Together Housing Group chief executive Kevin Ruth recently announced men’s mental health charity Andy’s Man Club as the group’s charity of the year 2022 during an online ceremony.

The Housing Association will be working with Andy’s Man Club throughout this year to help them gain support and fundraise to continue their work in men’s mental health.

Housing Association staff named 26 other charities and Andy’s Man Club got the most votes, with the partnership starting with a £1,000 donation.

Cancer Research UK came second with a £500 donation and Child Brain Injury Trust came third with a £250 donation to their cause.

Together Housing groundskeeper Lee Cumber named the charity and said: ‘There are still a lot of people, especially men and a lot of men from my group of age who suffer day to day.

“It’s tough. It’s very tough, but they just need to know that it’s okay to talk and it’s okay to feel like that.

“It’s so common. I wish people would talk about mental health like they talk about the common cold, that way we could end the stigma around it. Men’s mental health is often overlooked.

“People don’t know how hard it is for men to reach out and ask for help, especially with the stigma associated with it all.”

“I named Andy’s Man Club because I feel like they do just that, they allow people to talk and realize that it’s okay, and there are other people like that, d others in similar situations.

“I will never stop trying to raise awareness for mental health, especially men’s mental health. It’s such a great charity.”

Established in 2021, all staff have the opportunity to nominate a charity for this award.

Together Housing supports the association for one year by helping with promotion and fundraising.

These awards are part of Together Housing’s social value and health and well-being strategies which recognize the fantastic contribution of employees to improving the quality of life in the communities in which they live and work, as well as to the improving the mental well-being of staff by helping others.

Neil Waine, Project Development Champion at Andy’s Mans Club, said: “We are delighted to have been named Charity of the Year by Together Housing.

“We look forward to starting to support Together staff and users over the coming year and to continue meeting more and more people.

“Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 in the UK, and it’s vital that we are able to continue to spread our message, #ItsOkayToTalk, far and wide.”

Andy’s Man Club, a national men’s mental health charity, challenges stigma around men’s mental health and has more than 99 locations across the UK.

It was founded by former rugby league player Luke Ambler following the suicide of his brother-in-law which came as a huge shock to the family as no one knew he had struggled so much with his mental health .

Together Housing Group is one of the largest social landlords in the country, owning and managing over 36,000 homes, mainly concentrated in Yorkshire and Lancashire.

The main concentrations of properties are in Blackburn along with Darwen, Calderdale, Pendle and Rossendale and employ around 1,400 people.