Common Ground is a 9-week facilitated program for men that supports the development of self-knowledge and awareness and provides a confidential and supportive environment to learn the practical skills required to then become part of an ongoing men's group.
Run by the Australian charity Men's Wellbeing for almost 15 years, the program provides a safe, non-confronting atmosphere that offers an opportunity for men to gain new perspectives on issues and on life, with other caring and informed men. Men are supported to make real connections with other men and to explore and have honest conversations around topics that are generally of great interest to men, yet rarely discussed at anything other than a superficial level. Topics such as emotions, relationships, sex, fathers, fathering and masculinity, and more.
For many men, attending the program has been a liberating and life-changing experience. Not only does the program provide opportunities for a man to share what is really going on for them, but hearing other men speak openly and honestly about their lives helps put his life into context. The ongoing support available through a continuing mens circle then helps to integrate learnings and insights made, enriching men's lives, and the lives of those around them, well after the end of the facilitated program.
Hear some men talking about their experience of attending Common Ground:
A great way to find out more about the program and to meet other men interested in taking part is to attend the upcoming free info night on Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Richmond Senior Citizen's Centre, Hosie Street, Richmond VIC.
The info night will offer a relaxed and informal introduction to the program providing a chance to find out what to expect, to meet facilitators and to hear from past attendees who will share their experience of the course. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.
While the program is just for men, guests and/or partners of men are very welcome to attend the info night, either alone or together.
The next Common Ground program in Melbourne will take place over 9 weeks from 7 pm to 10 pm on Thursday evenings from 13th April to 8th June 2023 and will be based in Richmond.
Program cost is on an honestly scale of payment designed to ensure that affordability should not be a factor in deciding whether to attend.
Registration for the info night and/or program is essential and can be made at: https://menswellbeing.org/mens-programs/#section-enquiry
If you are unsure if the program could be right for you, have some questions about it or would just like to have a chat with one of the facilitators prior to attending, then click the enquiry button next to the course listing at the website here or call Mens Wellbeing on 1300 13 88 50.