SBS Hampshire: supporting men in our communities

SBS is a partnership of 10 organisations, including Hampshire County Council, whose aim is to improve men’s physical health and mental wellbeing, reduce social isolation and increase men’s participation in their communities and employment.


About SBS Hampshire

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The project will deliver:

  • a model to improve men’s mental and physical health/wellbeing using space where men meet, learn new skills and take part in practical activities
  • new workshops implementing this model
  • a new model of community health service delivery for men and vulnerable groups
  • gaming-based virtual tool to connect people and indirectly to raise their awareness of their physical health and mental wellbeing
  • a training programme to create champions for health and wellbeing from within the workshop attendees
  • a training programme for skills to support lifestyle changes

Although the target group for SBS is men the new SBS services will be open to women.

Reasons for the project

We know men access health services less than women and they experience poorer physical health outcomes. Suicide rates for men across Europe are increasing and unemployment, non-participation, isolation and poor mental health are contributing factors.  Depression and other mental health problems are under-detected and under-treated.

Men’s physical health in all areas is similarly poor. Studies have shown that the unemployed suffer more health problems, including mental health, than those in work and the longer people stay off work when sick, the less likely they are to return.

How men currently access health services

Currently health services (general practice, dentists, pharmacies) are under-used by men, with adverse impacts on their health, their families and communities, employers and health and social care budgets.  Men are also less likely to make use of preventative health checks such as oral health, sight and screening.

Earlier work has shown that men see a clear need for a different way of providing services to them within their local communities.

Funding and partners

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

SBS partners

Hampshire County Council will be working with:

  • The Health and Europe Centre (UK)
  • Kent County Council (UK)
  • Bolwerk (Belgium)
  • Wattrelos Association of Community Centres (France)
  • ADICE – Association for the development of citizen and European initiatives (France)
  • Community Centre Jean Ferrat Arques (France)
  • Community Centre ‘De Mussen’ (Netherlands)
  • Wellbeing People (UK)

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; Conseil Départemental du Nord.

Find out more
The Health and Europe Centre has more information on the overall project.
Contact details
If you have questions about the Hampshire aspects of the project email: