About Step By Step

Men’s Activity Network is the name for Hampshire County Council’s adoption of the Step by Step (SBS) approach. SBS has been jointly developed as part of the Interreg2Seas programme and is being tested in the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

It’s a European-funded partnership of 10 organisations with the aim to improve men’s health and wellbeing, reduce social isolation and increase men’s employment prospects and participation in their communities. The SBS model has been jointly developed by all partners to bring the concept of men’s community Sheds (groups where men meet) to a wider audience across Europe.

The partnership has secured more than €2.6 million of European funding from the EU Interreg 2Seas Programme 2014-2020 (co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund), which will be support this project over the next four years.

Hampshire County Council will be working with:

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  • Kent County Council
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There are also a number of observer partners: The Department of Work and Pensions, Southampton City Council, UK Men’s Sheds Association, Maison de l’emploi de Valenciennois, Werkgevers Service Punt and Conseil Départemental du Nord.