Roots of Change is a storytelling platform dedicated to the Alumni community of The Funding Network Australia. Here we share their stories of ingenuity, courage, determination, spirit, growth and the impact these grassroots organisations have had, as a direct result of funds and support received from The Funding Network community.

The Man Cave

The Man Cave

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The Man Cave runs programs for adolescent boys (aged 12-16) that explore healthy masculinity, positive mental health, respectful relationships and gender equality.

Research shows that suicide is the leading cause of death for Australian men aged 15-44. At the same time, many men report feeling socially disconnected and that they lack secure relationships outside of their immediate families. The organisation also develops and runs programs for other key influences on boys’ lives including parents, teachers and older male role models.


2019 Pitch

Funds raised: $92,700

Traditionally, men have been taught that emotions are a sign of weakness. They’ve learned to bury their feelings and deny their fears. Unfortunately, that old narrative is still around today, and is holding young men back from reaching out for support when they need it most. At TFN Live Sydney, The Man Cave pitched for funds to train facilitators to run school-based workshops in New South Wales on the importance of positive mental health, respectful relationships, authentic story-sharing, vulnerability and connection.



Learn more about The Man Cave

themancave.life

Missing Persons Advocacy Network

Missing Persons Advocacy Network

Midnight Feast

Midnight Feast