A NEW peer support group has been set up in west Wales aimed at supporting isolated men.

Men2men is funded by Hywel Dda Health Board and the Welsh Government and is being developed just for men, by men.

It is aims to engaging with an increasingly isolated community of men, across all age ranges, who are becoming more depressed, cut off and in some cases suicidal.

"The suicide rates for men across Wales are at an all-time high and mental health deteriorating further through the effects of the pandemic," said group founder, community trainer, group worker and therapist Fred Luckman.

The other two founders of the group are Luke Conlon and Pete Colling who are both very well known and highly experienced in the third sector.

"This service could not have come at a more crucial time."

Fred added that men sometimes struggle to say how they really are and ask for help but will open up when working together on a shared, fun activity.

Men2men is now actively recruiting local men to set up small, fun, activity groups and workshops, that men who are feeling isolated can attend. The group has, so far attracted 16 good with a wide variety of backgrounds.


During lockdown, the group's founders have had guidance from Public Health Wales that they can meet men one to one for support walks in the countryside, which may prove crucial for some.

The group is also offering Zoom support through one on one and small group sessions.

It plans to train some new volunteers to facilitate these simple, yet highly effective ways of enabling men to connect and reduce the sense of isolation prevailing for many during this time.

"Our aim is to support more online men's groups being setting up by local cluster of men in Pembrokeshire," said Fred.

The group hopes to get several other activities going once coronavirus restrictions relax.

A fun, easy access singing group for men, at Newport Memorial Hall, is also planned for this year.

The singing group will be led by highly-experienced local choirmaster, Henry Sears. Henry is well-known for quietly and calmly drawing out a confident performance from choir members, and for the wonderfully inspiring songs he has collected from around the world, as well as his own arrangements of popular and folk songs.

In the men2men singing group he will focus on rousing songs such as Lean on Me. Every man is welcome, no previous singing experience necessary.

The group will involve a maximum of 15 singers to ensure it is compliant with Covid-19 regulations and places must be booked by emailing with your name and mobile number. The sessions will cost £6 per session for those who are able to pay.

For more information on the support offered see www.men2men.org.uk.