Giving men the gift of the gab

Men arent generally known for their verbosity or ability to share their feelings, which is why so many of them resort to their fists to get a point across.

The Men and Family Centre in Lismore has devised a new training program called Skilled Mates to equip men in the Goonellabah area with much-needed communication skills to help them solve relationship problems before they fester or result in violence.

Facilitators of the program, Bill Taylor and Ron Davis, say the men who attend this type of program benefit in many ways including building their self-esteem and learning how to help and support other men. The course covers interpersonal and conflict resolution skills, knowledge about domestic and family violence, and gives men facilitation skills so they can start their own mens groups.

In my experience the men who attend these programs are interested in having better relationships, said Ron Davis, and that is across the whole gamut with their partners, with their mates and in their work lives. Its all about better outcomes.

The program will commence at the Goonellabah Community Centre next Thursday, July 27. There is a fee for the course but the Men and Family Centre has a strong commitment to make its courses available to everyone, so if the cost is whats stopping you, dont be scared off. Phone 6622 6166 and see how they can help.


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