With help from  Alt Valley Community Trust’s Enterprise Hub Programme ‘Smarter Business Starter’, The Reach Men’s Centre was launched in 2017. 

Having recognised that there was a lack of support in the local area for men who have mental health issues, their aim is to improve the well being of men living in the Merseyside area. Based in South Sefton, they provide a range of services to improve the well-being of men in the area, such as a drop-in social group where men can meet with others, play indoor games, and partake in group social activities. This reduces isolation, anxiety and depression. They can also learn how to improve their physical wellbeing by speaking with a visiting advisor from the local health centre who regularly calls in.  They also offer one-to-one support through their person centered counselling service.
The Reach Men’s Centre has recently been awarded £10,000 by the Big Lottery Awards for All for their Step Up project.

Sandra Bell, managing director of The Reach, said:
“This award will enable us to fund the Drop-In group for the next 12 months, as well as allowing us to make our counseling service affordable to those wishing to access the service that otherwise would not be able to afford it.
We would like to thank Alt Valley for all their help with launching The Reach Men’s Centre, especially John and Alan for their guidance and encouragement.”

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