The Men’s Development Network is a non-profit organisation headquartered in Waterford City with the key focus on being leaders in promoting change and equality within society. Under the mission statement: “Better Lives for Men; Better Lives for All” the Men’s Development Network works with men on various levels including one-to-one, developmental, parenting, behaviour change group work, training, phone line support and awareness raising. This work is carried out through our funded projects including Men’s Development Programme, Men’s Health Programme, Mend Domestic Violence Intervention Programme, Men’s Advice Line and Men’s Counselling Service. The Men’s Development Network has also influenced policy on Men’s issues at local, regional, national and international levels and has a good record in multi-agency work and engagement.
The Men’s Development Network CLG was founded in 1997 when men working in the social care field; probation, youth work, addictions, academia and health came together to discuss what was rapidly becoming a crisis. They realised that there were no initiatives to work with men on their development where they lived. This was not only having a negative impact on men, women and children but also on the communities we live in, on society, and also across many broad professional fields of social care. Together it was decided that this group of men would work to identify the key issues in their lives, highlight the issues that needed addressing and offer solutions. It was originally known as the South East Men’s Network Ltd. In 1999 it changed to The Men’s Development Network CLG and is ‘about change for men and in men’.