The brainchild of Jim Malcolmson
The idea of improving the health and well-being of men in Scotland hatched while he was living abroad in Australia where he worked with a range of male health projects.
Jim came back to Scotland for family reasons and after a few months’ discussions had started between him and a mate about the gap in services for men and this led to Jim establishing MENSELF + as a social enterprise using a programme called “PIT STOP” which he brought back from Australia.
After consulting with over 150men the name was quickly re-named MOT 4 MEN and in the coming years it has been developed significantly and has recorded over 4,000 participants in Scotland.
Success with this programme enabled MENSELF +’s development and they now operate from the East End of GLASGOW, Jim’s birthplace, and now in 2023, after global crisis after crisis, MENSELF + has now transitioned into a Charity where they now deliver a wide range of male orientated support services including Men’s Groups, Ladies Groups. Health Walk, 5-A-Side football, Yoga, Online Bingo and Chat sessions, Community Gardening and other activities and services that directly challenge isolation, loneliness, cost of living related issues as well as resulting physical and mental health concerns. We have certainly come a long way since our inception in 2015 and we fully promote and practice community involvement at all levels within our organisation.
MENSELF + travel all over Scotland and will consider any event.
Jim and his team are reaching out to all men in Scotland and will consider any event where men are present!
I think that it’s important that, as guys get older they take more care of themselves.
Mince and potatoes.
Walking and Football.
Exercise or watching football on TV.
You’ll never walk alone.
My father passed away really young from lung cancer and I didn’t want to follow the same path as he did regarding his addictions to smoking and drinking alcohol that’s why I have always been interested in looking after my own health and well-being.
Homemade spaghetti Bolognese.
Golf and Football.
A round of golf with my mates.
Handbags and Gladrags by Stereophonics.
Men have a tendency to pay less attention to heir own health whether it be mental or physical. I think that its important that there is people and organisations out there that can hep men to open up a bit more and in a way get rid of the stigma towards men not to be able to show emotions or to get themselves checked out.
Steak with all the trimmings or Spanish Tapas.
Walking especially along long beaches.
In my garden with a glass of wine with a fire lit and a blanket round me.
Don’t actually have one to be honest I love all music but probably anything by Oasis.
Hocus Pocus or Hotel Rwanda.
My dad would never go to the doctors and I believe a lot of other men have similar attitudes towards their health and I don’t want this to be the same for my husband or son. Being involved with MENSELF + enables me to contribute to raising awareness of the importance of men taking a genuine interest in their health as it does not only affect them.
Roast lamb with all the trimmings.
Read a book.
Amy Winehouse – Valerie or back to black.
Silence of the lambs.
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