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Divorced men shy with their feelings
9:00am Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
ORGANISERS of a support group for divorced people in Malvern are urging more men to seek out its help.
The first Divorce Recovery Workshop (DRW) in Malvern took place last year, after founder Kathleen Barclay found she had to travel all the way to Cirencester for support when she was going through the separation process. It has proved so successful that it will be returning for a fourth run at the start of November.
But while the group has been in high demand and helped more than 40 people come to terms with divorce, organisers say the large majority of those seeking assistance have been women. Gill Owen, facilitator of Malvern DRW, believes that could be for a number of reasons – including men possibly being less open about their feelings or less proactive about looking for help.
But she added: “Obviously, since there are two people in each relationship, there should be as many men as women who could be interested in DRW.”
While more men have taken the courses in Malvern than in some other areas, she said that the numbers are still not what they could be.
“In Malvern, the male to female ratio has been three or four men to every 12 women, compared with nationally where there have been as few as one man per workshop,” she said.
“Having taken the plunge and joined the workshop, the men attended regularly, participated fully, were just as supportive of the other participants as the women and benefited accordingly.”
She also believes that men may be more willing to attend if they are assured another man will be there – and so the Malvern branch will be having a male facilitator at its next workshop.
The next course of workshops will take place fortnightly on Saturdays, starting on November 2.
For more information, or to book a place, call 01684 560394, 07806 484152 or e-mail Malvern@drw.org.uk.
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