Tender for Carlow Men's Shed Initiative

{jcomments off}Carlow Men's Health Project (CMHP) works to support vulnerable men in Carlow town and county to achieve optimum health and well being via a health promotion approach.  CMHP now wishes to establish a 'Men’s Shed' in Carlow town - in keeping with the Men’s Shed movement nationally (see  To achieve this goal, CMHP is issuing an invitation to tender for a coordinator for this initiative.  The tender will be awarded in May 2011, and it is envisaged that the successful applicant will carry out the work over a minimum of 2 days per week until 31st December 2011.  All tenders must be submitted, in writing, by 5.00pm on Friday 6th May 2011.  For more details click here (PDF file).

'It's No Joke' Poster for Men’s Health Week 2011

{jcomments off}Even if you don’t do anything else to support Men’s Health Week (MHW) this year, you can at least put up a poster to let everyone know when it’s taking place!  To highlight MHW 2011, local comedians Joe Rooney (Father Ted and Killinaskully) and Paul Tylak (Stew and Messers Tylak and Rooney) are starring in an Ireland-wide poster campaign to raise awareness of the week.  The message for men is very simple: “These are challenging times.  It’s no joke.  Let’s talk”.  The posters are available in hard copy (A3 size) and as electronic files (A4 size).  Details are available at:  To add an extra element of creativity, the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI) will soon be inviting organisations and individuals to put on their thinking caps, and come up with captions for a special version of the poster.  This will seek to highlight some of the issues that men are facing at the minute.  More details will appear on the MHFI website soon.

New Men’s Health Week Logo and Image Pack

{jcomments off}Men’s Health Week (MHW) will look very different this year.  For the first time in Ireland, there will be a common logo and an image pack which can be used, for free, by everyone who wishes to raise awareness of the week.  These are important promotional tools - as one of the key aims this year is to let as many people as possible know about the week.  The logo is available in a range of sizes and formats, there is a selection of web banners on offer, and there’s even a “We Support Men’s Health Week” image - for groups and individuals who want to be seen to be ‘doing their bit’!  Details of all of these can be found online at:

Lonely Facebook Page Seeks Fans!

{jcomments off}To keep everyone up-to-date with the latest news on Men’s Health Week (MHW) 2011, the island-wide Planning Group for MHW has created a new Facebook page.  You can access this at:   However, as all social networkers know, a page such as this is no use unless it has a lot of Fans - that’s where your help is needed!  Visit the page, click on the ‘LIKE’ button, and send the link to all your friends.

Tell others about your Men’s Health Week Event

{jcomments off}The Men's Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI) has created a section on this website to promote the details of any activities or events that will be held throughout Ireland during Men’s Health Week 2011.  This will help everyone to find out what is happening during the week, where it will take place, and how to join in.  It will also give some recognition and publicity to all those groups across Ireland that are doing something for and with men.  Your activity might be health checks, or a conference, or a launch, or a game, or a seminar, or a competition, or a workshop, or a lunch, or a course, or a drama, or a display, or a health fair ...  Whatever it is, if you would like to have the details included on this website, please complete our registration form and return it by email to MHFI as soon as possible.

Weigh to Men’s Health

{jcomments off}‘Weigh to Men’s Health’ is a workshop hosted by the All-island Obesity Action Forum supported by Safefood and the Ulster Cancer Foundation.  It will take place on Wednesday 8th June 2011, in the Stormont Hotel, Belfast, from 10.00am - 2.00pm.  The workshop will highlight that excess weight is a men’s health issue that needs to be recognised by men.  Presentations will discuss best practice in how to target men, and will provide examples of relevant projects on the island of Ireland and further afield.  The event will showcase the Ulster Cancer Foundation’s ‘ManAlive’ project - which is bringing life saving messages and health checks to men in the Southern Trust area of Northern Ireland.  The event will also facilitate networking and the sharing of information.  You can register online at:

Working with Young Fathers Training Course

{jcomments off}Applications are invited for a two day training course on working with young fathers.  This training will take place on the 17th and 18th May 2011 in the Regional Education Centre, St. Brigid’s Complex, Ardee, Co. Louth.  It is being organised by the Teen Parents Support Programme (TPSP) and the Men’s Health Unit within the Health Service Executive Dublin / North East.  There is no charge for this training, and it is open to both men and women from across the island of Ireland.  All participants will receive a copy of the “Father Focus” Training Pack.  The closing date for applications is Friday 29th April 2011.  Telephone: 041 9875273 for more details.

Action Man Survey

{jcomments off}‘Action Man’ is one of a number of health promotion campaigns carried out by Action Cancer.  It takes place in June, and tries to raise awareness and understanding of male specific cancers, such as testicular and prostate cancer.  The campaign urges men to 'Get a Grip', be more proactive about their health, and to avail of Action Cancer’s ‘Men's MOT’ health check service.  The purpose of this survey is to measure awareness, knowledge and attitudes towards male cancers and general health among men in Northern Ireland.  Men aged 18 years old and over are asked to take part.  To measure men’s knowledge and attitudes, there is a short questionnaire.  To take part, you simply need to visit: (before Sunday 8th May 2011) and complete the confidential survey.  It will take approximately five minutes, and will provide important information to help shape future Action Man health promotion campaigns.  If you would like to discuss this further, or have any queries about the survey, please contact Louise McGovern on Tel: 02890 803361.