Celebrating International Men’s Day in Slough
International Men’s Day celebrates the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities. Founded in 1999, the organisation fosters positive role models and raises awareness of men’s well-being by encouraging them to talk. The day coincides with ‘Movember’, which involves men growing facial hair to promote conversations about men’s mental health, suicide prevention and prostate cancer.
The theme for this year’s day was ‘Making a difference for Men & Boys’, including giving boy’s positive male role models.
Osborne Property Services went along to Westgate School with Mapis and ADL Connexions to host an interactive workshop on “Life after School”. All three organisations started the event by giving a brief overview of their career journeys and then asked students to think about what they want to do once they left school.
Various ideas were suggested with some lively conversation such as starting a new business, finding employment in the local area or going onto further education. Anita Herbert, founder of ADL Connexions ran a session on ‘Developing and utilising skills through volunteering’.
Mapis, who specialise in training courses to help people overcome barriers and increase their social mobility got the students to take part in some personality testing and looked at what behaviours are best practise for the workplace.
There were over 50 students in attendance and all went away with increased knowledge of what options were available after they left school, and inspiration of what they could achieve.
Year 13 student George said: “It was really good to have an all-male event targeted around preparation for work; I enjoyed meeting the visitors and learning about their jobs and careers so far”
Karen Green, Careers leader at Westgate School commented: “We appreciated the time and effort that Osborne, Mapis and ADL Connexions gave to our students and we were impressed to hear about how to overcome barriers to choices in life and much more”.