A new women’s club aimed at combatting mental ill health and anxiety and offering friendship and support has been set up in Fife.
The Women’s Wellbeing Club, is only the fourth of its kind in the UK and is modelled on the Andy’s Man Club organisation.
Volunteers at Collydean Community Centre in Glenrothes created the female equivalent after playing host to an Andy’s Man Club branch set up in the town in September 2019.
Members met face-to-face for the first time just days before the coronavirus lockdown and the group has now taken its message of support online.
Volunteer Amanda McClintock, who runs the Scottish groups including one in Perth, said because women were more likely to discuss issues surrounding mental health, stress or hardship than men .
The Fife group is there to offer a sympathetic ear as well as practical support to any adult woman who feels she needs it.
She said: “Because of the on-going covid-19 restrictions on public gatherings we obviously can’t meet up so we now have and online group for peer-to-peer support for the ladies who had already contacted us.
“Women’s Wellbeing Club in Perth is also trialling some online video meetings. We are now hoping to be able to use this for our Glenrothes group to support ladies in that area too.”
The news has been welcomed by Luke Ambler a former rugby league professional, who created Andy’s Man Club after the death of his 23-year-old brother-in-law Andy Roberts in 2016
He said: “It’s great to see how one club in Devon has now grown around the United Kingdom.”
For more information on how to join the group, contact Collydean Community Centre on 01592 742913.