EveryMan is an organisation focused on men's issues.

We support men who are at risk of homelessness, living with mental health issues like depression or anxiety, living with disabilities, men who are perpetrators or survivors of violence, men who are ex-prisoners, socially isolated, or having relationship or parenting difficulties.

With over twenty years experience, we have the knowledge and tools to work with men through tough times, for change that matters. We use resources and specialist programs to reach real outcomes.

Every man deserves a chance.

Our Story

From Canberra Men's Centre to EveryMan

EveryMan began in 1992 as a twice-weekly drop-in space in a small upstairs room in St John's church. Our original name was Murringu and we provided men with access to support, counselling and advice from psychologists and counsellors. These early days gave men opportunities to meet up and explore personal issues and circumstances. It provided them with a support network and useful experiences with counselling.

By 1999 we had evolved from a small voluntary program to a community association with dedicated staff and counsellors. We were renamed Canberra Men's Centre and expanded our services. This allowed us to reach men with a broader range of issues. With the greater flexibility, we developed a stronger focus on working with men who are disadvantaged.

In 2016 we became EveryMan. This new name is distinctive and makes us recognisable to the wider community. This is important, as we have stepped up as thought leaders who advocate and educate about contemporary men's issues - locally and nationally. Now we can use our experience and understanding to speak out for men's issues across Australia.

Our People

Greg Aldridge

Executive Director

Greg is originally from Adelaide, and came to Canberra in February 1995. He joined the Board of EveryMan in 1996, serving as President for 3 years, before being appointed in 2004 as Men's Centre Manager (now Executive Director). He lives in Flynn with his wife, two part-time children, two dogs, and a garden which serves as living proof that only the fittest survive.

Greg is a registered psychologist who has worked in the community sector since 1977, with extensive experience, training and qualifications covering program management, complex case management, individual, family and relationship counselling and family therapy and consultation to health, welfare, mental health, education and legal services.

Before EveryMan, Greg worked in out-of-home care and family support services for over 9 years at Canberra's Marymead Child and Family Centre. In Adelaide, he worked with individuals, couples and with families dealing with domestic and family violence, child abuse and neglect (victims and perpetrators) in programs offered through the Adelaide Central Mission, CatholicCare and the Forensic Psychiatry Unit of the Women's and Children's Hospital.

Gerald Franks

Director Client Services

Originally from Sydney, Gerald came to live in Canberra in 1995. Gerald has worked in the community sector in various voluntary capacities for over 30 years.  Before moving to the community sector in a professional capacity in 1995, Gerald managed the family company in NSW for 19 years. His ACT community services experience includes working for Southside Community Services for 8 years, where he managed HACC services and provided outreach support for older people who were homeless and at-risk (ACHA).

Gerald has also taught at CIT, developing and delivering training programs and been a board member of community organisations in NSW and the ACT over the past 20 years, including membership of the Board between 1997 and 2002. Gerald resigned from the Committee in 2002 when he was employed as Transition Case Manager at Ainslie Village, where he worked until his appointment to the position of Manager (now Managing Director) Community Services in June 2004. 

Alistair Jones

Senior Manager

 Alistair was raised in the western Riverina, went to one teacher school and had a career in agriculture before leaving the bush to study Psychology, Sociology and post graduate Counselling Psychology.

EveryMan employed Alistair as our first Counselling Services Manager in 2008, and promoted him to his current position as Senior Manager in 2015.

Alistair has worked in the Community Sector since 1990 with youth at risk in Wagga Wagga before moving to Canberra in 1996 and continuing working with youth in Community Housing. His work has also included family support with Weston Creek community services, Counselling and Mediation with Relationships Australia Canberra and Region and Team Leader at Marymead Child and Family Services’ Parenting Orders Program- working with separated couples and children.

Alistair is a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and qualified in Training and Assessment in the V.E.T. sector. He has also provided his support and experience to the Youth Coalition of the ACT, Community Housing Canberra Advisory Committee, ACTCOSS and currently the Family Law Pathways Steering Committee.  

Alistair is committed to social justice principles, art for art's sake and to one day getting a decent tomato crop in the A.C.T.

 

Simon Port

Coordinator Intimate Partner Violence Prevention

Simon commenced with EveryMan in 2009 and for the past 5 years been the Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Coordinator and Senior Practitioner.  Among other programs he oversees the Working With the Man Program and the Preventing Violence Managing Anger Program group program.  Simon has a degree in Social Science, a Graduate Diploma in Community Counselling, a Certificate 4 in Assessment and Training and is PACFA certified as a Clinical registrant.   Prior to working with EveryMan, Simon worked for TAFE NSW as an Outreach Teacher.  Consequently, he operated very closely with Juvenile Justice and NSW Corrective Services in delivering programs to incarcerated individuals. He also worked extensively with post-release clients.

Simon is extremely passionate about intimate partners being afforded the help they need to address their aggressive behaviour.  He believes that rehabilitation is the best way to stop violence and keep partners and families safe.

Elizabeth Keir

Coordinator Integrated Practice Services

Liz was born and raised in Canberra, but for the last ten years she has been living on 5 acres on the South Coast with her four teenage children and a pug.

Liz has worked for EveryMan since November 2015 as Coordinator of Integrated Practice Services. This includes being responsible for the counselling program, complex needs clients and working with the organization to deliver the best outcomes for clients.

With 25 years in the Community Sector, Liz is a highly skilled and experienced practitioner, with qualifications in Counselling, Drug & Alcohol work, and in Management and Administration.  In the Drug & Alcohol sector,  she coordinated the NSW Drug of Dependence Act for the courts, managed a day program at a rehabilitation centre for young people, and worked in detox and needle exchange services. Her management experience also includes 8 years with Foster Care programs on the south coast, and running a women's refuge supporting women who were escaping domestic violence, or were homeless for other reasons.  

Andrew Simson

Coordinator Community Services

Andrew started with EveryMan in 2015, although previous employment meant he had been referring clients to this service since 2006. As Coordinator - Community Services, Andrew has brought with him a wealth of administrative and business knowledge. This was largely the result of his earlier career in various Commonwealth departments, specialising in finance and administration, where he worked for 10 years.

Andrew realised that, despite having a degree in economics and years of experience in Commonwealth departments, he needed a serious change in direction. In 2006, he began working for ACT Corrections as a Probation and Parole Officer and later as a Team Leader. This gave him both a strong understanding of the complex issues surrounding the clients, and a solid case management approach to working with them. Following this Andrew returned to the Commonwealth in 2013, working for the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce under the Attorney General's Department. As the Taskforce wound up around 2015, Andrew approached EveryMan offering his services, which we gladly accepted.


Our Work

It is crucial for our society make sure men are receiving the right support, tools and education. For over 20 years, we have been working to achieve tangible solutions for men with a range of issues. We also strive to change perceptions in the community and advocate so all men have a voice and a chance at a meaningful life. 

Our Board

Our Board

EveryMan Australia is incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1991, which makes us accountable to the ACT community. This means we are on the public record - providing a legal framework for our operations and activities, our financial affairs, our status as an association and identifying the people responsible for the governance of the organisation.

The Board of Directors

It is the role of the board to help build and put forward EveryMan Australia's vision in the ACT. They work closely with every aspect of the organisation to provide support and sound practice.

The Board is responsible for:

  • Upholding and advancing the purpose, vision and values of the Association
  • Exercising of the powers of the Association
  • Meeting the requirements of the Associations Incorporation Act
  • Day-to-day management and administration of the Association and its services
  • Financial management of the Association including meeting the requirements of funding agreements


Contact

If you'd like to contact the Board, you can write to:

The President
Board of Directors
EveryMan Australia
GPO Box 1753
Canberra ACT 2601

Purpose, Vision and Principles

EveryMan has been around for over twenty years, supporting men who are at risk of homelessness, living with mental illness or disability, ex-prisoners, perpetrators or survivors of domestic and family violence, men who are socially isolated, having relationship or parenting difficulties, suffering with depression or anxiety.  If you're a man, or a family member concerned about a man, we're here for you. 

Annual Report

Each year we publish our annual report online for the public to access. Here you can gain insights into our activities over the past twelve months.

 

Annual Report