Network Group Partners With Mental Health Charity Andy’s Man Club To Remove Stigma In Tech Community – PCR
Last month, Network Group hosted its exhibition, gala and awards. The charity partner chosen for the event was, Andy’s Men’s Club, a mental health charity offering free nationwide discussion groups for men going through an emotionally turbulent time.
Andy’s Man Club was created by former Leeds Rhinos player Luke Ambler in 2016 in memory of his brother-in-law, Andy Roberts, who committed suicide at the age of 23. In an attempt to try to prevent other families from leaving following a similar trauma, Luke started a group in Halifax that has rapidly grown to some 69 groups across the country today. The sessions are held weekly and encourage the men to talk to each other about any issues they are facing.
The charity was introduced to Network Group by Leon McQuade of the member company Think Cloud. As a director of Andy’s Man Club, he said: “I am determined to help break the stigma associated with mental health. These stigmas – weakness, burden and embarrassment – are what keep men from speaking out. Through my work with Andy’s Man Club, we help men know that#ITSOKAYTOTALK. “
We were also joined by Paul Longley, a volunteer as the main animator of the Hull club, who said “The gala was amazing; the support that I and Andy’s Man Club received was fantastic. The money raised and the awareness created simply save lives. Speaking to the Network Group family confirmed how their business community wishes to support mental health. Being able to share AMC’s story on such a stage was humbling and so rewarding; thank you very much for the opportunity and for choosing Andy’s Man Club to be your chosen charity. “
With the IT industry still predominantly male dominated, we felt Andy’s Man Club was a particularly relevant charity this year, with many struggling with multiple blockages, lack of interaction, and changes in all. aspects of life. To help show our support and raise much-needed funds for the charity, we started the evening with our traditional game of “tosses and tails,” followed by our raffle and auction which raised a prize. total of £ 7,870 for Andy’s Man Club. We would like to warmly thank our supplier partners and members who donated prizes and to all those who bid during the evening. Your enormous generosity will provide truly life-saving services for Andy’s Man Club. Many thanks to ConnectWise, Datto, Epson, Mi-Crow, MJD Systems, Pax8, Terra and Urban Network for the prizes which included driving experiences, Lewis Hamilton signed goods and a trip to Abu Dhabi.
Perry Ashby, Chairman of the Network Group, said: “It’s incredibly hard not to be inspired by the work Andy’s Man Club has done across the UK. Seeing the positive impact they have on the lives of so many people is very moving; I am incredibly proud that Network Group is helping to spread this important message in the industry in which we operate and to fight the stigma of mental health.”.
This most recent partnership is one in a series of Network Group initiatives over the past 12 months that contribute to our ongoing efforts around mental health, designed to help support the well-being of our membership community.
At the end of last year, Network Group announced Angry coffee as a charity partner for our November member event. Frazzled Cafe provides a safe and confidential space where people who are feeling exhausted can meet to talk and share their personal stories.
Earlier this year, a new member benefit was announced, teaming up with Wake up with zest, an online wellness center that offers 24/7 access to a host of articles, videos and podcasts on a variety of topics designed to improve well-being at work. The focus is on the four pillars of vitality – sleep better, eat healthier, be fit and be resilient – which are fundamental to well-being.
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