Community Development and Older Men’s Programming: An International Case Study


  • Kerstin Roger University of Manitoba
  • Mary Anne Nurmi College of Nursing, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Nathan J Wilson School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University, Australia
  • Corey S Mackenzie University of Manitoba
  • John L Oliffe School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Canada



community, older men, Photovoice, men's sheds, volunteering, well-being


A growing body of research points to men’s groups as a benefit to communities because of their volunteerism and community-based programming. Spaces for older and retired men’s continued participation are provided including meaningful initiatives through these community resources. Little research, however, has explored groups for older men from a community development perspective. The purpose of this article is to describe a case study using Photovoice methodology with two men’s groups from Canada and two from Australia. We discuss men’s group participants’ perceptions of their groups’ contributions to the well-being of its members and the broader community, from a community development approach using photos as a key part of the study. Findings revealed older men’s volunteerism towards events and maintenance of community parks and museums, as well as mentorship activities, contributed to the well-being of a range of community members, while fostering a sense of accomplishment, friendship, and other benefits.

Author Biography

Kerstin Roger, University of Manitoba

Associate Professor, College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.