About Men’s Health Unlocked

Men’s Health Unlocked launched in November 2020 and is coordinated by Damian Dawtry. It is a project and network which seeks to;

  • connect and liaise
  • involve and develop
  • promote and celebrate, the health and wellbeing needs and activities of men in Leeds, from all backgrounds and at all levels.

It aims to unite individuals and organisations working in the field of men’s health in Leeds so that we can take a joined-up and gendered approach to tackling health inequalities specific to those who identify as men. To do this, we;

  • run bi-monthly networking meetings
  • host a What’s on for Men guide (“Let’s Unlock”, below)
  • provide information and resources to help you and the men that you know or work with.
If you can’t find what you want here, want to join the networking meetings, or there is any other way we can help,  please do contact us!

What we do

We connect and support people working with men in Leeds to develop and deliver services which address men’s health needs and isolation. We have supported the delivery of three amazing projects in Leeds:

  • Unlock Online – Barca-Leeds delivered ONE HUNDRED tablets to isolated men in just 2 months
  • Unlocked Magazine – Orion distributed around 25,000 magazine-style leaflets normalising men’s mental health issues, sharing supportive information in a fun and entertaining way, co-produced by men as part of the Manbassador Project – check out the latest edition here
  • Unlock offline – Touchstone ran online support groups with 60 men joining in just 3 months, and a helpline to signpost to specialist men’s services in Leeds

Men’s Health Unlocked Newsletter

Read the latest news from the Men’s Health Unlocked project in our newsletter.

March 2021 Newsletter – in this edition find out about how the Men’s Health Unlocked continues and other news from across the city.

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Let’s Unlock – Activities for men in Leeds

This fantastic resource of information has been compiled to help men, and people that support men find out what services, activities and support is available for men in the Leeds district.

Please add your items! If you have something to add please use this form: Submit your items to the MHU Database. You will be asked for your contact details and for information about the support, services, or activities that you provide for men in the Leeds district.

Men’s Health Unlocked Network Meetings

Meetings are currently being held online via zoom. It is a sharing and learning space. You are welcome to suggest agenda items, such as guest speakers and topics you’d like to cover by emailing [email protected]forumcentral.org.uk.

Upcoming Meeting Dates

Wednesday 12 May, 10am to 12noon –  more details to follow

Past Meeting Notes and Documents

Contact Us

07985 442630

[email protected]


Men’s Health Unlocked is based at the Forum Central office:

Suite C24
Joseph’s Well
Hanover Walk

Damian Dawtry

Damian Dawtry

Damian is Coordinator of the Men’s Health Unlocked project

Damian's role is centred around building a city-wide network to connect, support, develop and celebrate the exciting work currently taking place in Leeds in the field of men’s health and wellbeing, at both a local and national level.

Damian has a wide range of experience in community development, having worked for over 20 years for statutory and third sector organisations. This has included working in the fields of autism, fundraising, and community and prison theatre.

In recent years, he has specialised in men’s health engagement; testing and learning a variety of approaches to engaging isolated men and supporting them with their health and wellbeing. He has recently been coordinating the Orion Partnership’s ground-breaking Manbassador Project, developing a network of local businesses to signpost their male customers towards health and wellbeing activities and agencies.

Damian is a volunteer for Circles of Life: Women Together / Voices of Men and is proud co-founder of the Unity Day Pantomime, now in its 21st year. At the age of 42, his goalkeeping career was cruelly cut short by injury whilst in the lower reaches of the Yorkshire Amateur League, so he now spends his Saturdays on the allotment, playing music, or playing with his son.

Email: [email protected]