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Domestic abuse charity marks International Men's Day

Paul Lavelle Foundation, a domestic abuse charity supporting male victims of domestic abuse, will mark International Men's Day this year.

Holding a 'Men's Health & Wellbeing drop in event' at their Rock Ferry headquarters, the charity invites all members of the public to join them on Tuesday 19th November for good chat, good food and great company.

International Men’s Day celebrates, worldwide, the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities. According to the official IMD website, the goal is to "highlight positive role models and raise awareness of men’s wellbeing."

Having registered as charity in 2018, Paul Lavelle Foundation (PLF) officially opened in Royal Standard House, Birkenhead, in April 2019 - with the help of backing from sponsors including Wirral Council and Involve North West.

First formed as an online community and later as a registered charity, the foundation was set up by the family and friends of Wirral man Paul Lavelle who tragically died as a result of domestic abuse and violence perpetrated by his female abuser in 2017.

The charity, created in his memory, aims to raise awareness of the issue of domestic abuse and men's mental health in general, particularly supporting male victims and survivors to speak out and access support.

Speaking of their International Men's Day event, Paul Gladwell a founding trustee at PLF and good friend of Paul’s, said: “International Men's Day is an annual opportunity to make waves when it comes to shouting about men's health and wellbeing.

"We wanted to celebrate the men of Wirral, while also offering a space to focus on men's health and the support services, such as ourselves, that are available in the borough."

The PLF offices provide services including guidance and emotional support for men who are suffering in an abusive relationship, offering a safe place for men to visit and chat about any issues they may be experiencing.

From 12.00 pm the event will include talks from the Paul Lavelle Foundation, JourneyMEN Wirral, Wirral Reiki Rooms. Attendees can also hear stories from inspirational men who have overcome adversity and join in a Men’s Mental Health Myth Buster Q&A presented by Jess Gallier of The Gallier Project and Daniel Bourne MHFA training coordinator. There are also opportunities for attendees to meet with Community Connectors from Involve North West, family law solicitors and survivors of domestic abuse for advice and support.

The event will take place on Tuesday 19th November, 11am - 3pm, at Royal Standard House, 330-334 New Chester Road, Birkenhead, CH42 1LE.  It is a drop-in event so members of the public are free to pop in and out at any time during the event.

  • If you or a male loved one have been affected by domestic abuse, visit the Paul Lavelle Foundation’s website for more information: paullavellefoundation.co.uk
  • For information about domestic abuse support options more generally in Wirral, visit: itsneverokwirral.org
  • In an emergency, always call 999.

For more info on International Men's Day, visit internationalmensday.com