Group helping men with mental health appeal for help to set up Stoke hub

Craig Spillane set up the Men Unite Facebook page, but now wants to give somewhere for men to go

A DIY SOS style event is planned to support the development of a men's mental health hub in Stoke.

It will build on the success of the Men Unite Facebook page, which was started by Craig Spillane from Newcastle.

He wanted men to have somewhere they could talk, after seeing friends suffering with issues like depression, and previously struggling with drug addiction himself. 

It has more than 10,000 members from around the world, and the group of administrators overseeing the page say they have had messages from members telling them that the group has helped them - and in some cases it has saved their lives.

Now, those behind the page have registered Men Unite as a community interest company, and opening a centre that men can go to.

The groups headquarters will be based on Kingsway. 

Craig, who won the Make A Difference Award at Signal's Local Hero Awards earlier this month, said: "It is going to be a hub, particularly for the men of Stoke-on-Trent, where they can come and a get a coffee and professional help - should they need it.

"We have professional counsellors and therapists coming on board with us.

"Whether they need help with their CV or looking for a job, we have companies on board who have given us a training package so we can give men a qualification.

"We are thinking of opening a charity shop there.

"We have also talked about perhaps opening one of the rooms as a homeless shelter."

To get it ready, they are going to hold a DIY SOS style day on 15th November, and are asking businesses to help kit it out, and tradespeople to give their time to help with the project.

Craig said: "We are going to try and get as many people as we can to come down to help out.

"We want tradespeople to jump on board and give us a hand. I am an electrician so hopefully I can free up some of my time to do the electrics.

"We have a company called Phoenix Gas who have kindly donated £2,000 to us as a community grant, so hopefully we can use that to get the heating up and running.

"If you want to help, then drop us an email.

"Help us out any way we can, the building needs a lick of paint, it needs some doors and it needs carpets."

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