Community Engagement. On the Ground Activation. Public Networking.
Whatever you call it, sharing The Men’s Table story on a personal level among a crowd is key to driving word of mouth buzz.
They also provide us the opportunity to build relationships with community groups who can provide local knowledge and connections, links to other men’s groups, and referrals to men who are seeking the activities we offer.
It’s also common for a community group member we approach to decide to sign up for a Table himself!
In October, men from our Tables joined three such events.
“Tackling the Challenge” was a photo-story exhibit in-line with South Western Sydney Health Service and Western Sydney University’s research and awareness building project on resilience in men.
The event, organised by the Liverpool City Council, the South Sydney Local Health District and the Miller Community Hub, had a festival feel with live music, a BBQ, and a 1-hour program featuring guest speakers sharing their “tackling the challenge story”, with a Man from a Table being one of them.
On the same day, another event relating to Mental Health Awareness Month was held at the Warwick Farm Community Hub, organised by Mission Australia, for the residents of the area’s public housing estates, the majority of them men living alone.
The Men’s Table also spent a day with the the people of Leichardt at the Norton Street Italian Festa , which possibly might be the biggest street festival in Australia.
In all 3 events, men from Tables distributed flyers, met with community leaders interested in general health and wellness as well as men’s groups spaces and most valuably, shared their personal stories about the role of The Men’s Table in their lives to people in the community.
Acknowledging the Men from Tables who shared their time, energy and stories at these events : Ramesh Rao, Jack Hawkes, Merv DaCunha, Robert Poynting, Jim Raptis, Anthony Sarkis, Mungo McGall, John Jackson, Eric Balinghasay, Michael Lofaro, David Pointon.
If you want to invite The Men’s Table to Community Events and Activities so we can further spread the word about what The Men’s Table is all about, let us know.