Men Walking and Talking
21 Sep 2021
by Cathy Block

We spoke to secondary-school teacher, father of one, Daniel Reid about his progressive new walking group, Men Walking and Talking which encourages men to get together and just have a chat. This is what he said...

So I set up Men Walking and Talking about 5 months ago after I had been struggling with my mental health. During this time the more conversations I had with men I realized that they felt that they did not really have an outlet.

For that reason, I wanted to create a group that was a safe space for men to open up about their struggles but without any pressure put on them to do so.

Over the past few months, the group has grown to the extent that we have one running in Shrewsbury and another running in Shawbirch (near Telford), where I'm based. We meet once a week at both locations.

We usually walk for about an hour around the town. Due to the varying ages we have, I tend to make it no longer than that.

The group's vary in size week to week but recently we have had around 15 each week at the Shrewsbury group.

Finding things to talk about has never really been an issue in the groups. I think when you give blokes a space that is open and non-judgemental it is a massive relief that they no longer have to bring the bravado that society sometimes expects of men.

We have guys in the groups from all walks of life and all ages. Guys who are retired, veterans and also students.

Some of the guys know each other as they come along together but the majority are strangers. At the start of each walk, I just talk to everyone about how no one is here to judge and we're here to support each other.

Men Walking and Talking at Haughmond

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