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Men FM

“Men Visible” is the name of the podcast and CD made as part of our “MenFM” project, funded by the Tudor Trust.

Making men visible is exactly what we want to do. We want to encourage men to take charge of their own health, to take part in activities and to find inspiration and encouragement in the company of others.

Click here for our MenFM podcast, featuring inspiring stories from men’s groups and individuals from around Leeds. There is also health advice from Professor White, the world’s first ever professor of men’s health, music, comedy and more!

MenFM – By men, for men!




Speak Up for Men’s Health!

Orion participants and partners join forces for Men’s Health Week

The Orion Partnership’s Well Man Programme has had a fantastic Men’s Health Week that featured a bike-powered cinema, a broadcast on BBC Leeds and contributing to the launch of a groundbreaking report on men’s health.

Space2 Men’s Group at Chapel FM

Space2 Men’s Group at Chapel FM

Space2’s very own Derek Green (above, right), who attends their men’s group in Seacroft, was without doubt the star of the week with his eloquent account of his own journey through depression – from  suicidal thoughts and rage through to calm reflection and continued recovery .

Listen to his BBC Leeds interview here:  Our section starts at 1:46:47.

The video which he recorded, for the launch of the State of Men’s Health in Leeds Report, is here: (Click on Derek Green)

He also joined Space2 Men’s Group on Chapel FM to talk about how they have dealt with stress:

The State of Men’s Health in Leeds Report Launch (l to r) Tim Taylor (Leeds City Council Commissioner), Ian Cameron (Dir, Public Health); Damian Dawtry (Orion Partnership), Dr Amanda Seims, Prof Alan White (Leeds Beckett University Centre for Men’s Health)

The State of Men’s Health in Leeds Report Launch (l to r) Tim Taylor (Leeds City Council Commissioner), Ian Cameron (Dir, Public Health); Damian Dawtry (Orion Partnership), Dr Amanda Seims, Prof Alan White (Leeds Beckett University Centre for Men’s Health)

Our Men’s Insight and Development Worker also contributed to the question-and-answer panel at the launch of the State of Men’s Health in Leeds Report as “the voice of the Third Sector”, and featured on the same BBC show as Derek, working on a men’s health phone-in alongside Prof White, the UK’s leading authority on men’s health.


Damian and Derek were reunited once again at Chapel FM alongside some other members of the Space2 Men’s Group, for a similar programme on men’s health. We also brought with us Errol Murray (above, right), the volunteer coordinator of the Leeds Dads group.

Inside the Cinema with popcorn

Bird Box Building

Den building

Erecting the Geodome Cinema

Erecting the Geodome Cinema

On Wednesday we held a successful event at East Leeds Cricket Club – “Lunch Out for Men’s Health Week”– featuring a bicycle-powered cinema and a popular bird box building activity. Men from our Health Gateway groups and elsewhere came for an afternoon of fun and to learn more about men’s health.

The Orion Well Man Programme continues to develop new ways to engage men and to support them with their health and wellbeing, as well as supporting and delivering the Health Gateway and Space2 men’s groups.

Click here for more info on the project or contact Damian Dawtry on 07981 755328 or


The Orion Partnership marks Men’s Health Week

Join us for Men’s Health Week 12th – 19th June!

Lunch Out!

Wednesday 15th June 1:30 – 5pm.

Come and grab your free popcorn and nacho snack and join us in our special “Lunch Out” [link] event featuring a pedal-powered cinema inside a Geodome! We will be showing films such as Kes and Goonies – designed to appeal to a male audience! There will also be burd box building, free nachos and chilli, and den building for families. It’s taking place on Wednesday 15th June, 1:30-5pm, at East Leeds Cricket Club, Pontefract Lane (see flyer)

Tune In!

Thursday 15th June 10:30-11:30am

Tune in on Thursday 16th June, 10:30 – 11:30 am, to BBC Leeds (92.4FM / 774AM) and join us for a live phone-in on men’s health. Alongside our own Men’s worker Damian Dawtry, you can also pose questions to Professor Alan White (Centre for Men’s Health, Leeds Beckett University) and Timothy Taylor, from Public Health, who commissioned the report. We will also be joined by Derek Green, from our very own Space2 Men’s Group in Seacroft!

Firday 16th June 6 – 7pm.

And if you miss that, then tune in again to Chapel FM [ – link]) where men from the Space2’s Men’s Group, as well as Errol Murray from Leeds Dads, will join other guests for a music and discussion show about men’s health.

During Men’s Health Week we are also proud to be taking part in the launch of the “State of Men’s Health in Leeds” report, on Monday 13th June. There, our Men’s Insight and Development Worker will be joining a question and answer forum alongside Professor White and Timothy Taylor.

Please join us at the Orion Partnership for these exciting events and make Men’s Health Week a week to remember!

Don’t forget that we also have our four men’s groups running in East Leeds that you can join. There is the Space2 Men’s Group [link] in Seacroft and the three Health Gateway groups [link] in Gipton, Compton Road area and Cross Green.

If you want to find out more about Men’s Health Week or the Orion Well Man Programme as a whole, then please contact Damian Dawtry on 07981 755328 or

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Join Our Free Men’s Groups

There are four new Men’s Groups in East Leeds. Based in Cross Green, South Harehills and Gipton, the groups take place weekly and are free.

The groups are designed to be relaxed and low pressure and you can drop in any time.

As for activities, you might fancy some gardening, some walking, learning about local history… YOU will help decide on the activities, by coming along and saying what it is you want to do. We want you to help steer the group.

Come along for a cup of tea and something to eat. All men are welcome.

Meeting Point Men’s Group

Mondays 1:45 – 3:15pm.

Meeting Point Cafe, 409 Harehills Lane, Leeds LS9 6AP


Gipton Men’s Group 

Wednesdays 12:30-2pm

Ground Floor Community Room, Briarsdale Croft, Thorn Drive, Leeds LS8 3NQ

(Ring doorbell for access)


Cross Green Men’s Group

Fridays 11am – 12:30pm

East Leeds Cricket Club (Next to Wheels Taxis), Pontefract Lane, Leeds LS9 0PT


Look out for a North Harehills Men’s Group coming soon!

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The Men’s Groups are funded by North Leeds CCG and led by the Orion Consortium.

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