There's no 'fixing allowed - just support, a safe environment and a sense of belonging at Men's Table.
The first Men's Table (MT1) began in 2011 with 12 men who have met once a month for dinner and ever since. It is now growing to become a national charity.
A new Men's Table is on its way to Milton and the first Men's Table entrée night will be held on Tuesday, June 15 at Coast Cafe (private room)
The entree event is an information night where men can find out if The Men's Table is for them.
Organiser Michael Collins said the Men's Table creates a unique, safe environment for men to share openly about their lives, their challenges, their highs and lows. Over dinner once a month, it creates a sense of belonging, community, peer support and camaraderie that is lacking for many men, even for some who already have a group of mates.
After a brief check in at 7pm, Michael said men are invited to share what's happening in their lives, but only if they feel ready.
"Confidentiality is important and it is up to a man if he shares that evening.
"As men share they are listened to and accepted, questions are generally not asked, unless the man would like input at the end. 'Fixing' of other men after they've shared about their lives is actively discouraged, even though most men want to jump in and offer advice."
Find out more on The Men's Table website
Once you've been to the Entree', Michael said you'll be clearer about whether you'd like to be part of starting a new local Table, and the Men's Table organisation can help you with the relevant next steps.
The Men's Table is a registered charity. There is no membership fee to be part of a Table; it's a grass roots activity driven by men in the local community
If you're interested in being a part of The Men's Table but can't make this date and would like to be kept abreast of future gatherings, email firstname.lastname@example.org.