New men’s group to launch in Haverhill

Age UK Suffolk's community involvement liaison officer, Gavin Hodge, is launching a Men's Social Club on Feb 8''PIctured: Wendy Jackson (Catering manager at The Haven Cafe) and Gavin Hodge ANL-150120-151224009
Age UK Suffolk's community involvement liaison officer, Gavin Hodge, is launching a Men's Social Club on Feb 8''PIctured: Wendy Jackson (Catering manager at The Haven Cafe) and Gavin Hodge ANL-150120-151224009

A new club just for men is being launched in Haverhill by Age UK Suffolk in just two weeks time.

Set up with the purpose of combating isolation and loneliness, The Men’s Social Club will hold it’s inaugural meeting from 10am on Friday, February 6 in the Haven Café at The Burton Centre.

Age UK Suffolk has successfully been running a men’s club - 4EverYoung -in Claydon, near Ipswich for two years.

It has talks and outings and took part in a Photography & Reminiscence project with the help of Suffolk ArtLink which resulted in the publication of a booklet showing the men’s photographs and some of their reminiscences.

Age UK’s Suffolk’s community involvement liaison officer, Gavin Hodge, hopes the success of 4EverYoung can be emulated in Haverhill.

He said: “It would be great to get something like this going in Haverhill.

“The Men’s Social Club is being launched with the full approval of St Nicholas Hospice Care which manages the Burton Centre and is different the Men’s Group which the Hospice itself runs once a week for clients with a terminal diagnosis.”

The club is being promoted in the adjacent library, the Haven Café and the nearly Christmas Maltings doctor’s practice.

Mr Hodge explained more about the club, saying: “Lest any women feel put out at the prospect of a Men’s social club, the thinking behind it is that women are generally much better at getting together and talking together at groups such as the WI.

“They have no trouble discussing such issues as health and wellbeing.

“Men are different. They usually find it harder to discuss such issues, but get them together in a group and you have a much better chance.”

For more information on the club call Gavin Hodge on 01284 757755 or email gavin.hodge@ageuksuffolk.