Men in Sheds carve out their next project
Age UK Notts', Men in Sheds Project in Blidworth has been awarded £500 from our Community Support Scheme for materials and equipment.
Men in Sheds is a project that promotes positive mental health in older men through work, socialising, learning and skill development. Men aged 60+ can attend sessions from Monday-Thursday to share and hone their wood-working skills, whilst giving them the opportunity to make new friends.
Age UK Notts provides the ‘shed’ – a workshop, tools and equipment as well as a co-ordinator for support, but the day-to-day running is left to the group who choose the projects and activities. ‘Shed’ members come from a wide variety of backgrounds ranging from highly skilled carpenters to absolute beginners. Once activities have been chosen, the men work together to produce various wooden items which are then sold. All money made is then re-invested back into the group.
Nicky Wheddon, Men in Sheds Project Manager said “We have lots of members who love attending our Men in Sheds sessions, they enjoy the camaraderie each activity brings and creating goods that we can use to further fund the project. The feedback we receive is fantastic with many men feeling less lonely, more confident and valued once they have completed sessions. It’s good to know our project is serving its purpose, helping to promote positive mental health. The donation from The Mansfield has allowed us to keep our members active, it really has made a great difference.”
Nicola Caulton, Branch and Community Development Manager at the Society said “After speaking to the members I learnt just how significant the project is and how it has helped every one of them in a very different way. It showed me how important having a place to socialise is for these men, and how working as part of a team to achieve their own goals helps maintain positivity. I feel proud to be a part of a Society that can reach out to local groups and help support our community.”
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