The Men’s Resource Centre (Inc) is a not-for-profit, community organisation focused on raising awareness of men’s physical, mental, and social wellbeing.

The MRC was formed in Albany in 2003 by Len Wilkinson and Geoff Bales and will service anywhere in Western Australia that needs our help.

The MRC Albany CBD office offers 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, free swags and toilet bags are issued to homeless men to ease their current status.


As an organisation we have five key objectives:

  1. Proactively promoting and facilitating the prevention of disease, both physical and mental in males by delivering services aimed at self-responsibility.

  2. Raising the awareness of male’s health and wellbeing issues in a holistic sense, covering physical, mental emotional, social and spiritual components.

  3. To provide effective advocacy for males on a local, regional and national level.

  4. Facilitating the delivery of services aimed at motivating and assisting males in their roles as fathers, to achieve family stability.

  5. Participating in research initiatives and alliances with health professionals for a better health outcome for males.


Our Staff

 

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Grant Westthorp

GRANT WESTTHORP - Chief Executive Officer

In May 2008 Grant was involved in a near fatal mountain bike accident. Grant decided to give back to the community and joined the MRC in 2008. Grant is passionate about getting men to accept the preventative health message and to at least live as long as their partners. Grant is dedicated to securing the best physical, mental and social health and wellbeing outcomes for males.

Grant has been on the board of the Australian Men's Health Forum since 2014 and is currently the Treasurer.


Our Executive Committee

Executive Committee members consists of a committed group of volunteers who come from a variety of backgrounds.

We are health professionals, professionals from government agencies, business leaders, and industry and community members.

The MRC is always looking for talented individuals that have the capacity to volunteer their time and resources to our cause.


Barry Webster Executive Committee Member  Retired farmer from Tambellup age 62 hobbies include riding Harleys and restoration old motorcycle and Holden car. Passionate about giving back to community and the region.

Barry Webster Executive Committee Member

Retired farmer from Tambellup age 62 hobbies include riding Harleys and restoration old motorcycle and Holden car. Passionate about giving back to community and the region.

Ian Pitman Secretary  My working life was divided between the Northern Territory, for 26 years, and Western Australia, where I have lived and worked since 1985. In the NT I spent many years working in Aboriginal communities in remote areas, and in WA I worked in the health sector, in both government and non-government organisations.  I am a graduate of the University of Queensland and Murdoch University, but my degrees were gained out of my personal interests rather than being career-oriented.  I am now retired, married with two children and two grandchildren. My wife and I moved to the south coast 14 years ago, first to Denmark and then (after 5 years) to Albany. I have been and continue to be involved in community organisations. I am a volunteer with the local Foodbank, and my interest in men’s health lead me directly to the MRC.

Ian Pitman Secretary

My working life was divided between the Northern Territory, for 26 years, and Western Australia, where I have lived and worked since 1985. In the NT I spent many years working in Aboriginal communities in remote areas, and in WA I worked in the health sector, in both government and non-government organisations.

I am a graduate of the University of Queensland and Murdoch University, but my degrees were gained out of my personal interests rather than being career-oriented.

I am now retired, married with two children and two grandchildren. My wife and I moved to the south coast 14 years ago, first to Denmark and then (after 5 years) to Albany. I have been and continue to be involved in community organisations. I am a volunteer with the local Foodbank, and my interest in men’s health lead me directly to the MRC.

Julie Yusop Treasurer   I have worked extensively within the human services sector, particularly within management positions in Not for Profit organisations, and believe NFP organisations are the backbone of any community. I am committed to supporting a flourishing community sector.  I have had firsthand experience of the great work undertaken by MRC in mentoring disadvantaged young males and the positive results that they achieved. The work MRC has undertaken demonstrates they are well placed to address the life issues experienced by young men in our community. I am more than pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to the success of MRC through committee membership.

Julie Yusop Treasurer

I have worked extensively within the human services sector, particularly within management positions in Not for Profit organisations, and believe NFP organisations are the backbone of any community. I am committed to supporting a flourishing community sector.

I have had firsthand experience of the great work undertaken by MRC in mentoring disadvantaged young males and the positive results that they achieved. The work MRC has undertaken demonstrates they are well placed to address the life issues experienced by young men in our community. I am more than pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to the success of MRC through committee membership.

Neil Worrell Executive Committee Member  I have a common interest of Men’s Health for myself and my friends and the information that Grant and “Wellman” MRC presents. Having attended a few Men’s Resource Centre events and knowing Grant, I was asked to contribute assistance with delivering events. I participate in a number of activities: being Active, Belonging and Committing to activities fits with the Men’s Resource mantra. Being part of MRC I can extend the reach into my activity groups and associated people. This enables tentacles of access to reach into the community through associated members. At the same time community can find their way to MRC. It’s symbiotic.  Being able to refer people who may find life difficult to MRC and Grant's mentoring is a benefit, otherwise connecting with MRC can facilitate access to help.

Neil Worrell Executive Committee Member

I have a common interest of Men’s Health for myself and my friends and the information that Grant and “Wellman” MRC presents. Having attended a few Men’s Resource Centre events and knowing Grant, I was asked to contribute assistance with delivering events. I participate in a number of activities: being Active, Belonging and Committing to activities fits with the Men’s Resource mantra. Being part of MRC I can extend the reach into my activity groups and associated people. This enables tentacles of access to reach into the community through associated members. At the same time community can find their way to MRC. It’s symbiotic.

Being able to refer people who may find life difficult to MRC and Grant's mentoring is a benefit, otherwise connecting with MRC can facilitate access to help.

Geoffrey Fairclough - Chairman   Geoffrey grew up in Sydney, NSW, arriving in Perth, WA in 1973. He moved to Albany in 2012, with his Partner Linda, where he worked as a Land Valuer for the WA Government, until early 2016. Previous occupations include Accountant, Taxi Driver in Kings Cross, TAFE Lecturer, Census Collector, and Real Estate agent. Semi retired now, he enjoys Ballroom Dancing, Choral Singing, Bridge, Reading and Gardening.  Part time work for Amaroo Retirement Village, Painted Lady Bed and Breakfast as well as Honorary Secretary of the Albany City Dance Club, keeps him in contact with the Community. Having been interested and involved in men’s Issues for many years, it is a pleasure to become involved with The Men’s Resource Centre in Albany

Geoffrey Fairclough - Chairman

Geoffrey grew up in Sydney, NSW, arriving in Perth, WA in 1973. He moved to Albany in 2012, with his Partner Linda, where he worked as a Land Valuer for the WA Government, until early 2016.
Previous occupations include Accountant, Taxi Driver in Kings Cross, TAFE Lecturer,
Census Collector, and Real Estate agent. Semi retired now, he enjoys Ballroom Dancing, Choral Singing, Bridge, Reading and Gardening.

Part time work for Amaroo Retirement Village, Painted Lady Bed and Breakfast as well as
Honorary Secretary of the Albany City Dance Club, keeps him in contact with the Community.
Having been interested and involved in men’s Issues for many years, it is a pleasure to become involved with The Men’s Resource Centre in Albany

Geoff Tite Vice Chairman  Originally from the UK, I moved to Perth with my family in 1993 after 3 years teaching in Brunei. I have a diverse background in education and training spanning over 40 years which includes teaching in schools, colleges of further education and universities, primarily involved in vocational education. I have also worked in the fields of apprenticeship and traineeship development, employment and career enhancement and community education.  We moved to Albany in 2005 where I initially had contact with the Men’s Resource Centre while employed at Worklink. I have maintained this link and been voluntarily involved in a number of projects, so I was pleased to be invited onto the board and maintain an active involvement. This aligns perfectly with my intention to keep fit and healthy in mind and body during ‘retirement’ and help others to do the same.

Geoff Tite Vice Chairman

Originally from the UK, I moved to Perth with my family in 1993 after 3 years teaching in Brunei. I have a diverse background in education and training spanning over 40 years which includes teaching in schools, colleges of further education and universities, primarily involved in vocational education. I have also worked in the fields of apprenticeship and traineeship development, employment and career enhancement and community education.

We moved to Albany in 2005 where I initially had contact with the Men’s Resource Centre while employed at Worklink. I have maintained this link and been voluntarily involved in a number of projects, so I was pleased to be invited onto the board and maintain an active involvement. This aligns perfectly with my intention to keep fit and healthy in mind and body during ‘retirement’ and help others to do the same.

Kate Thomas Executive Committee Member   I have lived on the Amazing South Coast for the last 32 years and married since 1974 to Neil. We are blessed with two wonderful sons making their way in this wide world and became a Grandmother in 2018.  I pursued a career in nursing in Denmark and Albany for all that time until retiring in 2018.  In 2011 I became a registered celebrant and have celebrated the joyous and the saddest moments with over 1000 families. I value community and volunteer at AEC, and have been aware of the role the Men’s Resource Centre plays in our Community since it began. It is an honour to serve on the board.  Yesterday is history. Tomorrow a mystery. Today is the present and indeed a GIFT.

Kate Thomas Executive Committee Member

I have lived on the Amazing South Coast for the last 32 years and married since 1974 to Neil. We are blessed with two wonderful sons making their way in this wide world and became a Grandmother in 2018.

I pursued a career in nursing in Denmark and Albany for all that time until retiring in 2018.

In 2011 I became a registered celebrant and have celebrated the joyous and the saddest moments with over 1000 families. I value community and volunteer at AEC, and have been aware of the role the Men’s Resource Centre plays in our Community since it began. It is an honour to serve on the board.

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow a mystery. Today is the present and indeed a GIFT.