For nine years Restore has been successfully supporting lone men through its Men’s Activities, which provide social interaction and recreation. Activities are organised twice a month and have included: the Black Country Living Museum giving insights into the West Midlands industrial past; Winterbourne Botanical Gardens providing an oasis of tranquillity; classical music concerts at Birmingham Conservatoire; and swimming involving an occasion when an absolute beginner was swimming within an hour, to his delight and our amazement!
The majority of participants are asylum seekers who are not linked into any education or training, and refugees who, for health reasons, are currently unable to work.
“Hardly a day passes without getting bad news, then a call comes up about a Restore men’s event. This is good news to a lonely man. We have been to so many places of interest around Birmingham, played football and gone swimming. This has helped by keeping us busy, reducing stress and helped uplift self-esteem. Visiting and meeting different people makes me feel relaxed and confident about the future.” (participant)