WE’RE HERE FOR YOU.
At ANDYSMANCLUB, we want to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health and create a judgment-free, confidential space where men can be open about the storms in their lives. We aim to achieve this through weekly, free-to-attend peer-to-peer support groups for men aged over 18. Watch the video below to find out why.
#ThatOneMan is our promise to you, our volunteers, our attendees and our supporters, that no matter how quickly we grow, how many awards we win, how many partnerships we strike up or how many clubs we open, we will always remain true to our original goal. To be able to provide support to #ThatOneMan in his time of need, and help him see that his tomorrow can be better than his today.
ANDY’S STORY - LAD BIBLE
WE’RE A BUNCH OF BLOKES HAVING A CHAT OVER A BREW
In mid-2016, nine men met in a small room in the stereotypical Yorkshire town of Halifax with a simple aim of talking through their issues and helping each other deal with their mental health. All in attendance were agreed there was a magic in that room that had to be shared. This was the start of a movement that has grown faster than anyone first involved could have ever imagined. Fast forward 6 years and ANDYSMANCLUB now has groups at almost 100 locations across three counties of the UK.
ANDYSMANCLUB takes its name from Andrew Roberts, a man who sadly took his own life aged 23 in early 2016. Andy’s family had no inkling that he was suffering or struggling to the extent that he would do this, and as a result looked deeper into male suicide and men’s mental health. They soon discovered that male suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50, with male mental health surrounded by well-ingrained cultural stigma in the UK.
Elaine Roberts and Luke Ambler are Andy’s Mum and Brother-in-Law, together they came up with the idea of ANDYSMANCLUB, a group where men aged 18 and above can speak openly about their mental health in a judgment-free, non-clinical environment. Groups now operate nationwide and are completely volunteer-led, with the vast majority of group facilitators having first interacted with ANDYSMANCLUB when they came through the door as a service user.
With a service used on a weekly basis by almost 2000 men, and an army of 500+ facilitators, the movement is always continuing to grow on a week-by-week basis.
REAL PEOPLE, REAL STORIES
“ANDYSMANCLUB is a very relaxed atmosphere once you get settled. The hardest part is taking the first step through the door but ask any of the guys that have done it and they'll tell you they're glad they did.”
OUR PEOPLE MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.
From our trustees, to the staff to our facilitators who swing open the doors every single Monday night to give guys a safe place to talk. To the army of volunteers who help raise awareness, backing and supporting us, commenting and liking our content. Our people are all so special and without them, we are nothing.
Hi, I’m Shaun. I became involved in AMC in 2019 when I was asked by a friend to help him set up the Scarborough branch. Having suffered from poor mental health myself and having lost a close friend to suicide I was keen to be involved in anything that might help. However until the opening night in Scarborough, on 3 February 2020, I had no idea of the real power of AMC to get men talking, to make a real difference and save lives. The trustees and staff at AMC have achieved an incredible amount since the charity was established, so I was honoured to be invited to join them in December 2020. I’m looking forward to playing a small part in helping AMC grow to reach more and more men across the UK.
Hi, I am Robert Taylor and I am now retired through ill health. After losing a family member to suicide, I began to attend a group to see how I could help prevent others from going through what my family had. I actually found the club began to help me more than I ever knew. I became so passionate about helping others and was honoured when I was asked to be a trustee to be able to give something back to such an amazing cause.
Hi, I’m Paul, I joined AMC in 2016, just to support my friend in getting through the door. From that first visit, I joined them on a social event, which then became an ambassador role and then a regular facilitator. I have moved forward in my life and done many things I would not have done without the support and encouragement of AMC, and I am proud to be a trustee and do my part towards building the future of the charity, and offer that same support and encouragement to every person that walks through our door.
I am Leon McQuade, I’m driven to help break the stigmas associated with “Mental Health”. These stigmas, weakness, burden, and embarrassment, are what stop men from speaking out. And with my work with ANDYSMANCLUB we are helping pave the way for men to know that #ITSOKAYTOTALK and to break these stigmas.
I am Declan Storey, I know first-hand what it is like to go through a storm after walking through the doors of an ANDYSMANCLUB session for the first time in 2016. After attending the group, I began to facilitate, and further along my journey, I assisted in the establishment and setting up of the first groups in Leeds and Sheffield and I am now proud to form part of the Board of Trustees. Outside of AMC, I am a former professional rugby player and now a manager at a large construction company.
I’m Adam Allison and I am passionate about challenging the stigmas surrounding men’s mental health and in particular #ITSOKAYTOTALK. I believe that it takes strength and courage to open up about your struggles and I am determined to help ANDYSMANCLUB reach every corner of the UK and Beyond.
Hi my name is Elaine Roberts. I’m Andy’s Mum and a Trustee at ANDYSMANCLUB. I worked for Yorkshire Electric Board for over 40 years. I am now retired, as I never went back to work after we lost Andrew back in 2016. After losing Andy, I wanted to help prevent other families going through what we as a family had been through, which is why alongside Luke and with the help of our volunteers, we set up ANDYSMANCLUB - to give men a safe, judgement-free space where they could get the troubles in their lives off their chests.
Chairman & co-founder
My name is Luke Amber I am the co-founder and chair of ANDYSMANCLUB. After the tragic loss of my brother in law in 2016 myself and Andy’s mum Elaine wanted to prevent other families from going through what we have. The idea was that to stop families going through this you had to help guys and the idea of #ThatOneMan was born. For me it always has been and always will be about finding that one man. I know that our groups are not for everyone but all I ask is you give them a go. In life what truly matters is giving it your best shot, that starts with you - #ITSOKAYTOTALK
Vision with action makes for a powerful reality.
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS CHAMPION
Hi, I’m Lucas – ANDYSMANCLUB’s Marketing & Comms Champion! Unlike other members of the team, I came into the role without having attended an AMC session although Mental Health and Suicide have always been a massive part of my life with close friends and family members blighted by both. It is of vital importance that we continue to promote talking and openness with Mental Health. My first AMC session came on my first day in the role back in January 2021 on a wintry night in Hartlepool and it is a night that will stick with me for life due to the profound effect it had on me. Outside of AMC, I am a keen Football and Rugby League fan. I also currently manage Hade Edge FC, and West Green FC.
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT CHAMPION
I am Andrew Greenway, a project development champion for ANDYSMANCLUB. I first started using ANDYSMANCLUB in Feb 2017, being a stereotypical bloke and choosing the chin up, chest out attitude as a defence for many years. As a Halifax lad, I had seen ANDYSMANCLUB and was advised to go along by a family member and since the first session, when I left feeling like I could walk on air afterwards, I have seen such a difference in myself as a result of being more open and talking about issues.
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT CHAMPION
Hi I am Alex McClintock, after experiencing my own mental health struggles and an attempt on my life I discovered ANDYSMANCLUB. Everything about ANDYSMANCLUB resonated with me and it ignited a passion within me to help make a difference particularly in men’s mental health. The power of talking has become a huge part of my life and I was honoured and humbled to be asked by Elaine and Luke to join the team, overseeing Scotland. I will continue to do what I can to challenge the stigmas in our society to help reach that one man and to help promote ANDYSMANCLUB every day with passion and commitment.
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT CHAMPION
I’m Oli, in 2016 I attended the first ever ANDYSMANCLUB meeting. My life has gone from strength to strength ever since. Today, I am a Project Development Champion for ANDYSMANCLUB. I have a vision of making our services available to every man, in every town and city across the UK. The changes I have seen in myself, I have seen in others that have come to the club and I want every man who needs this to be able to experience it. On a weekend, you can find me on one of the many Rugby pitches in Yorkshire, battering down defences and scoring tries for the Halifax Vandals!
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT CHAMPION
Hi, I’m Neil Waine, one of the Project Development Champion team at ANDYSMANCLUB! Having taken the step and first walked through the door as a group user, the journey I have been on since has been amazing. I first started as a facilitator at Huddersfield in a position I held for just over 2 years until early 2021, when Luke and Elaine asked me to join the staff team! I now oversee a number of clubs in the north of England and regularly spread the word about ANDYSMANCLUB to businesses, charities, sports teams and anyone willing to listen! I am also a keen Huddersfield Town supporter, having appeared on the “And He Takes That Chance” podcast for a couple of years.
Hi my name is Tanya and I’m part of the ANDYSMANCLUB Office and Admin team! Being from Halifax, I first heard about AMC just as it started back in 2016 and I’m delighted to be part of the team. I love helping others and making people smile and working for AMC gives me a chance to make a difference. Before I joined the AMC team I studied for a Business Degree and in my spare time there’s nothing I like more than going on a walk with my husband, two daughters and dog or going out for food – especially Italian or Mexican food!
SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR ASSISTANT
Hi, I’m Joanne Smith, I work in the office as a Senior Admin Assistant, I’ve followed ANDYSMANCLUB right from the start, so it’s a privilege and honour to now be part of the team, I joined in January 2020. I’ve spent most of my life in retail, with 2018-2019 seeing me run my own Post Office. I gave this up in Autumn 2019 and set out to start a new life in Spain but was back a week later. I truly believe everything happens for a reason, what better reason than to help others. I have been welcomed by everyone, from the trustees, the office team, right through to the lads all over the country that make sure those doors are opened every week. Part of one big family!
Hello, my name is Sabrina Mullins and I am the General Manager at ANDYSMANCLUB. I have loved every minute of working for ANDYSMANCLUB since 2017. I originally started working here as a volunteer in the early days and have been here ever since.
I have watched ANDYSMANCLUB grow and become something special and I am proud to have been here every step of the way. My work isn’t just work, there is a saying “if you find a job you love you will never work a day in your life” and this is it for me.
Our facilitators are heroes in our eyes. We would love to be able to individually write about them all, due to having over 500 heroes, that would be very difficult.
What makes our facilitators heroes? It’s got to be the single fact the each and every one of them know how tough it is take that step through the door. Taking the step through the door for them allowed them to improve their own situation and get through their storm with the help of the other guys at the group. They decided they then wanted to help other guys through their storms. They selflessly turn up every Monday to open those doors for 7pm.
ALL OUR GROUPS MEET EVERY MONDAY AT 7PM
(EXCEPT BANK HOLIDAYS).
We run talking groups for men who have either been through a storm, are currently going through a storm, have a storm brewing in life or just want to meet a good group of people with the aim of improving one another. No referral, no registration and no charge. Even the brew and biscuits are free!