Seven November Community Heroes in the Spotlight?

Community Hero in the Spotlight, November 2023

ACTS FAST work with parents of children who have experienced child sexual abuse. Fathers can access Trauma Support and Counselling services, providing emotional support, grounding and stabilisation. These allow Fathers to process their trauma and understand the impact of trauma on their children, wider family and community. For men wishing to know more about ACTS FAST please email

A male client said ‘Thank you for just being there, it was such a relief to talk to someone. I felt so alone with this.’

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Call: 01202 797217

Ara Recovery For All are part of the National Gambling Support Network and provides early help and advice, free and confidential support, counselling, workshops and relapse prevention for anyone suffering gambling-related harms. The service is for both the person engaging in harmful gambling, as well as anyone affected by someone else’s gambling.

Kai from Ara said: ‘The majority of Harmful Gamblers are men. With International Men’s Day being November 19th, we’d love to reach out and continue to support all men suffering from Gambling Related Harms.’

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Call Ara: 03301340 286


BCP Health Walks take place in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole each week. They don’t exclusively support male walkers, but a lot of men walk with them.  Walkers are supported with physical and mental health and general wellbeing as the informal group walks encourage support, friendship and socialising, particularly in the café afterwards.

More information can be found on their flyer here

Website: Health walks (


Call: 01202 817 648


DorPIP Dads’ Group was designed to address the unique challenges and needs of new fathers as there’s a stereotype that fathers and men in general need to be ‘strong’ even when they may be struggling with poor mental health.

DorPIP Dads group is a free online course which provides fathers with up-to-date information about men’s mental health, baby development and how that impacts on their role as a father. It is also a confidential space for fathers to ask the questions they never felt they could and explore their own thoughts and feelings around parenthood, with other fathers in similar situations.

One DorPIP Dad said ‘Just wanted to say a big thank you, the work you have put in has and will help Dads and families out there enormously.’

Dads can register for the free course at

Call: 07813 989707


Poole Men’s Shed are a group of people working on practical projects at their own pace in a friendly and inclusive venue; a place where they can feel at home, have fun, socialise and stay active. It offers a chance to meet new people and learn new skills. Poole Men’s Shed (despite the name) is open to all! They meet on Wednesdays from 10:00 – 13:00 at the Limelights Centre, Learoyd Road, Poole, BH17 8PJ and have other events and workshops on different days.

To find out more visit their website


Text preferred (or call): 07834 422583



The HealthBus Trust is a charity that provides healthcare to people experiencing homelessness in Bournemouth and the surrounding areas. It delivers care to people sleeping rough and in emergency accommodation.  Most patients seen by the HealthBus are men with underlying health conditions who don’t ask for treatment until their condition becomes much worse.

The HealthBus are offering the chance to chat about and have Covid-19 and flu vaccinations to people experiencing homelessness. Bags of Hope goody bags will be shared with anyone who comes along to have a chat and/or the vaccinations.

For people who are experiencing homelessness and need help email In an emergency dial 999

To find out more about the work of The HealthBus Trus visit


Victim Support is available to anyone, whether or not the crime has been reported to the police and regardless of how long ago it happened.

Denize from Victim Support told us ‘Victim Support’s help is mostly delivered to women.  Male stereotypes can make it harder for men to accept help, which is why we are committed to providing support without stigma or shame.  Our support is confidential, so we don’t discuss it with anyone unless we have the victim’s permission. This International Men’s Day month, whether you are a man who would like our support or you know someone who would, give us a call.’


Call: 0300 3030 163

Listen to Justin from DorPip Dads and Chrissie from the Health Bus on Hope FM’s Community Now programme with Blair