for men and the community to visit to seek help. Clients are afforded the opportunity to tell their story and health concerns to a compassionate and supportive staff member. The staff member evaluates the health issue and refers the client to the appropriate agency and best possible care. Food vouchers (value $1625.00) and toilet bags (65 bags issued which were donated) have been issued to homeless men to ease their current status. Over the past year we have assisted 84 people who visited the MRC office. The Suspended Coffee/Soup Program is into its third year, four cafes supply the service, customers simply order an extra coffee and a voucher is issued to a person in need to access a free cup of coffee or soup. 307 cups of coffee/soup have been provided to men in need through this service.
WELL MAN WELLNESS CHECK (WMWC)
The WMWC is a fantastic powerful tool to engage men and the community in a safe, secure and empowering way. Participants complete the WMWC which includes blood pressure, waist measurement, 8 mind health and 9 prostate/sexual questions and information on smoking and alcohol consumption is supplied. The strength of the WMWC is that staff are not clinicians which allow the participant to speak openly and express any health concerns. As men are stoic and reluctant to seek help the WMWC is the first step to learning health seeking behavior and planting the seed of self-responsibility. Information on all aspects of physical, mental and social wellbeing is distributed through a health information bag which is supplied to each participant on completion. Over the past year 397 participants have completed the WMWC.
HEALTH & WELLNESS PROMOTION TO REMOTE REGIONAL TOWNS
The Men’s Resource Centre (Inc.) staff delivered presentations and the Well Man Wellness Check to 454 community members in Bridgetown, Collie, Cranbrook, Denmark, Tambellup, Katanning and Gnowangerup. To get the best participation from these communities MRC staff targeted regional show days or when there was a significant event being held in the town. The Men’s Resource Centre published 18 articles in the Great Southern Football Association Footie Focus, 800 members receive the Footie Focus throughout the region.
POSITIVE MENTORING PROGRAM
The Positive Mentoring Program has now been running since November 2014, the Commonwealth Bank donated $10,000.00 to purchase 6 mountain bikes and 6 kayaks. Further funding was provided by the NIB Foundation and Westpac to continue the program. There are now 2 Programs involving 4 sessions on mountain bikes and 4 sessions in kayaks, each session a subject is discussed to increase participant’s self-confidence, self-esteem and self-belief. Participants have come from Young House a homeless shelter for youth, St Joseph’s College and from men who present at the MRC office. 40 participants have now completed a Program.
EDUCATION & HEALTH PROMOTION VIA SOCIAL, RADIO & PRINT MEDIA
The Men’s Resource Centre promotes preventative health on a weekly basis on Facebook, Twitter and on the MRC Website. Staff presented 16 radio programs on men’s health and the MRC published 27 men’s health articles in the local papers.
BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS
The Men’s Resource Centre (Inc.) has distributed 12,500 copies of the Men’s Survival Handbook around the Great Southern and also across Australia. The Men’s Survival Handbook Third Edition is now in use and is in every Golf Club and Bowling Club in Western Australia. The Fourth Edition is soon to be printed.
The MRC were acknowledged for the success of the Well Man Wellness Check and our contribution to regional communities by receiving the Act Belong Commit Community Partner Award in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
The MRC was originally refunded for 2014 to 2017 with the option of a further two x one year extensions from the WA Department of Health, our contract is now managed by the West Australian Country Health Service. The MRC has continued to improve operations and outcomes of the organisation and have continued to seek corporate funding. Our focus has been on ensuring all activities undertaking by the MRC are dealt with professionally, efficiently and in a business-like manner. We maintain transparent business records and have improved statistical record keeping.
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE & MRC STAFF
The MRC Management Committee consists of Chairman Carl Heslop, Treasurer Cheryl Dowell, Secretary Martin Lloyd, Phillip Thompson, Jon Doust, Brian Campbell, Ian Pitman and Rosie Tihanyi. Thank you to all of the Management Committee members for their tireless work, commitment, time and positive direction over the past twelve months without it the Men’s Resource Centre would not be successful.
Grant Westthorp is the Manager of the Men’s Resource Centre and Bruce Beamish is the Community Educator. For 3 months over the past year Andy Davis volunteered his time, knowledge and effort.
The MRC Act Belong Commit Australia Day Fun Run was successful. The MRC thanks Healthway, Act Belong Commit and Radio West/HOTFM. The Australia Day Fun Run was organised by Grant and Bruce and fully supported by the Executive Committee on the day, special thanks goes to Jon for his highly entertaining MC act. This event continues to grow in stature; it is a great showcase for the MRC, attracts good fields each year and spreads the “be active” message to community members.
This year’s Men’s Health Week was a resounding success, Rory Callaghan was appointed Ambassador for his fund raising effort early in the year. The positive theme for the week was “Up the Creek with a Paddle” reminding men to seek help early if symptoms arise rather than finding themselves “Up the Creek without a Paddle”. Over 50 participants enjoyed a paddle on Princess Royal Harbour to celebrate the week’s activities.
The Men’s Resource Centre collaborated with Anglicare to deliver the Good Country Living Program into 5 High Schools in Albany and Denmark for Year 10 to 12 students. MRC staff gave talks to approximately 400 students about career choices, wellbeing and the good and the bad about leaving home for the first time. As part of the same program talks were delivered to 75 community members in both locations about the services offered by the Men’s Resource Centre.
The MRC has continued to encourage strong network ties with Men’s Health & Wellbeing WA, Albany Youth Support Association, OzHelp, Regional Counselling and Mentoring Services, Palmerston Association, WA Country Health Service, Relationships Australia, Prostate Support Group Albany, Headspace, Amity Health and is a Community Partner with Act Belong Commit.
In summary, the MRC continues to make a significant difference in men’s and the community’s health in the Great Southern Health District, we are actively promoting preventative health into all sectors of the community, touching many life’s and successfully delivering positive outcomes.
Finally I would like to thank the West Australian Country Health Service, our corporate sponsors TFS & Mount Romance, De Jonge Mechanical Repairs, Telstra Business Centre and National Lifestyle Villages as well as Healthway and Act Belong Commit for their continued support and financial contribution. Without this support the MRC would not exist.