June 7, 2017
Thank you to the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation’s Sons of the West for writing this guest post on their men’s health program.
What is the Sons of the West?
The Sons of the West is a free men’s health initiative aimed at addressing common health concerns of men living or working in Victoria’s west. This is its fourth year running.
Since 2014, Sons of the West has expanded to 17 sites, reaching over 4000 men. This Premiership Season, two more regional locations have been added in Maryborough and Smythesdale.
By using sport as an engagement tool, Sons of the West has been able to attract, up-skill and empower a vulnerable cohort of men across Victoria’s metropolitan and regional west.
Over three years, Sons of the West has empowered participants to take a proactive approach to their health and wellbeing. The aim is to provide participants with the necessary knowledge, skills and support to eventually make their own positive behavioural and lifestyle changes.
What happens at Sons of the West?
Guest speakers from various local councils, primary health care organisations and community centres place a strong focus upon mental health, physical health and social inclusion throughout each 10-week program.
As well as targeting these health issues, Sons of the West connects local health care providers to participants to ensure that all men have further access to the appropriate health care resources, following their participation in the program.
Western Bulldogs Community Foundation General Manager, Kashif Bouns explained that Sons of the West has allowed thousands of men living in Western Victoria to reach their full potential and achieve a level of health that they never thought was possible.
“It’s amazing to see the effect on each individual participant at the end of year graduation. Hearing personal stories from participants reminds us of the importance of our program and motivates us to further grow, as we have since 2014.
The Western Bulldogs Community Foundation pride ourselves on the success of Sons of the West and look forward to what we can achieve together in 2017”.
How can I get Involved?
To get involved, simply turn up to any of the locations at the prescribed times. No pre-registration is required.
To get a feel for the program, watch the Man to Man – the Sons of the West documentary trailer here.
For full program schedules and locations, please visit sonsofthewest.org.au
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