January News

Men who Care

Men who Care is a series of film portraits showing positive male role models. The latest film subject is Dr Jay Stewart, CEO of Gendered Intelligence, the leading transgender organisation in the UK. 

As a trans man he talks about coming to terms with realising he was trans and how he found peace with his new identity. He also talks about his work, his partner and twin daughters.

We have made three films which will be released in due course. Jay has such a positive attitude towards the trans community and works tirelessly to promote gender equality for all.

Meeting Jay for our film project was a delight. He is a thoughtful, kind and caring man who was happy to share some of his journey and insights with us to help us make these films.

Click here to see the first of Jay’s films, which are well worth a watch.

Dr. Jay Stewart CEO of Gendered Intelligence

Film Project Update

Films are almost near completion at Ralph Allen School and Twerton Community (Tanners Walk).

Film projects are also underway at St Laurence in Bradford on Avon, Elmfield School for Deaf Children in Bristol, Paulton Junior School and Ralph Allen (parents films)  and are about to start at  St Stephens Primary, Welton Primary and Twerton Infants School. There is lots of enthusiasm and interest from staff and students.

We are planning a series of films about transition from 6th Form to University, working with students who are anticipating going to University and students who are currently at University, talking about the ups and downs of university life and helping prepare 6th formers as to what they might realistically expect.

Boys in Mind assembly at St. Stephen's school

Thank you Beechen Cliff School

You may remember from our December  news page that  26 students  from years 10 to 13 at Beechen Cliff School took on the Devon Coast to Coast Cycle challenge, which involves cycling the best part of 100 miles from Ilfracombe to Plymouth. This is an annual challenge undertaken by the school and this year they decided to raise funds for Boys in Mind. They raised an incredible £2,200 , at the same time spreading the word about our work amongst their friends and families.

This lovely film demonstrates their efforts and achievements .

Click here to see film.

Bath Life Awards - Boys in Mind nomination

We are absolutely delighted to have become a finalist in the category ‘Charity of the Year’ at the Bath Life Awards. These awards celebrate the best of charities and businesses in Bath and North East Somerset. We will find out whether we are also winners at a Gala Evening in the Assembly Rooms in February. Although we are up against some stiff competition, we are hoping to do well. We will keep you posted!

Bath Half Marathon update

We were pleased to meet some of our wonderful Bath Half runners before the quiz night and are delighted that fundraising and training are both going well.

We are trying to make the day a great one for the team so are planning on providing branded running vests, flags for supporters and the offer of a soothing massage afterwards from our good friend Cally.

If you want to sponsor any of the runners, please Click Here to go to the Just Giving fundraising page:

Q & A Paul Sheehan

In this month’s Q&A in our Men who Care series, we met Paul Sheehan, Development and Commissioning Manager for Public Health in BANES. He told us about his fascinating role in planning improvements for sexual health services, fighting stigma and racism, reducing inequalities in service provision, and the satisfaction of seeing long term plans having an impact.

Click here to read Paul’s full interview.

New blogs for January

In the first of this months new blogs, Tara Gretton one of our Boys in Mind team and Solution Focused Trainer and Practitioner, invites people to consider the importance and potential impact of kindness, generosity and altruism in our communities. Tara writes,  ‘And the biggest result of giving has to be a more compassionate society.’ ‘Here’s to a more hopeful and positive 2020.’

In our second new blog, Eli talks about the loss of his friend Charlie to suicide , the impact this had on him and his friends and how important it is to talk and be emotionally available . He also talks about how music and dance (as well as Boys in Mind)  have helped him cope with this tragic event.

Click here to see this months blogs

Quiz Night with Boys in Mind

The first Boys in Mind/ Girls Mind Too fund raiser Quiz Night was held at Widcombe Social Club on Sunday 19th January.

It was a hugely popular evening with every table sold and around 100 people attending. Quiz master Richard did a fantastic job – setting a really great, challenging quiz as well as guiding us all through the evening including a hilarious game of Heads and Tails.

Thanks to Kit and Tessa for running the raffle and to Jake and Tom at Widcombe Social Club for all their help and support. We are thrilled to have raised £700 as well as having a really fun night out. Everyone had a great time!

It was so popular we are planning to do it all again in the summer!

Girls Mind Too

 At BIM/GMT one of our key aims is to help boys with their mental health, giving them the support and skills to find and use their voices, to help themselves and each other.

In doing so we are challenging gender stereotypes and addressing situations of social inequality.  

 Some of the team met this month to discuss the Girls Mind Too part of the work we are doing, which often centres on this aspect of BIM/GMT’s work.

 In the coming months we plan to consult with young people to develop and co-ordinate a focus group of girls, boys and trans young people to facilitate conversations and explore themes such as:

  • respectful and intimate relationships
  • what young men and young women need from each other in terms of good/healthy friendships and relationships 
  • how girls and young women can support boys and young men

If you are a young person interested in this area of our work – please do get in touch so that we can include you in the conversation.

 For more about this please see Emma and Maddies’s blog (Click here

Gareth Malone's Choir highlights mental health

The latest edition of Gareth Malone’s Choir programme on BBC Two saw him visit Aylesbury Prison, home to 400 young inmates, aged between and 18 and 21. The programme highlighted that 40% of the inmates suffered from poor mental health and provided a powerful look at ways that the young people can open up and express themselves. The episodes are still available on the iPlayer click here:

The F.A. Cup takes a minute for mental health

The first weekend of January saw kick-off times in all 32 FA Cup 3rd round ties delayed by one minute to encourage football fans to “Take A Minute” to consider their own mental health. The initiative aimed to get the 15 million football fans in England to use Public Health England’s ‘Every Mind Matters’ site to take a quick mental health quiz. You can take the quiz here:


In our first Boys in Mind podcast, four of our Youth Advisors –  Henry, Eli, Gabe and Charlie –  talk about Boys in Mind, why they think it’s important and what led to them getting involved.

Click below to hear the full podcast.

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