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Bringing men together

A new social program to help reduce the isolation felt by elderly male residents at Catholic Homes’ Castledare Village in Wilson is proving popular.

Circle of Men was introduced at Castledare last August.

The men meet regularly, with the aim of improving their emotional health and wellbeing, and reducing the risk of loneliness and isolation.

Catholic Homes is shining spotlight on the program during Men’s Health Week, which aims to raise awareness about men’s health and wellbeing.

Volunteer Peter Fry established the Circle of Men in March last year to support the male residents of Catholic Homes’ Archibishop Goody Hostel in East Perth.

After the success of the program, the was expanded to Castledare Village.

Mr Fry said the program was designed to create a social and safe place for men to talk. “Many older men in residential care facilities can be a little isolated as their partners have passed away or because they might not have many visitors,” Mr Fry said. “The Circle of Men is about telling stories, getting to know each other, dealing with some emotional issues if that’s necessary.”

Circle of Men facilitators and members

Canning Times, Tuesday, June 10, 2014