Toowoomba & Darling Downs
(p) 07 4638 9080
“TASC would like to sincerely thank TOMNET for the invitation to the launch of “Older Men – Hidden Hardships” on the 16th of July. We were not sure what to expect when we arrived at the Empire TheatreChurch, but were greeted with warm handshakes, a buzz of humour, anticipation and apparent strong bonds of mateship and support. It was a rare sight to see so many men in one place; particularly being supporting to each other and their place TOMNET.
After fond introductions the audience witnessed the powerful documentary in which six men from TOMNET: Neil, Neil, Richard, Les, John and Lindsay shared what led to their relationship with TOMNET. The stories appeared to be the all too common, but hidden stories of Australian men, the dark places they can experience when faced with the challenges of identity after retirement, dealing with cancer or the loss of a life partner.
A few days after, I still see staff members get tears in their eyes when they recount Hidden Hardships to others. A staff member explained the event as an “incredibly moving and a very powerful statement of the links that are forged at TOMNET and the importance of providing a place for these Older Gentlemen to connect and continue to be such valuable, contributing members of our community.” – Meg O’Neill (TASC Inc)
“Older Men Hidden Hardships”
To find out how to secure your own copy of the DVD
please contact the TOMNET Centre on 4638 9080 or via email
TOMNET members featured in the DVD:
I had a really bad case of depression about 5 years ago.
I found out about the Volunteer program and I started as a mentor for disadvantaged youth – and its great.
Since joining TOMNET, I go home a different person, and I try not to go back to where I was.
I saw an article about TOMNET, and there was a photo of a guy that I knew years ago and he had a broad smile on his face…
After I lost my wife, I became very depressed. I received great support from the staff at TOMNET.
I was down, I knew that – I had never been knocked down in the boxing ring and I was sure that this wasn’t going to knock me down.