Hello, my name is Greg and I am leader of the Telford Walk alongside Andrew. I first found MWAT in October 2021. On the first walk I found it really helpful that someone listened. In April 2022 I lead my first walk. After being saved by the NHS in Mid 2014. This allowed me to see that humanity and people make the difference. Following my own battles with Mental Health. I know how much listening, caring, and allow men to have a space where is no judgement is vital for our community and myself.
Interests: I love music all different genres, I am big sports fan, and I support people in my community.
What do you get out of it? I am proud to know that I am helping break the stigma around mens mental health. Reducing suicide risks. Helping people with conversation finding friends in my community. When I was asked to do the walk on my own I was in tears as it’s something I enjoy greatly. Just want to make myself and my family proud.
Hello, my name is Andrew and alongside my colleague, Greg Ward, we co-Lead the Telford walk on Friday evenings.
I had seen Men Walking and Talking on Facebook and followed its progress but I didn’t have the courage and conviction to join a session until I had a lightbulb moment that I was not going to feel any better without talking to someone / anyone / like minded men who weren’t going to shout or judge.
I felt at ease speaking about some of my issues/problems/worries/intrusive thoughts that had impacted my Mental Health/my everyday life/my sleep patterns. Men listened to me and offered suggestions and help. I was no longer alone. Some men may have / had bigger problems but your fears and feelings are valid, they are valid to you. Over time I was encouraged to become a regular attendee which was then followed by becoming Deputy and then Co-Leader.
Interests: Promote self-care/being kind to yourself and others. Reading and watching programmes on physical and mental health. Competitions / quizzes / journaling / scrapbooking / collaging. Watching football and wrestling. DDPYogee.
What do I get out of it? Loads. Chance to be me, chance to become a leader and gain self-respect, focus and purpose, growth, development which felt lost in previous times especially during the bleak times before and since the pandemic. I share best practices and like learning from others. Meeting new people (Leaders / attendees of other Groups) like minded volunteers. Being able to pay back and pay forward with the Charitable contributions we do. Being part of a group for good times and bad, lifting men up, rather than kicking them when they are down. Giving men hope / a voice / a chance to be better and make a difference, that they matter and do contribute and are worthy. Chance to be creative in how you get attention to/fundraising for the Group.