Men’s Shed

8th March 2017, 11:56am | By Steve |

“One million people aged over 65 are often or always lonely.” – AgeUK

A shed is a place where people come together to learn and share DIY skills and carry out repairs and build things for the community such as benches, bird hides, nest boxes, etc.

In a nutshell:

A Men’s Shed provides a communal place of skills sharing, informal learning, of individual pursuits & community projects, of purpose, achievement & social interaction. Men’s Sheds are social groups that are self-governed, have their own constitution, their own income and their own meeting place. How each shed looks and the activities that take place in them depend entirely on the skills and interests of the group. Shedders are gardeners, artists, collectors, story-tellers, amateur radio enthusiasts, train spotters, model makers…..Anyone is welcome and any interest, skill or project is welcomed.


What makes this project special:
A recent Age UK survey showed more than one million people aged over 65 are often or always lonely, with two-fifths saying that their main form of company is the television. In Wiltshire, social isolation was ranked 1st out of 80 local concerns by the public.  With this is mind the desired outcomes of a Men’s Shed can promote social inclusion and wellbeing, through:

  • sense of purpose – learning new skills, sharing knowledge;
  • sense of accomplishment – personal achievement, contributing to the community
  • sense of control – co-participants in decision and activities
  • social engagement – opportunity to meet and interact with others, a physical place to spend time, develop friendships, enjoyment and fun
  • self esteem, self worth, self image – feeling positive and valued;
  • support – belonging, ‘kinship’ with other men, a sense of community
  • Provision of an environment in which older men can share their health concerns and experiences
  • Shedders can support other community groups – e.g. making bird boxes for a local nature reserve

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