Our Senior Digital Communications Officer Sam Cavender runs a ‘wine and welding’ session in his Bristol home. At surface level, the group of guys that comes along are putting together weirdly tall bikes and testing them out.
But the real point of what is going on is actually friendship. Younger men as a group often find it difficult to connect with other men, find it hard to share struggles that might be going on in their lives and as a group are at a higher risk of suicide. Although the suicide rate for this group is coming down, over three-quarters of all suicides still fall within this demographic.
Sam’s Wine and Welding gives people a reason to connect, to laugh, and generally just take some time out from the pressures of adult life. Sam says, “It’s a tiny thing, but I think life is made out of these little connections. We don’t need an agenda in order to help set each other free.”