Promoting well-being and personal development in the male community maintains to be the key focus at Milk for Tea. We continue to work alongside men in facilitating the conversation around bettering the state of man, whilst offering an individualistic approach in all our services offered.
Co-founders Jack Norman and Daniel Edmund, now three years strong at MFT, are happy with the progress made in 2018. With the main strategic theme focused on building credibility to the work they are doing, many partnerships have formulated organically and have been of mutual benefit to all parties involved. Organisations worked with include a Campaign around Progressing Corporate Masculinity with workspace giant WeWork, to holding workshops at Bristol-based Charity Off The Record and at educational hubs such as the University of Brighton and Exeter College. The highlight of the year came from a feature in Soho House's globally distributed magazine, House Notes in November 2018.
Milk for Tea was created to serve self-identifying men to help them find their truest identity, recognise their value and live out their purpose. With the support of HRH The Prince of Wales and the incredible team at The Princes' Trust, alongside many other partners, Jack and Daniel are committed to doing their part to make this world a better place, one man at a time.
Looking forward into 2019, strategic goals lie with continuing to build on current partnerships, whilst developing new relationships. Alongside continually evolving our core services, we see a new function added, in which we will be offering Business Consultation around well-being and mental health, in line with recently enforced Health & Safety legislation.
Our first well-being and development 'One-day Event' will be held in the Summer of 2019. This will be a celebration of the progression of masculinity in the current day. Milk for Tea will also be welcomed along as guest speakers at Soho House for a discussion on Masculinity and the S. H. E. Summit in collaboration with Bacardi in February and March respectively. As we continue to grow, we stay mindful of all the support that has been shown to us throughout our journey. Without this, it would have been possible to achieve what we have so far and we thank you for your continued support.
"Just as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."
Bradley Martinez-Hare, Coachee of MFT
Milk for Tea Timeline
From promoting the lifestyle of the Modern Gentleman to 'Building Modern Men for a Better Future'. This is our journey...
Daniel spoke at TEDxBristol in November 2015 when Milk for Tea had just been conceptualised. He touches on his personal story and the ideology of how we saw men developing.
Soho House, House Notes feature on Community Centred, Nov 2018. Global distribution.
Wine & Bowties Website Feature - March 2019
How have you seen the concept of mental health for men change during the time you’ve done Milk for Tea?
Daniel: When we first started Milk for Tea back in 2015 there were much fewer companies (and people) talking openly about men’s mental health/wellbeing and probably fewer helping men to actually do the work to better themselves in that space. Now in the U.K., the conversation has really picked up. Celebrities and high profile people are speaking about their experiences with mental health which is helping to normalise it in the media. Organisations like CALM are doing a great job with raising awareness and combating male suicide in their own way as well, there is a lot out there. There have unfortunately also been quite a few public suicides that have happened over the years which has really made people stop and think about the current state of men’s wellbeing. There’s a long way to go for sure but I definitely feel progress is being made, which is good news.
"Our team at OTR were really impressed with Milk for Tea's Modern Masculinity workshops at our Hubs. Their passion and commitment towards providing support for men from all ages and walks of life was truly inspiring. It was very clear that Daniel and Jack are incredibly driven individuals who not only feel strongly about helping men understand the issues they are experiencing, but how we can all work collectively to heal them. Thank you both!”
- Maya Kalaria, Engagement Worker at Off The Record (Bristol)
Milk for Tea offer a unique and modern approach to addressing the problem of mental health in men and gender identity not just in the workplace but in wider society too.
Their enthusiastic and passionate yet humble and honest personalities lend themselves to delivering these types of workshops. They inspired and motivated a real engagement from their audience (the likes we've not seen before) who fed off their energy and felt safe and comfortable in the space Daniel and Jack had created. This is a prevalent issue that at present hasn't had the exposure it needs to even put it on many peoples radar. Milk for tea really helps you to look at the bigger picture from a different angle. Personally, Daniel's story and inspiration is something I (and what became clear was many others) could relate to heavily and it was the first time I'd ever had anyone stand up in front of me and speak honestly and openly about these experiences and feelings that were so close to home.
It was great to see how much of a varied audience we had in both gender and age (considering the workshop was called Modern Masculinity) and shows the appetite for learning and understanding of this topic. They focus on issues that affect all of us at both a macro and micro level and this is why I feel their workshops will offer genuine value to any audience. They are knocking on the door of an issue that has been overlooked for too long and the positive energy that motivates them can only bring about positive change.
- Alex Goodanew, Comms & Engagement Exec at OVO Energy
I worked with Milk for Tea Founders Jack Norman and Daniel Edmund through my work as a coach trainer for the MOE Foundation.
I have found both Jack and Daniel to be inspirational innovators who are delivering vital work in a challenging climate. Together they work with integrity, tenacity and a great sense of authenticity and belief in their work. They both proved themselves to be effective coaches working sensitively and listening acutely to the needs of their clients.
I wholeheartedly endorse Milk for Tea and its mission and look forward to seeing it flourish, as I am confident it will under Jack and Daniel's determined leadership.
- Mark Bixter, Coach and Head Trainer at MOE Foundation
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