The Men’s Table Entree – Bulleen
An introduction to The Men’s Table through stories and dialogue …
for men interested in being part of a Men’s Table group
The Men’s Table Entree is an introduction to The Men’s Table through open sharing over a relaxed and conversational meal. The cost includes a meal and a drink.
The Entree event is a chance to meet other men, learn about how a Table works and help you decide whether you’d like to be part of this local Men’s Table group.
It will be hosted by a couple of long-standing members of other Men’s Tables, sharing their experiences from their Tables, and responding to your questions, concerns and ideas.
What is the Men’s Table?
The Men’s Table is all about men serving men. The first Men’s Table (MT1) began in 2011 with 12 men who have met once a month for dinner and ever since. It is now growing to become a national charity and community of men.
The Men’s Table creates a unique environment for men to share openly about their lives, their challenges, their highs and lows with a group of men who they learn to know, like and trust.
It’s healthy to show emotions and share feelings, and it’s time we freedmen from outdated masculine norms. There’s also never been a better time to be part of building a community.
The Men’s Table creates a sense of belonging, community, peer support and camaraderie that is lacking for many men, even for some who already have a group of mates. Belonging to a Men’s Table contributes to mental, emotional and social wellbeing whilst being powerful support to individual members journeys through life.
Each Men’s Table is a distinct expression of the needs and personalities of its members, guided by a simple structure learned from MT1 and the subsequent 30+ Tables.
To remain healthy functioning and long-lasting groups, all Tables are supported by the Kitchen, a central office.
A typical evening often includes:
Chatting, catching up as people arrive. At 7 pm, A brief check-in. As men feel ready, a man shares what is happening for him. This can be anything from moments of joy, happiness pride, challenges and or obstacles, how things are in relationships, work and friendships, the past, future, sadness, grief.
The topics are as wide and varied as Men’s life experiences. A person sharing might be around 10 minutes. Confidentiality is important and it is up to a man if he shares that evening. As men share they are listened to and accepted; questions are generally not asked, unless the man would like input at the end. ‘Fixing’ of other men after they’ve shared about their lives is actively discouraged, even though most men want to jump in and offer advice Men share from their direct experience, speaking for themselves.
We avoid prophesying and generalisation.
You will get a great overview of how it works at the Entree event. The Entree is an opportunity to meet other men who are thinking of joining and to see if the Men’s Table is a fit for you.
“I feel very encouraged about the opportunity this presents for men; to come together and be real with each other” – Adam, Entree’ attendee
“Very positive… great step towards the future” – Wayne, Entree’ attendee
The event is sponsored by Manningham Council Community Grants.
The Men’s Table is a registered charity. There is no membership fee to be part of a Table; it’s a grassroots activity driven by men in the local community.
For more info, check out – https://themenstable.org/
Or reach out for a chat on:
Dan Ball: 0431 693 607
Joel Clapham: 0423 158 151