Huge boost for bikers’ mental health
The men’s health charity Movember and the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride are committing £630,000 to help reduce social isolation and improve mental health in the motorcycle community through new initiatives suggested by the public.
The new partnership is developing the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride Social Connections Challenge to find initiatives which can improve the social connectedness, life satisfaction and mental well-being of motorcycle riders. These projects will be backed by funds raised by the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride community.
The initiatives will focus primarily on middle-aged men who ride motorcycles and are dealing with key life challenges, and young riders in need of mentorship.
A statement by Movember said: “While recognising the camaraderie that already exists among motorcycle riders, the Challenge aims to improve the social connection between motorcyclists further because, in general, people who are satisfied with their relationships and social connections are more likely to experience good mental health and well-being.”
Also commenting, the founder of the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride Mark Hawwa said: “Along with Movember, we are recognising that men in motorcycling are unique, so we are taking the 'going to where men are' approach to nurture and grow more accessible and engaging programs targeted to men in motorcycling."
The Social Connections Challenge will happen in two phases. From November 16, phase 1 will see a maximum of 25 development grants, valued at up to £4,000, awarded internationally. These grants will enable applicants to develop and pitch their ideas. Phase 2 will see a maximum of 10 pilot project grants, valued at up to £40,000, allocated to selected initiatives. These grants will enable the most promising initiatives to be delivered in pilot format and will be announced in March 2021.
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Picture credit: The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride at Cambridge in 2018 (Blokes and Bikes/Flickr)