Flint is a new project under the Azalea umbrella, but reaching men instead of women.
Flint is dealing with a high level of demand from men who want help. This is brilliant but poses a challenge in terms of capacity.
If you are a man seeking help, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to the Flint waiting list.
If you are interested in volunteering for Flint as a mentor, please contact 01582 733 200 to find out more or register for the next available training course. Find out what it involves on our training page.
In recent years, the number of men paying for sex in the UK has risen significantly.
Azalea has now set up a team to offer a programme of restoration and change for these men, under the banner “Flint”. One of the team tells us more about the project:
"Very little is being done for the men who create the demand fuelling the sex industry. Yet significant transformation in affected communities will never happen unless we address the needs of men who access women for sex and violence.
So we have created a programme for men. We looked into six different organisations and their courses to learn as much as possible. We have now written Walk and Talk: a programme that combines befriending, mentoring and an informative accountability course.
It is a non-judgemental programme offering hope and restoration to men who want to save their families and key relationships; who are socially marginalised by their addiction; and who have the courage to admit their problem and seek help. Six of us gathered to pilot this 9-week course, and be trained up as mentors."
As Flint launches, we are looking for volunteers to help in the following areas:
- Mentors to join the team
- Prayer support
- Fundraising and awareness raising
If you would like to find out more about Flint, visit the website or contact the Azalea office on 01582 733200.
FAQs about Flint
Is what I say confidential?
You can talk to us in full confidence.
We will not share anything you say outside the organisation without your prior permission. As part of staff oversight we may need to discuss cases, but this is done without identifying names or contact details. All participants in group work sign a confidentiality agreement before talking part. There is one exception where we are unable to guarantee confidentiality : we have a legal duty to report child sexual abuse or exploitation.
What training to Flint mentors have?
We screen and train our mentors.Flint mentors are mostly volunteers. They come from a variety of backgrounds. Most of them aren't professional counsellors, but the senior team includes a psychologist, a Christian counsellor, a social worker and a probation officer. All our mentors are screened and trained by Flint, and each of them has their own experience of finding a healthy sexuality.
Will any records be kept about me?
We use anonymous case numbers.
We know privacy matters to you, so we use anonymous case numbers on any written information. We have to keep brief notes of discussions for continuity, as mentors may have multiple cases to remember. These notes are kept in the Flint office in a locked cabinet
Is your programme faith-based?
Flint's programme has been devised by Christians, but is accessible to all.
Flint is a Christian charity, but we work with people from all faiths and none. Our programmes are based in clinical psychology and evidence based research, while drawing on relevant Christian teachings. Sessions are not 'religious' in tone or content, and all perspectives are respected.