Almost 400 men across 13 locations have participated in the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation’s Sons of the West program this year.
Nearing week eight of the 10-week program, topics this year have included usual favourites nutrition, mental health, masculinity and gender equity, while also introducing new topics such as food and sustainability, delivered by OzHarvest.
The Koori Heritage Trust has also joined Sons of the West this year, providing education around Aboriginal history and culture.
After transitioning to online delivery during a COVID-affected 2020, the program has returned to an in-person model this year, much to the delight of participants.
“The men are loving being back face-to-face after last year’s online program. It’s great to see them connecting over a cup of tea or getting active together,” WBCF Senior Health Promotion Co-ordinator Alyssa Huxtable said.
“We have welcomed lots of new recruits, and also welcomed back our blue and red t-shirts – everyone is very excited for graduation in a few weeks’ time.”
The Sons of the West graduation ceremonies will take place for each council groups at the end of this month or early June.
Registrations for Daughters of the West will also open soon, with updates to be communicated online and via the WBCF social media accounts in coming weeks.