This week, I had an amazing phone call and confirmation email from BBC Three Counties Radio, the local station that serves the counties of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
I’ve been a huge fan of BBC Three Counties for a long, long time. I like that they focus on local communities through a mixture of speech, music, sport and debates.
The station has been a big supporter of my initiatives, such as my humanitarian trips to Kenya and obviously ‘For Men To Talk’ for many years. I’ve been in the Dunstable studio a few times, as well as talking via telephone, to presenters such as Nick Coffer, Roberto Perrone and Babs Michel.
The BBC’s ‘Make A Difference’ awards was first set up at the start of the first pandemic lockdown and is a virtual notice board for those offering help and those needing support. It’s to recognise remarkable people, marking their achievements and contributions to lives in their communities.
To date, the BBC says over 8 Million people have interacted across all 39 local BBC radio stations, that collectively cover all of England, Jersey and Guernsey.
Categories cover the unsung heroes of every community from great neighbours, inspirational teachers, awesome volunteers or even outstanding key workers.
A member of the BBC Three Counties Radio team contacted me and announced that someone had kindly nominated for an award. So, I’m extremely humbled to announce that as the founder of ‘For Men To Talk’ and the author of ‘The Mental Health Moles’, I have been shortlisted with just three other people in the ‘Volunteer Category’ at the 2022 ‘Make A Difference Awards’.
The Volunteer Award is given to an individual who makes a real difference to the community by giving up their time voluntarily to help out a charity or good cause. The winner of this and the other seven categories will be announced at an award ceremony on Thursday 22 September at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable, that I have been invited to.
I formed ‘For Men To Talk’ back in December 2019 and for two and a half years, I’ve worked extremely hard to publicise the group in what I am trying to achieve. For men not to feel alone in their mental health journeys and that the meetings are a safe and comfortable environment for them to be open and talk about how they are feeling.
Just to be shortlisted is a testimony to every single man who have attended our meetings, no matter if they come regularly or just the once and I am so proud and honoured of myself and them on what we have achieved so far. To win would be incredible and a further statement to ‘Get More Men Talking’.
‘The Mental Health Moles’ is a book discussing mental health topics, such as anxiety, depression, grief, social media, stress, sleep and many more. https://linktr.ee/mhmoles. Ideal for men, women, boys and girls, see why It’s sparking conversations for families about mental health.
‘For Men To Talk’. A chance for men suffering with anxiety, depression and grief to talk with other fellow sufferers. https://linktr.ee/formentotalk