Our Concept Note has been successful and partners are now working hard on completing the full application form for submission later in the year.
Background to Step by Step (SBS, previously known as IMPROV):
This project aims to improve men’s mental wellbeing and physical health and increase their employment opportunities. It is part of the Interreg VA 2Seas programme and is intended to run from 2017 – 2021.
It will use the model of Men’s Sheds to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of men, delivering health and wellbeing services in a supportive community environment. It will also pilot a Health Champions training programme, upskilling volunteers and creating a sustainable model that will continue beyond the lifetime of the project. It will include a cross-border virtual shed and, following a full evaluation, hopefully roll out the methodology across the broader European area.
The Health and Europe Centre is the Lead Partner with partners from France (Wattrelos association of community centres, Jean Ferrat Arques community centre, ADICE), the Netherlands (De Mussen community centre), Belgium (Karel de Grote University, Bolwerk) and the UK (KCC, Hampshire County Council, Wellbeing People).
There are also three observer partners – the Department of Work and Pensions, Southampton City Council and the UK Men’s Shed Association.